So, after I finished up my earlier post today I decided to go play basketball to take my mind off of not getting much sleep. Well, I decided to weigh myself for fun. I’ve hovered around 175 for the last decade of my life, never varying by more than 2 or 3 lbs. Guess what it was today? 165. In only 7 days I’ve unintentionally dropped 10 lbs., which, since it stems completely from malnutrition, couldn’t be the happiest news possible. Consider:
3500 calories= 1 lb. (appox.)
10 lbs. = 35000 calories
I have been averaging 500 calories a day for the last 7 days, so I’ve only had an intake of 3500 total calories, creating a 35000 calorie deficit.
I’ve been doing some reading about what’s to come- my body is going to begin to go into starvation mode, meaning that it will begin to lower metabolism to compensate for the lack of caloric intake. Since muscle contains more nutrients than body fat, my body will begin to lose muscle mass to try and make up for the lack of caloric intake. This will in turn further degrade the metabolism rate, which may eventually level out to allow me to get by on such a lower amount of calories. But the end result would be devastating long-term.
To be honest, today I woke up and felt pretty light-headed, and it wasn’t just because of waking up at 3:30 am. It wasn’t until I ate breakfast that I actually felt well enough to function for the day.
I proposed shifting the strategy of food I was going to eat, but it may be too late for that- the damage is already done, and potentially doubling the calories isn’t going to magically make everything better. It’s only been a week, and isn’t too late to get back to normal. But it would have to be now.
What do you all think? It’s clear to me from weighing myself this morning that to continue this experiment has already taken a pretty heavy toll on me. I don’t necessarily feel that bad, but rationally it’s obvious. If I had started off the 30 days with this newer strategy, I think things would have been better. I could have more slowly eased myself down on calories.
As I think about what the future inevitably holds if I continue down this path, to keep it up seems downright reckless and irresponsible. As exist-dissolve originally said: I’m screwed.
If this is going to stop, it needs to stop today. One of my co-workers has already advised me to stop. Chime in and let me know what you think.