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28 Feb 2004

slowing down metabolism
I posted a question under fitness doc, this is related to it but not the same. I have been restricting my calories intake heavily these past six weeks or so- eating from 0-300 calories a day, usually less than 100 though. (in the past month, i have eaten 4000calories.)
I know this isn't right, but i was desperate. I lost 10 kilos, and I still need to lose about 8-10 more, but i have stopped losing weight. I exercise for 1 1/2hours a day (burning +/ 600 calories in cardio and 30min of weights)
I am 1.77m tall and weigh 66kg.
My problem is i am not losing weight any more. I reallise i have damaged my metabolism, but i want to slowly build up my intake but i'm too scared that i will gain.
Please help me, i dont know what to do.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Funky
Why on earth do you still want to lose more weight??? At present your BMI of 21 is already below the ideal for your height. If you lose another 10 kg, your BMI will equal 17,9 and be below the normal range, which is not good for your body or health. Once your weight is in the normal range, your body quite correctly tries to conserve its energy reserves and if you then expose it to starvation, which you have been doing, then it shuts down its weight loss mechanisms to try and survive. If you continue with this regimen you will become ill and could just slip into anorexia which is NOT the way to go. Please click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre slimming diet that is balanced. Start using this diet and because your weight is already below the ideal for your height, you can eat larger portions of the permitted food.
Take great care
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