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Starvation Mode and Plateau Prevention

This series of articles offers essential tips and information to help you succeed on your weight loss journey with Calorie-Count.com.

Obviously, to lose weight, you want to be eating less than you burn a day, but how many calories less?

Doctors suggest that you eat between 500 and 1,000 calories less than you burn, however experience on Calorie-Count suggests you should actually try for a deficit of 500-750 calories a day. A 1,000 calorie a day deficit can both lead you to over-excercising or simply not eating enough. Remember, this is not a race. You aren't competing against anyone but yourself.

As you've no doubt heard, one pound of fat = 3500 calories. So, a loss of 500 calories a day is equal to one pound of fat lost a week. Slow and steady and totally maintainable.

No doubt, though, you've seen the fallacy of the first law of weight loss. You can actually strive to eat 1,000 or 1,500 calories less than you spend, right? Then the weight will be pouring off! Actually, that's not correct, because if you eat far less than you burn, your body rebukes you and slows down your metabolism.

It's suggested that there's a line - that if women eat less than 1200 calories a day or men eat less than 1500 calories a day, then their bodies will slow their metabolism down and they'll be unable to lose weight. This effect is often mistakenly called "Starvation Mode," as the metabolism slowdown originates from your body's impression that you are starving and it needs to do everything it can to help you to survive. Clearly, less is not always more, and much of the art of proper weight loss comes down to knowing how low you should go - and which line never to cross.

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