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    Too low calories for weight loss?

    So my gf has been trying to lose weight and not doing so well (her words, not mine, I tell her she is beautiful and support her). I ask her what she is doing and she says she has a dietary shake and 1 meal a day. I am not too clued up on nutrion, but that sounds like too low daily calories and something is telling me (could be wrong) that too low calories makes the body think it's starving and will retain as much weight as it can and go into a form of "low power mode" making you feel drained and lose weight slower (or not at all). I'm doing research to try help, thinking of suggesting she drops the shake and I write up something like 14 recipes of overnight oats she can alternate between, and healthy balanced suppers for her (such as oven roasted chicken thights with skin on, since the body needs some fats to function, salad and microwaved sweet potato). A lot of overnight oat recipes I can find seem to be under 300 calories (with the trimmings in them), does that mean the suppers need to be at elast 700 calories but still under 1500 total per day? She doesn't want to eat more than 2 meals a day. I asked her to move in and I do all the cooking and meal prep for her, but she says we're "not ready" for that step

    #2
    It doesn't sound like she specifically asked you to plan all of her meals for her or even for advice on how to lose weight? Then definitely don't do either.

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      #3
      One - you have no idea what kind of shake and meal she has. Depending on that, it could be well worth over 2,000kcal. When people don't count calories faithfully, they'll almost always underestimate A LOT.
      Two - what Pseudonymravid said. If your gf didn't ask you for help, offer it, but don't just rush off and start planning her meals. If she doesn't want your help, well...
      Three - Depending on her weight, height and overall activity she could lose already at 1,500kcals, or not , or too much. There's no hard and fast number to weight loss.

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        #4
        spoonroot that is sweet you want to help your gf with her weight loss program, but instead of trying to take over, ask her if there is anything you can do to support her, and let her decide.

        If she needs to lose weight because of a health issue, she should consult with a doctor and a dietician.

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          #5
          I have hears this idea of having too few calories for weight loss, but it is not really how the body works. Similar to people who say that if you are cold that you should eat ice cream to jump start your body's reaction, it is not necessary to try to bio hack your body.

          The human body has evolved to what it is because it can survive harsh conditions without being tricked, so generally speaking, getting a calorie count lower than your daily expenditures will result in weight loss. The body will adapt and change its metabolism in time (same with being cold) , but even then having an extremely low caloric intake is not something that the body can mitigate against.

          Too low of a caloric intake can be dangerous for a myriad of reasons, and really should be avoided. It is good to be conscious of that, but the rest of the advice from the others above is good too. I found personally as I lost weight that the kind of foods that I liked changed, and you might to for instance make her one meal a week of foods that you are not used to. That is a good idea for a relationship anyway.

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            #6
            The only thing I could really add is that when the calories go low (especially over a long period of time) people tend to think that they are in "starvation mode" or their metabolism is bad but it is more the body is great and staying alive and the person has generally just become extremely sedentary. A smaller deficit tends to yield good result because it is easier to keep pushing your body and staying active (there should be breaks even from mild deficits just like big ones). Either way the big thing someone generally needs to fight is the slow down in physical activity that can completely erase a deficit.

            Also like stated above make sure the macros are solid. Protein and fat targets are key (carbs are great but are easy to trim) as they help with muscle retention and hormone production.

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              #7
              I completely agree with what Hekewika said "that is sweet you want to help your gf with her weight loss program, but instead of trying to take over, ask her if there is anything you can do to support her, and let her decide.
              If she needs to lose weight because of a health issue, she should consult with a doctor and a dietician."

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