I have heard several conflicting theories about going into starvation mode when someone is not eating enough calories for their activity level. There are people that say this is correct and there are others that argue it is B.S and say that a person will still lose weight even if they are not eating enough calories. What do you think? (I would rather ask a bunch of professionals such as yourselves than read any more comments in a bogus comment feed).
Hello Missy Reece,
Mark Twain is quoted as saying: be careful reading health books, you may die of a misprint.
I am also a health coach and personal trainer, who does not recommend or use supplements; the two certifications overlap with health coach being more of a lifestyle over training. With that said, I see overweight people who starve themselves. The food source is kept in the system for every nutrient possible, causing distention, among other things. When the client starts eating and exercising properly, it is like magic, making everyone happy. Sometimes there is more going on…chemical sensitivity from food and/or environment, diagnosed by their doctors.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Well, this was a very interesting thread.
I kind of get where you are coming from, as the (highly ungrammatical) saying goes.
As fitness professionals (of various kinds) we get lots of questions, some of which are in our scope of practice, and many of which are not. I’ve often been asked to diagnose a pain of one kind or another, or recommend a diet.
And of course, as fitness people we are interested in more than our own corner of the field. I may mostly teach yoga, but I take classes in spinning, and kettle balls, and lots of other things. I also am very interested in the relationship of food and exercise and health. I think most of us are.
And, unlike 20 years ago, most of what we learn, how we study, how we interact, pretty much everything, is done online. A few days ago we got a yellow pages delivered. My response was, ‘really?’ But of course, it is like the great Samuel Johnson said “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” A librarian used to have a room full of books, each one a guide to a specific area of information. Now we just go online….. but we have to develop the skill of the librarian to find the place where we can best access the information we want.
There is a lot online that is written in ignorance. There is a lot that is willfully misleading, either for play, or for profit. Always consider the source. Always consider the motive. Always look for possible profit. Always get a second opinion. Always go past the first page of replies, Always check google scholar or some place like that.
I think you make sense bringing the question to a forum like this, as you will get a more professional response (when the question is answered). But you might get even better answers going to a chat room full of nutritionists with a nutrition question.
I thought it was an interesting question, and I liked Daniel’s answer.
Please make sure to check the peer reviewed journals for this sort of information – many are available online.
If an athlete, or any very active person, consumes fewer calories than they use – over time – they will lose weight. But the body doesn’t choose from where the weight loss occurs – or whether they lose lean mass or fat mass.
That’s why fat loss can be tricky. I’m also a natural health coach, but have been a personal trainer since 1986 and has a master’s degree in kinesiology.
I’m not saying that to brag – I’m saying that because I’ve been doing it so long and just continue to get more and more certifications and I’m not sure if health coaches are also qualified weight management trainers or if the focus of a health coach is more about supplementation, herbal remedies, and that sort of thing.
In my mind they sort of overlap…but maybe it depends on the program.
Anyways ay, I didn’t think you were an advocate for a vlcd- but just saw that you wanted clarification.
Athletes – especially ballerinas, gymnasts, wrestlers, and jockeys, do suffer greatly from the consequences of vlcd’s. Osteoporosis, kidney failure, heart failure…
I hope I didn’t offend – my offer still stands – I also receive coaching and training from other trainers.
Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
I know you already got your question answered. But whenever you see the words starvation and diet in the same sentence – stop reading and run! There are scientific laws and there are theories. The people with the the theories are typically pedaling something – whether it’s a book or a supplement. It’s been going on forever – that’s just how it is.