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20 Jul 2005

Too few calories consumed??
I only eat when I am hungry - usually in the morning and in the evenings (little appetite during the day) and as a result I am only consuming approx 1200 cal per day. Of these I do not consume any fatty products and choose fat free or low fat options. I am just concerned that I am doing damage to my body. I however can't force myself to eat during the day when I am not really hungry. Just as an example, this is a typical day for me: gym in the morning, bowl of porrige with very little skim milk and a teaspoon of sugar, fat free yoghurt for lunch, fruit, dinner - which usually consists of meat/poultry, vegetables and a starch and then something sweet like wine gums or a small bowl of ice-cream. Do you have any advise for me? I don't want to pick up any weight but I don't want my metabolism to fall through the ground and then when I do over indulge, my body stores it as fat. P.S how bad is the small treat after dinner? Many thanks
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Ajax
Eating less than 2200 cal a day should result in continuous weight loss and I wonder how much you actually weigh and what your BMI looks like. You need to eat at least 1700 cal a day. Start by including a fruit with your lunchtime yoghurt and have a handful of peanuts and dried fruit for a snack in the afternoon. I am worried that you may get anorexic - low body weight, depressed appetite, use of only fat-free products when your diet is already too low in energy, worry about tiny little sweets, etc. Just keep an eye on this tendency because you don't want to land up in the vicious cycle of anorexia. Please eat the small treat after supper and stop thinking it is bad. It may help you to take a vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum or Supradyn Forte to boost your appetite a bit and also supply you with nutrients that may be deficient in your present diet (calcium, zinc, B12, etc).
Take care
DietDoc
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