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).
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.