Do I lose weight by starving myself?

Starving. Yes you will lose weight but you will not feel well. Aim at 2-4 lb. weight loss a month. Take a look at "NuVal" on the web. It lists 100 items with lower numbers on the list the less likely it is to be good for your health. In contrast, the closer to a score of 100 the happier and healthier you will be.