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    Sarah Vail
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    This is my first time on an ultra low calorie plan because I’ve always understood that when calories are too low our metabolisms slow down. This is probably part of what got me to 222# at 48 years old. I can’t afford for it to get any slower. LOL
    I’ve always exercised, and get my 10k steps a day plus some weight exercise, but steadily gained-not muscle.
    This is the end of week two for me, so the honeymoon may be over as I gained a pound, after losing 8!
    My question is, at my age and history, am I further damaging my metabolism with 1000 calories a day?
    I feel good and since the end of week one I’ve not had headaches or cravings.I’ve logged every bite and been over 100oz of water daily, too.

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    Jessica Romeo
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    Sarah,

    Yes going super low calorie for too long is not a good thing. However the Phase 1 portion of this plan should not have to last long enough for this to happen. Also be sure that you are adding additional calories if you have particularly more active days. You will definitely be feeling sluggish and lower your metabolism even further if you don’t account for activity. If you are feeling really exhausted and hungry I would add in an extra meal or 2 when needed. Every person is different so in my opinion it is tough to say that everyone should go on a super low calorie plan. Even if you don’t hit your weight goal in the 90 days that Phase 1 should max out at, when you do phase 2 I think you will find yourself still losing, because you will be shocking your body with the re-introduction of some healthy carbs such as sweet potatoes.

    I am glad that you are feeling great!

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    Sarah Vail
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    Thank you! I m confused by the exercise rule in the book, as it sounds like you only add in calories if the exercise s for a consecutive 60 minutes. I do 30 in the morning and 30 late afternoon. Should I add more calories?

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    Lauren
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    Hi Sarah,

    Exercise is exercise. That’s great you are doing 30/30. Keep it up! You will feel your body needing a little more calories once the workout is over, so definitely add in a little.

    Best,
    Lauren

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