|07-28-2012, 12:31 AM||#1|
Junior LCF Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
New "totally confused" dieter...
Hello JUDDD members.. My name is Aly. It's nice to meet you all So, here is my problem..
I have been counting calories for the last two years, but it couldn't last long. My problem is: I am eating too low (500 calories a day) for few weeks, which probably kills all my health + metabolic rate slows down and goes into starvation mode. But after that I get tired of dieting and begin eating eating and eating for a few weeks... So I end up gaining all the weight I have lost and even more... But as much as I try, I can't maintain normal calorie balance.. I love food too much.. That is why I have decided to switch to JUDDD. It sounds good and healthy, and I am quite used to go low and high in calories. I have read a lot of information about this diet, and some of it is very confusing for me.
As I understood, the Down Days calories should be as low as possible, less than 500. But what about Up Days? A lot of people stall if they go a little bit higher than the basal metabolic rate. I am 168 cm tall, and my current weight is 60 kg. I am almost happy with that, but still need to lose around 5 kg to make belly flat and body perfect. I do a light exercise, 3-5 times a week. The calculator tells me that my basal metabolic rate is 1400 calories. But if I exercise, it's 1900. Difference is high, and I am not sure which number I should stick to. I feel better about eating less than 1400, but I am afraid that I may get into starvation mode.. What is the lowest number of calories which may lead for starvation?
The calculator is very confusing as well... Will it be better if I count calories according to "Basal Metabolic Rate"? Or I have to include exercise? I am scared of overestimating it! So, in my opinion the lower calories, the better, but I might be wrong...
Please, I need your help... What should I do?
|07-28-2012, 03:30 AM||#2|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Munich, Germany
Stats: 170/169/130 (age: 39)
Start Date: Restart January 2015 - this time it's for real!
How old are you?
I can't imagine that the calculator shows you only 1400 for UpDays. I would think about 1650 or 1700 calories or something like that (without sports).
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|07-28-2012, 04:52 AM||#3|
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Asheville, NC / Marietta, Ga
Stats: 175/111.8/124 - 5'4, 61yo
WOE: JUDDD/PHD, LC now that my BG is getting weird
Start Date: JUDDD 1/1/12 + LCHF 12/1/13 (controlling diabetes)
On Dr Johnson's website, the DD/UD calculations are based on BMR. DD is approximately BMR - 14%. And UD is approx BMR + 14%.
If you truly do reasonably light exercise, even if you do it seven days a week, most of us find it is best to calculate using 'little or no exercise'. In general the rule is use one level lighter exercise than you actually do.
I used the info you provided and tried guessing a lot of ages for you. I kept getting UDs in the 1600 to 1700 range.
JUDDD is not simply a low calorie diet. Instead, on DD we invoke the body's natural response to impending famine. The body, under food stress, generates sirtuin enzymes that cause it to spare and even build muscle, selectively burn fat, and clean up damaged/dead tissue for extra fuel.
On UD we deliberately end this response by eating over BMR. Sirtuin enzyme generation stops. Any unused enzymes remain in your body, still burning fat and dead tissue. Gradually - over two to eight weeks depending on your metabolism - so many enzymes are left over that you remain in fat burning mode most or all of UD. Which means the food you eat on UD is excreted, not stored.
As far as what DD/UD calories are perfect for you...it is best to start with the calculations from the website. Then, over time, tune them if you need to. Many of us find we lose best eating above the website numbers. Some do have to drop DD and/or UD numbers. Again, it all depends on the metabolism.
If you go too low on UDs, you do not break the food stress response and you are in just another low cal diet: not gaining improved health, probably not losing much weight. I did that accidentally and slowed myself way down.
Still at goal 2/6/13
STILL below goal 2/15/14
I did not "lose" weight. I evicted it. It is gone and it ain't coming back!
JUDDD cares about calories. JUDDD does not care what you eat. Your body probably does.
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|07-28-2012, 08:00 AM||#4|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Stats: Weigh 2 much Age 53
Start Date: June 19 2012
This confused me when I would get different numbers.
|07-28-2012, 08:21 AM||#5|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New Jersey
Stats: 293/<273/<160 (5'7")
Start Date: restart 6/12/14 @ 289.4
Here is a thread I find very inspiring, and will perhaps allay your fears about UD calories:
On an Up Day, you want to eat a little bit more than you would on a "normal" low-calorie or low-fat diet; not to pig out, necessarily, but you should not feel too much like you are on a diet. Even if it's one meal or one snack, I try to have something that feels like an indulgence.
"Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast." --Ace Rimmer
"Really, how is eating a piece of cake bad? Being bad is murdering someone.
That's bad. Don't do that." --Sarah Michelle Gellar
New lows, 2014:
Last edited by piratejenny; 07-28-2012 at 08:22 AM..