How much dieting is too much dieting?

I am wondering what everyone thinks about dieting. I know, I know, I shoulld be asking my doctor. We did discuss this a year or so ago, and I was given the standard heart-healthy diet, which was OK. Limiting sodium & fat was not difficult for me, and I became a label-reader & (for a while) kept a daily tab. I lost about 15 lbs in the first few months, then hit a plareau & stuck there. I'll admit, that I got discouraged & stopped being as diligent as I should have been & as a result have gained back that 15 and probably more. At this point, clothes that used to be loose are now tight & my elastic-waisted sweatpants are back in the front of my closet! I don't feel comfortable & I feel like some more aggressive dieting is called for.

I started cutting carbs, not as drasticaly as Keto, but in a pretty big way. This weekend I made another big change by carefully tracking calories & going from my previous limit of 1200/day to 1000 or less. I don't skip meals, but I cut portions & make sure that some meals or snacks are extemely low-caorie, like a veggie plate. To make sure that I get proper nutrients, especially protein, I have a low-calorie shake every day as well.

I have started to feel not very well over the past day or so, with fatigue & nausea getting especially bad yesterday. I know that starting a diet can cause a reaction in the body as it adjusts & starts to burn fat. I know about the Keto flu, but as I said, I'm not strictly following that diet. It's also possible that I just had a bug that coincided with the changes I've made most recently. 

I wonder if drastic dieting is the best thing for a 61-year-old woman with heart issues. I have a feeling my doctor would say it is not (heck, even my better judgement is saying that)  :(   I just hate being uncomfortable with my weight, and I'm tired of those sweat pants as well! 


Ummm - too much

by cardifflass - 2021-08-23 12:16:31

You're starving yourself if you're sticking to 1000 calories or less, even 1200 is probably too low.

All that will happen is your body will assume the next meal won't arrive and hang on to everything.

I can't give specific advice as I don't know what you like to eat or if you have any specific requirements, but I can tell you what I do, and I hope others will chip in with ideas.

For background, I lost a lot of weight  (100lbs) 20 years ago with a group called Slimming World here in the UK, won an award and everything.  The target was unsustainable for my broad frame and gradually things slipped.  In 2019 when my knees started giving out I took myself in hand.  Turns out that all the fruit I was eating wasn't doing me or my blood sugars any favours.  Stopped doing the same old thing and expecting different results and gradually changed to low carb healthy fat.  

Yes, I know, I probably die.

I gave up white carbs such as bread, cake, pasta, potatoes and rice.  I eat a moderate amount of protein and cream and cheese.  A big breakfast, no lunch and early dinner.

I lost 60lbs and have kept it off for nearly a year.

Not hard core Keto and easy to do.  Just what I do, as an idea.

take care






by justjoe - 2021-08-23 16:22:00

Starving yourself is not a productive form of dieting -- you'll lose muscle mass, meaning your body needs even fewer calories, and will be in a bad cycle. 

What worked for me was:

*Low/carb high protein. I no longer eat pizza, bagles, etc. I will have a sandwich but use sandwhich thins.

*Tracking -- when I stop tracking, I cheat.

*Intermittent fasting - no food from dinner until, say lunch -- not eating for a 12-16 hours window. 

*Resistance training -- burn calories and gain muscle. And, recent studies show you don't need to lift heavy weight seven days a week. Short, intense routines have the same impact. 


My 2 cents. As someone else said, not related to pacemaker, but as I am adjusting to mine I find questions about diet and exercise have become very important. 

you need to eat to keep going

by new to pace.... - 2021-08-23 16:57:19

You are going to make your self sick.  If you keep eating this way.

Make sure you drink plenty of water and start walking.   Do not sit long.  That will help you keep your weight down. 

No processed foods, chips, watch your salt intake.   Eat your veggies plan no butter or cream sauces.  Use herbs and spices to season instead of salt.

new to pace


by AgentX86 - 2021-08-24 00:29:04

As others have said, that's no way to run a ship. The body wants to stabilize its weight, both directions.  When you diet, you lose weight for a while until your body notices, then will shift gears in an attempt to keep up.  Starving yourself will make this happen much sooner and you'll eat, pretty much whether you want to or not.  The cravings will increase until your body is happy, then you'll likely overshoot, gaining weight.  A better plan is a slow weight loss to keep the body from going into starvation mode.

BTW, that never worked for me.  What did was exercise.  It's often said that one can't lose weitght with exercise, alone.  I did it, about 80lbs worth.  It takes a *lot* of exercise and most aren't up for it.  When I started, I wasn't losing any weight, just as the common wisdom says.  To fuel the exercise, one eats.  My strategy was to use so much energy that I couldn't possibly eat that much.  It worked.

The only other thing that's worked for me is working on my house.  The few times after I was laid off, I worked on my house.  Constantly.  It wasn't that I was using that many calories, just that I didn't stop working to eat.

In the end, it's all about calories in and calories out.  The body will try to balance the two, within some margin.

Sort of pacemaker (heart) related....

by TLee - 2021-08-24 11:30:25

I guess what I was wondering is more, do people with heart issues diet & how does it affect them. Don't want to end up with more trouble than I already have! 

I have said in other posts about other topics that BALANCE is the thing to look for, and (surprise!) this is no different. To be as healthy as possible & still accomplish what we desire. So, I modified my plans a bit, using the great suggestions offered here & I'm feeling pretty positive again. Thanks!

Weight loss

by Julros - 2021-08-26 02:13:04

I follow guidelines from the CDC from a program for preventing diabetes. I have lost 50 pounds and kept it off. At the time I got my pacer, I read the nurse practioner's evaluation on me and he described me as obese. That stung. My primary care provider had been advising weight loss and gave this weird, unpalatable diet plan. I wasn't able to enroll in the formal CDC program, but I use several of their tips. I completely gave up diet soda, and drink a lot of water. I do track what I eat. I avoid concentrated carbs and most white carbs. I try to eat at least 2 pieces of fresh fruit a day, and some yogurt for gut health. I eat 3 small meals a day and 2 snacks. And I don't eat after dinner/supper. I limit alcohol to a glass of wine 2 times a week. I jog about 14 miles a week and bicycle 1-2 times a week. I average about 1200 cal a day. 

dieting and the heart

by Tracey_E - 2021-08-29 09:07:21

Ketosis is not good for the heart. If you are obese the benefits outweigh the risks but talk to your doctor if you want to go very low carb. Also, keto diets tend to be high in fat which is also a good way to get a lecture from your cardiologist.

In general, extremes are not healthy- diets with very limited foods, very low caloric intake, or very low carb intake. 

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