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11-11-2010, 10:36 PM
Well, break from weight loss is over, and thought I don't have a scale with me at college so I don't really know how much I weigh or how I'm doing, I'm starting again.

Problem is, that whenever I drop to 1200 calories from eating a bunch more suddenly, I feel terrible. Not hungry, just too lethargic to function, dizzy, moodswing-y, the like. Of course, the results are great, and I've never had any serious health problems, but it does reduce my productivity some, and tends to trigger panic attacks which I'd rather not have.

So you folks who know, am I doing something wrong that I can correct? Usually I have some mix of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast and lunch and something protein-y/fatty for dinner, like fish or pizza. I eat at a college dining hall, so it's tough for me to know the calories of most things, hence the oatmeal and fruit which is easy to calculate and contains both whole grains and vitamins. If you have any suggestions for more variety, though, I'd love them.

11-11-2010, 11:04 PM
Eat some protein at every meal, this has helped me tremendously. For dinner I didn't have any carbs and sure enough I started getting dizzy spells, anxiety was building I automatically knew that I needed to eat some carbs. Sure enough ate some carbs and started feeling great again. My carb intake is around 150g, I can't go too high or too low. For me its a balancing act if my carbs are too low I get low blood sugar and if carbs are too high I get a huge blood sugar spike and then a crash. If my cals are low my anxiety goes through the roof! same with carbs if they are too low I'm on the verge of a panic attack. Listen to your body if you think you need more cals then up your cals a little.

11-11-2010, 11:29 PM
It doesn't really sound like you are getting enough nutrients. I keep my calories low, but eat a lot of vegetables and low calorie foods to keep my energy up. Oatmeal is great with fruit, add a big salad with lean protein at lunch (chicken or low fat cottage cheese) and keep a lot of variety in your meals. Its tough being at college and dieting, I remember! Don't be afraid of a little fat if you need a handful of nuts to keep your protein levels up (also they are a healthy fat and good for the brain). Good luck!