Should I stop eating to lose weight?

When I was 14 I weighed 142 pounds and quit eating for a couple of months and got down to 110. I lost a total of 32 pounds and after I lost it I gradually started eating again and slowly put the weight back on over the years. Now I'm 155 pp and I want to be 120. I've never let myself get sick from doing this, I always stopped when I felt content. Plus I don't want to look emaciated so it's not a problem. Honestly I don't have the motivation to exercise lol (I know alot of you women can relate whether you admitt it or not) This seems to be the quickest way for me.


Asked by Anonymous at 7:43 AM on Sep. 14, 2008 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Nooo... it can be a quick fix, but it can easily lead to eating disorders, poor health, and fatigue. Also, if it is not a lifestyle change, it probably won't last (thus having to do it all again which is terrible on your body). I used to exercise way more than i do now... however, just eating in moderation, "somewhat" healthfully, and walking my baby boy and my dog is keeping me pretty fit (now if i can just get my muscle back) :)

    Answer by mama4j at 8:48 AM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • No, fasting is NOT the answer to weight loss. It's never permanent, because you'll probably end up binge eating if you do it for too long. What starts out as a "simple" solution leads to eating disorders, fatigue, dehydration, and many, many other health issues. Talk to your doctor about the best way to lose weight, and make sure to tell him that you hate exercise. But please, DON'T stop eating! It's VERY unhealthy, both physically and mentally!

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:58 AM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • Your body goes into starvation mode when you stop eating. You may lose a little weight right away but then your body starts to think that your starving and does whatever it can to hold onto that fat in order to survive.

    It's best to drink lots of water and eat small healthy meals six times a day, and of course to exercise.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 10:07 AM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • Don't quit eating, maybe you need to eat less though, that was my problem I would hardly eat much all day and then at dinner I would eat this huge meal. And eat really fast, I have learned how to space out my eating more and also eat smaller portions with the help of FORM , a drug and stimulant free capsule that helps you eat less and not feel hungry


    Answer by BettyBoots at 10:55 AM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • It may seem the easiest and the quickest but I promise you, after a couple of months or so, you will end up right where you are right now. There are no easy fixes. You don't have the energy to exercise because you are not exercising. That is the evil part of exercise. In order to get the energy you need to exercise, you have to do it. Then, the energy will come and you will enjoy how it makes you feel and begin to see the benefits. I am a BeachBody coach, if you decide you want to start exercising. Let me know.

    Answer by nldeviney at 11:24 AM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • Diet is important..dont know what to do follow a diet program

    Eat plenty of fruit before much as you desire.

    Exercise is important - so try to find something you enjoy...have a trampoline?

    Answer by keyaziz at 5:27 PM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • Drink water and have smaller portions more through out the day. Look up good carbs like pasta and bad carbs like white bread and rice. and my husbands uses a great product and lost 20 lbs and 5 inches in one month. I have tried it myself and it was created by a doctor and is very safe. its called MAX wxl and you can find it on and if you contact me i will set you up with a sponsor so you can get the discounted price.

    Answer by Tristansmom23 at 5:31 PM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • No that's not the way to go. You get sick and then when you lose it you will just put the weight back and you will most likly put more back on. You have to look at the last time you did this you loss the weight but when you think about it was not for long and I bet you put more back on to. If you do it again you will probley weigh more then you do now. Not the way to go if you want to keep it off.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 PM on Sep. 14, 2008

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  • Yes If you stop eating or eat really small meals you will lose, I lost 20 lbs doing this plus i dont eat meat or sugar or dairy or anything with animal fats in it so thats also a huge help ,I only reccomend not eating if you are healthy take vitamins exercise etc ,otherwise you could turn into a anorexic ,I was a light eater and chose my foods wisely good luck

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on Sep. 15, 2008

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  • This diet strategy will f up your metabolism and you will have a much harder time keeping the weight off. I suggest trying the South Beach Diet where you will lose quickly and then be able to keep the weight off more realistically. AND I know this is going to come off rude I really dont mean for it to, but I think you could probably use some self-confidence building and counseling for your weight. You are referring to the weight you were at when you were 14....I hope that means your 16 if not I think you may have a self-image problem and no weight loss can help that. Good luck to you!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:23 PM on Sep. 15, 2008

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