How long do you have to starve yourself to lose weight?
How long do you have to starve yourself to lose weight?
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Answer by Matthew Crowder
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Do NOT starve yourself; this could be deadly!
Despite the lure of starving (or almost starving) yourself in order
to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, this is
absolutely not a healthy move in the long run. Such behavior can
lead to serious disorders such as Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia
Nervosa, which, although they are referred to as "eating
disorders," are, in fact, emotional disorders. For more details on
this topic, consult with your doctor or see the Related Link.
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If you starve yourself, you will be very unhealthy and weak and
probably grumpy. And as soon as you start eating again, you will
gain back all of the weight -- and probably more. It's better to
eat 5-6 healthy light meals a day. And try to stay away from
carbonated beverages and other junk foods. It may take a while for
you to lose weight; each person is different. But if you are eating
healthily, you will lose weight. You will lose even more weight if
you exercise along with eating a healthy diet.
Do not starve yourself. When you skip a meal, your body stores
more of the next one, and your metabolism also slows down -- even
if just a little. If you make a habit out of starving yourself, you
will become anorexic. This is a very unhealthy and unsafe way of
trying to lose weight. You become hungry because your body needs
food to keep it going. If you starve yourself, you will be killing
your body (I'm not talking about skipping a meal here or there). It
isn't healthy to not eat. There are many diets and exercise plans
out there that you should try looking at. Anorexia is a very
serious problem. Don't get yourself mixed up with it.
I starved myself, lost 30 pounds and gained 35 pounds back. You
cannot starve yourself without gaining it all back. I'm sorry to be
harsh about it, but it's only because I have gone through so much
pain and anger from starving myself.
I could give you 100 good reasons not to starve yourself. Don't
think that it won't happen to you, because it will. I thought that
I could go on starving myself forever and never gain a pound. I
rolled my eyes when anyone tried to warn me or anyone else. In the
end, I got help and I'm much happier.
Please don't starve yourselves. I came so close to almost killing
myself because of everything that I went through -- the dieting and
then the binging. You will deprive yourself too much and your body
will go crazy and eat everything in your house. Please try to hang
in there. I know it's hard, but please just try to get help.
I think that starving yourself does help. But: you want to lose
weight and look good, right? Well, how good will you feel when you
are so hungry that the pain in your stomach is almost unbearable.
In addition, your family feels helpless because they love you and
do not want to see you throw your life away.
Try the healthy method and eat lots of fruit, drink heaps of water,
and stay away from the chocolate. Also, partying on the weekends
does not help if you require the usual hangover cure of Macca's the
next day. Try eating a Caesar salad; i did that, and it felt great.
Just please don't starve. You are beautiful and anyone who doesn't
see this has the problem -- not you!
I agree with the previous answer. Starving seems like a quick
and easy way to get the body of your dreams. It might work
physically; inside, however, you are slowing -- and sometimes
quickly -- just killing yourself. It's so scary! Why do it?
What we all need is self-driven determination. I know it can be
difficult to exercise. I hate saying No to pizza and a cold Pepsi,
then choosing grapefruit and water instead. But instead of
starvation, why not just eat healthy food, lose weight and exercise
like every few days. Even healthy food alone does the trick; this
way, your are still giving your body the nutrition and vitamins it
needs and you still get to eat tasty food. A few things you can
splurge on while eating healthily are slim fast shakes; grapefruit;
a few Saltine crackers with cheese. And black coffee and tea are a
Lastly, water. It's so plain. But on those days where there's
nothing to do, go jog or do sit-ups. After that, you will crave
craving a tall glass of water and then get full on that. Trust me,
it's so much healthier!
I don't care if you weigh 200 pounds or if you have a big nose or
the worst acne. You are all beautiful. Don't change for anybody; if
they can't accept you for you, then they are just not accepting of
themselves! You are truly beautiful. That's why God made you who
you are. :)
An alternative to actually starving yourself is only eating
foods in their natural form. Some examples are: Breakfast --
oatmeal - as much as you want; Lunch -- Caesar salad from
McDonald's; Dinner -- vegetables, raw or cooked with no oil.
You can eat oatmeal anytime you want and as much as you want; it
will fill you up and take away the hunger.
What are you doing to yourselves? I've suffered from Anorexia
for 11 years now (I was born into a family where such behavior and
habits were normal). I subsisted on milk and sandwiches as a child.
And now, at 17, I can hardly bring myself to have food touch my
lips without hesitation.
Starving yourself is not the answer: you're hurting your
brain, your muscle mass, the strength of your bones, your vital
organs. If you want to lose weight, and keep it off, wouldn't you
want to do the best and healthiest thing for your body to ensure
that you look slim and slender -- and stay that way too? My fear of
gaining weight, and body fat in general, increases every day of my
life. Not a second goes by without thinking about it... Is that
what you really want?
Starving yourself -- Anorexia, Bulimia -- these aren't ways of
life, no matter how many pro-anorexics claim it to be; no matter
how many nearly emaciated celebrities you see on TV. These women
are sick. They are unhealthy, and in their future, they are looking
for a slew of medical problems with the way they are dieting. Take
advice from someone who has been to the very bottom, weighing 85
pounds at age 15, 5' 3", and still on a rocky recovery to a normal
body weight. I know there is no hope for me of returning to a
"regular diet," but please -- especially the women out there -- do
not put yourselves in such a situation! Eat healthily, and
exercise. Think positively of yourselves, and take time out every
day to relieve stress. I promise you, the healthier way is a much,
much better alternative than a slow and painful path to
Do you people notice how you have to KEEP starving yourselves
for those few days? It's because, despite the rapid weight loss, it
comes back. The only way to get rid of that weight is to either
become anorexic/bulimic, or eat healthily and do exercise. Take it
from a person who's contemplated starving herself many times, who
HAS tried it before. Sure, guess what, I did lose some weight. But
my stomach also started to eat itself and then I got a stomach
ulcer. When someone even HUGGED me, I got a horrible, stabbing pain
in my upper and lower abdomen. And then I had to force myself to
eat when I thought I wasn't hungry , because your body doesn't send
you the impulses like it usually does. Now, I still eat when I'm
not hungry and I ended up GAINING weight!
I know it's hard. I hate exercising and getting sweaty, and I still
wonder if I should just try skipping meals again. But I know what
the consequences will be. I don't want to look like some skinny
model; I just don't want a fat stomach. But by starving yourself,
and then eating normally, over and over again; or by purging, or
constantly starving yourself, you're going to ruin your body even
though it'll get thin. I'd rather be a little overweight than lose
my entire life to an eating disorder.
I found out how to make your metabolism faster: cardio
exercise. Anything that gets your heart a-pumping, such as biking,
walking at a good pace, jogging, etc. Your metabolism skyrockets
and you can eat more and not put on weight. Or you can EAT THE SAME
AMOUNT AND LOSE WEIGHT!
In addition, Pilates is excellent for losing weight. You can learn
some of the exercises from their infomercials.
And I don't have to tell you how good it feels to eat! I went on a
crash diet. It sucked at first, and my stupid stomach wouldn't shut
up! I was tired and hungry and I just wanted my favorite foods! But
then I got used to it. I held my head higher every day. I was proud
of myself for controlling my eating. I got better and better at it.
And I got skinnier. You could see it in my face and everywhere
else, although it wasn't THAT fast. But, one morning I woke up
sick. I panicked. I vomited water. IT WAS AWFUL. But I KEPT GOING.
I "stayed strong," and didn't "let myself go." Or so I told myself.
I found ways of not letting people know that I wasn't eating, such
as making the dinner while my mum was on her walk and telling her I
had already eaten; or dirtying plates to make it look like I had
eaten. You get the idea. I kept on and on, until I started to lose
less weight than before, but I kept going.
Then, I started to die. Seriously, die. My brain didn't work as
well as it used to. I began to get weaker and weaker. I damaged my
liver, my kidneys and my heart (emotionally as well as physically).
I had been known for my quick wit and imagination. Then I was
dying. I put my weight above EVERYTHING. Now I was dying. I
couldn't be ME. I COULDN'T BE ME ANYMORE. I was sick and I needed
I began to eat. At first, I couldn't. I vomited it. I wanted to eat
good food (junk food) but I managed to be strong and only eat
fruit, vegetables and grains. I drank soy milk (no lactose). I
began to come back to life. I still hated myself for eating at that
stage. I thought to myself: "How weak. All that time, wasted. You
stupid fat pig." But I began to pray. Although this might sound
stupid to some of you, please hear me out.
I prayed: "What the hell am I doing. There ain't anyone listening.
Are you going crazy, you...?" But I kept praying, what the hell?
And my prayers got answered. I didn't know that would happen. I
just didn't know what to do, so I simply prayed. And I got better.
I figured how to be how I wanted. And I shared some of that with
you before. And I found out that God actually exists. I thought he
didn't, but he is there, so there! I am happy now! And I have
someone who loves me! He always has, he said, and he always will --
even if I do something really bad. And he told me that it doesn't
matter if I am the fattest girl in the UNIVERSE, he still loves me!
This blew me away!
So anyway, I'm free, I'm me, I'm happy, I'm not depressed anymore.
I am worth something and beautiful to someone, and I think that's
all I needed.
Starving is not the right way to go. It's a very unhealthy
thing to do; what you need to do is just eat healthily and do
exercise! Another VERY important reason not to starve yourself is
because it shuts down a lot of organs in your body because they
don't get enough nutrients to keep it working and you can EASILY
become infertile! Is it really worth it? Is it worth not having
children some day and not being able to share this joy? So, please
think about this before you go on starving yourself. Just exercise
and you'll lose the same amount of weight.
Starving yourself to lose weight is the worst possible thing
you can do to your body.
Sure it will work, but it doesn't mean its GOOD for you... By
the time you are 20 or 30, you'll end up having heart failure and
liver failure and kidney failure and every other organ in your body
I just want to tell you know that, from starving, I lost a baby
after I became pregnant.