“I’m not hungry for more than xxxx calories a day”
“I’m only eating xxxx calories a day and I’m stalled. I don’t get it.”
I see these posts in the various Facebook Groups all day. I’ve been seeing them 10 times a day for the last year. That is 3,650 posts about the same issue. 🙂
Here is why you are losing more hair than weight doing keto!
I have yet to find a person alive that doesn’t have a base metabolic rate of at least 1300 cals. That person is a 90 lb sedentary woman.
A 200 lb man has a base metabolic rate (BMR) of 1875 cals. That means this is the amount of calories that are required to keep him alive. Not to allow him to move. Just to keep him alive. If he slept 24 hours a day and didn’t speak, blink or play with his fidget spinner. Any other movement requires more energy.
How long do we think we can keep eating 1300-1500 cals a day and moving around, working, exercising and basically just doing life when we need 1875 cals just to exist?
Do we think it’s possible to drive our car 1000 miles on 800 miles worth of gas?
Yeah I know, “we can use our fat sores and lose mad weight.”
Yeah for a time. Our fat is emergency fuel not full time fuel. It is there to protect us overnight or for a short time until we find food. Not as a permanent fuel tank. It’s the reserve not the main and the body is not about to let it run dry and risk having to use lean mass or organs for fuel.
This is starvation mode.
When we give our body a budget it will try to work with it. Guess what it will start sacrificing first? Non vital things like hair and finger nails.
Anyone’s hair falling out and have brittle nails? I bet there are a bunch. How many cals a day you eating?
This way of eating is not about calories. It’s about hormone control. If you control insulin you lose weight regardless of caloric intake. The difference is, if you starve yourself your body will start releasing cortisol. This spikes insulin. This reduces hunger. This raises blood sugar.
You cannot starve yourself. If you are you may as well do a low fat diet or join weight watchers. It’s the same thing.