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Low calorie diet and metabolism


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1 hour ago, Shezian said:

Just a quick question. Does eating 800-1000 calories per day and losing weight,  decrease your metabolism over time?  

If it does, then keeping weight down would be a never ending battle hard to win. 

 

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Snez

 

We've discussed several times about setpoints and bodyweight homeostasis, which is regulated by the brain. The body tends to defend its long-acquired mass sometimes strenuosly, activating all energy-saving metabolic mechanisms. Subjects will not lose weight, but be sleepy and cold all day. That's why often it's much better not to decrease calories drastically. The battle often is won by a cunning strategy and not by brute force.

 

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1 hour ago, mccoy said:

That's why often it's much better not to decrease calories drastically.

 

Alternately,  if you are mentally and socially up for it,  I believe fasting to be a great way to lose  weight.   Doctor's approval advised.     Jason Fung, M.D., for  example,  has been treating obese and diabetic patients with fasting for years.  You can easily find information on his views.  It's too   big a  topic  for me to go into in detail.

 

 

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My eating window is from 2-7pm each day, so that is some kind of fasting. But will look into Jason Fung, am interested to read about what he has to say. 

Being nearly 50 and in menapause makes it very difficult to say in the healthy weight range without constantly feeling hungry. When l eat 1000 calories per day l lose about 1/2 kilo per week but always regain the weight back when l eat more. Sick of YO YO dieting. I understand CR is very beneficial for longevity, but l also want to be able to eat enough not to always be hungry. So l am thinking of eat more like 1300 calories per day and give myself a chance for a slower weight loss that l can maintain for life. Being only short 153cm l guess even this calorie level would be high. 

 

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There are ways to trick hunger eating little calories, natural ways, probably you tried them but just to remind: eat lots of fibers/vegetables, make thick smoothies with cacao powder and guar gum or psyllium husk powder, eat little fats, inhibit the neurological signal by making foods unappetizing, use natural zero calories sweeteners, make thick smoothies with pea protein powders, soymilk and sweeteners, eat tofu (very satiating), and other satiating foods with moderate caloric power.

Practice FMD 5.days fasts which elevate ketones concentrations in the blood which has a suppressing effect on hunger.

Metformin also has often a hunger-suppressing effect and is a drug believed by many to increase longevity and protect against cancer.

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Usually l make a batch of Broccoli soup with Gelatin powder and vegetable stock and find that very filling. Also, l make smoothies with protein powder, but never had guar gum, and l usually take plyslliium husk in the from of capsules when l haven't gone to toilet for a few days. I tend not to eat much fat as they are high in calories. Are you suggesting to eat a little fats each day? 

Whats the best natural sweetener? I find stevia very unappealing. 

What pea protein powder do you suggest?

FMD-do you mean fasting mimicking diet? If so, l have done this in the past every few months, but haven't done it for a while. 

 Does Metformin cause nausea in some people?

Lastly, what is the best way to get good gut bacteria. I force myself to eat yogurt a few times per week, and pickle vegetables.

 

Many thanks for the helpful ideas and insights. 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

Are you suggesting to eat a little fats each day? 

A few healthy fats are beneficial

 

On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

Whats the best natural sweetener? I find stevia very unappealing.

Stevia and erythritol is best, taste-wise

On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

What pea protein powder do you suggest?

I don't know them all, pure pea protein is not good tasting, the latest product I took is for vegan bodybuilders, Weider fruits & greens extract added-vegan protein vanilla flavour, very good blended with soy milk and thickeners (guar, psyllium powder...). I no longer adhere to a vegan diet, so probably I won't use what is left of the tub. Whey protein powder is far more digestible. Pea protein is much more satiating though.

On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

FMD-do you mean fasting mimicking diet? If so, l have done this in the past every few months, but haven't done it for a while. 

Exactly, that's very useful, you loose 2.5 kg per cycle, then eat moderately, gain less than 2 kg, keep trending down a little, the successive cycle loose another little, after a few of years you  may loose quite a few kilos almost painlessly.

 

On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

Does Metformin cause nausea in some people?

Definitely so, I never tried it, but it is part of therapeutical treatments together with drugs that increase hunger. Sometimes together with antipsychotics.

 

On 8/26/2020 at 11:22 PM, Shezian said:

Lastly, what is the best way to get good gut bacteria. I force myself to eat yogurt a few times per week, and pickle vegetables.

Diversity of fibers (vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts & seeds). Yogurt and kefir are great.

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