Ask an expert
Question

17 Mar 2007

starve
One more question. I read on this form about "starvation mode", when you eat to little and your body stops losing weight. How little is to little? A friend told me she lost 10kg in 15 weeks by eating?
breakfast: 100ml yoghurt with all bran
10h: apple
lunch: 4 pro vitas with tomato
4h: apple
dinner: 150g mixed veggies

Is this okey?
Answer 361 views
Expert
DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Me
I do not approve of starvation diets like this one, which will result in nutrient deficiencies. This diet is so minimalistic that it would not keep a sparrow alive! It is deficient in protein, iron, calcium, B vitamins (esp vit B12), zinc and omega-3 and if used for 15 weeks could lead to iron and/or vit B12 anaemia. The surprising thing is that your friend lost so little weight despite starving herself which supports the theory that starvation slows down weight loss. In 15 weeks she should have lost at least 15 kg on a balanced slimming diet (e.g. (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre diet, or try Weigh-Less or Weight Watchers or a Low-GI Slimming Diet) combined with exercise.
Take care
DietDoc
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
34% - 9269 votes
No
66% - 17871 votes
Vote