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04-04-2011, 03:37 PM
Hi girls :) I don't know is this the right place to post this, but I need your help. I weight 290 pounds and I really want to lose weight , my doctor said I should weight around 136 pounds , I'm 5'8" ... He said I should eat around 700- 800 calories a day of healthy food and workout as much as I can. Do you think this is good ? I'm a bit scared , but hopeful cuz girl before me lost 172 pounds in a year. He said my weight will come off in a year.

If not can anyone who lost a big amount of weight help me to make diet plan ?

04-04-2011, 03:49 PM
Well I hope he plans to seriously monitor you if you plan to eat between 600-800 because that is extremely low. You must have some obesity related health problems because rapid weightloss like that could slow your metabolism, result in kidney, heart and other organ problems, leave you with lots of extra skin, and end you up in hospital if you don't get all the nutrients you need. I seriously hope your doctor went over everything you need to watch out for and what sort of foods you should be eating.

04-04-2011, 03:53 PM
I would double check with the doctor - I don't know of any who would recommend such a drastic diet. Are you sure he didn't say 1700 -1800 calories per day? You would still lose weight on such a plan if you stuck to it.

04-04-2011, 03:58 PM
No he said 700 - 800 I'm looking at my papers right now , and only added to count calories and gave me some papers with food and how to count them.

04-04-2011, 03:58 PM
800 calories is REALLY low IMO. I think you should get a second opinion. I think slow and steady weight loss with toning excerise would be way more beneficial than trying to drop it quickly. Just make sure you do what is best for YOU.

04-04-2011, 04:01 PM
Is this a liquid fast he wants you to go on? Is he going to use his own program that he will make money from? I don't think you should do anything below 1200 calories but at your weight, I would start off with about 1800-2000 or something like that. Yes, definitely workout but start out slow with just walking for longer than what you are already doing. Increase by 5 minutes every few days or even every week. Once you get into the grove of things, you could then start with some resistance training using free weights, resistance bands and your own body weight. If you can afford it, a personal trainer is a great way to help you set up a program but at the end of the day, the eating is the most important thing. Don't pressure yourself to lose all the weight within x amount of time. You'll just get frustrated and quit. That's what has happened to me many, many times. I really recommend you read a lot of the posts here by Kaplods. She has a very good way of explaining how to handle this journey mentally.

04-04-2011, 04:08 PM
I agree with all the others. Get a second opinion. Those numbers are crazy and I don't know a single medical professional that would recommend such a drastic and restrictive diet unless they were prepping you for immediate surgery.

04-04-2011, 04:22 PM
Yeah, that seems REALLY low. It seems unhealthy to me. Also, it seems like it'd be HARD. You'd think a medical professional would want to set you on a more sustainable long term path.

04-04-2011, 04:30 PM
i agree with the others that that sounds really low, most physicians advise to never go lower then 1200. Are you sure it is cals and not some sort of dietary exchange program for counting?

04-04-2011, 04:59 PM
I concur with what others said, and moreover would actually suggest you straight up get a 2nd opinion (if only from another GP but preferably from an obesity specialist).

As other said, not only does that much a reduced calorie diet come with many health risks and require much monitoring (blood tests, etc) it is very likely you would 'burn out' on such a restrictive plan pretty quick.

Many people on the forums have lost as much weight as you need to lose, with a focus on it being a sustainable life change rather than a temp plan to get quick results.

04-05-2011, 11:57 AM
Thank you all I will see what I can do :) If anyone can help me to make meal plan I would be happy or what kind of food to eat.

04-05-2011, 12:01 PM
wow thats really low. I told my doc when my friend said she was doing the HCG diet thing at 500 cals and asked if that was healthy because it didnt sound like it to me. She said "any doctor that says you should be on a diet with less then 1000 calories when you are healthy other then being fat needs to get locked up" She meant to be funny about the locked up part but there is a level that your body needs to function and that sounds way to low. I would ask someone else I mean even on biggest loser they dont do diets that darn low!

04-05-2011, 12:10 PM
Low calorie dieting is much debated around here and generally I'm one to advocate FOR low calories, but in this case... :yikes: I think both the calorie numbers AND the weight numbers are too low! At 5'8", 165 pounds is considered "normal" according to BMI standards, and is a good goal to aim for. You may want to shoot for lower after that, but I'd say that's a darn good number to get to.

Having done the low calorie thing from the very start, I now wish I had eaten as much as I could while still losing weight. A good number to aim for is to lose 4-8 pounds per month and adjust the calories down as you need to.

Losing large amounts of weight is not only possible, it's been done multiple times here. This is a great place for learning how to do that and for getting support as you proceed.

04-05-2011, 02:16 PM
Doctors can be idiots just like anyone else. Personally, I wouldn't see him anymore.

04-05-2011, 02:19 PM
Doctors can be idiots just like anyone else. Personally, I wouldn't see him anymore.

What do you call the person who graduated last in his class at medical school?


'Nuff said.

04-05-2011, 03:02 PM
I agree with everyone else! No one that I'm aware of should be on a 700 calorie diet! 1000 calories is the lowest I've heard of, and that's only if you are extremely close to your goal weight. 1200 calories is what I've always been told for the "average" woman to lose weight, but if you have a lot to lose then it can be closer to 2000 calories.

I would definitely get a second opinion!

04-05-2011, 05:09 PM
What do you call the person who graduated last in his class at medical school?


'Nuff said.

This is one of my dad's favorite jokes, for some reason.

04-05-2011, 05:21 PM
I, too, wouldbe concerned about so few calories... enough has been addressed about your doctor but you also asked for other help...

everyone has an opinion... so I am just going to tell you what has helped me and I started out around where you are....

1. eliminate pasta, rice, bread, potatoes and sugar.
2. Aim for about 1500 calories.
3. Weigh your food, measure your food and track it online with a site like www.livestrong.com.
4. When you are hungry or have the munchies drink a Crystal Light mix-In. I use the individual packets and mix it with 16.9 ounces of water.
5. Go to the gym and get on a treadmill, elliptical or bicycle (or all three). 6 days a week and burn at least 500 calories a day. You can do!
6. Lift some weights on your big muscles... don't worry about little ones right now. If you can't get a trainer buy a Fitness magazine they usually have some good exercises to start with. Or find a book at the library.

This is how I started.

04-06-2011, 02:56 AM
Yeah, that seems REALLY low. It seems unhealthy to me. Also, it seems like it'd be HARD. You'd think a medical professional would want to set you on a more sustainable long term path.

Hi malamaza,
Instead of making long jump start with small steps.
Set mini goals first, achieve them and set higher goals then. You will get motivated and it will be helpful for you in hitting your target of losing weight.
Few tips I want to share with you.
Break your meals in 6 small meals,
Drink 8/10 glass of water daily, Watermelon and grapefruit are great source of water and best for losing weight,
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet,
Chew your meal well before swallowing,
Don't take meals 20 minutes before sleeping,
Besides dieting start any physical work.

04-06-2011, 04:07 AM
Please get another doctor's opinion, 700-800 calories a day is too low and it will leave you hungry and miserable and even more so when you add exercise into your day. It seems as though your doctor is looking for an extreme weight loss in a small amount of time, however, I doubt the low calorie intake would help your weight loss in the long term. I think this type of advice is careless on your doctors part because you are more likely to give up on losing weight than you would with a more appropriate diet.
My doctor advised me to consume between 1200-1500 calories a day but usually I eat around 1350 a day. Good luck to you.

04-10-2011, 04:01 AM
Thank you all! :) I started with new diet and workout hope so it will work!