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31 May 2004

Starvation mode
I normaly eat 5 tims a day to keep my metabolism going. I am on the Weight Watchers program. I train 4 times a week for 1 and half hour. 40min cardio and the rest weight training. I weigh 58kg and is 1.63m tall. Over weekends I sometimes don't eat during the day or only a very small snack if i know we are going to a party or having a big meal [saving points]. I found that I gain very easily 1 to 2 kg on a weekend. Could it be from putting my body into " starvation mode"?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Liza
Thank you for your kind words. 'Nibbling' instead of 'gorging' is known to help with weight control as long as you eat healthy, low-fat foods at all these small meals. Your present BMI = 21,8, which is ideal for your height, so you really don't need to lose any more weight. The weight you gain over weekends is a function of a number of factors such as the starvation which then tends to make you eat more at the next meal, richer food that you may eat at parties and alcohol (?) if this should apply and less activity. Another possibility is water retention. Do you lose the 2 kg again during the week? if so this could just be a normal variation in body weight. It is always better to still eat your normal meals and not to starve the body.
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DietDoc
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