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A 20-year-old male asked:

Would consuming only 1000 calories put my body into starvation mode?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on your body's Total Energy Needs, and your Energy Availability (Calories In minus exercise and other daily activities). If you are in negative Energy Balance, you may lose weight or your body may go into conservation /starvation mode and lower your metabolic rate instead.

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A 21-year-old male asked:

Is it true that eating below 1200 calories puts your body into starvation mode?

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Dr. Gloria Fong
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Yes and no: Your calorie requirement is dependent on your height, weight, activity level. If you take all 1200 calorie at night and not eat breakfast and lunch you can still gain weight. If you spread that same amount calorie over 3 meals then you will lose weight because that keeps your metabolism up. Not eating all day your metabolism will slow down and be in a hibernation state.

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Last updated Apr 17, 2015

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