I got to chatting with this gentleman in the steamroom at my gym the other day after he came in and I had asked him what he was doing (he was shifting sort of rapidly side-to-side with his arms straight down to his sides). After he told me he was ‘working on this’-pointing to his love-handle area-:dubious: he tells me that he has been dieting for the past few months.
He says he’s lost nearly 60 lbs and his doctor has him on a 500-calorie a day diet. I shook my head, looking down at my protein shaker; I had more than that right in there. :eek: I can’t comprehend how a doctor can recommend such a starvation diet? Surely, in addition to the metabolic disaster such a diet would inflict on the person, wouldn’t it be prone to exacerbate some medical conditions (none specifically jump to mind but I pose the question to more qualified minds)?
I mean, he did say he’s lost weight and he did seem to be happy with what he’d been doing but if he’s telling the truth (and he very well could be eating more than he even realizes) I can’t comprehend how someone could live in a healthy way for months on end on 500 calories a day, with no supplements. And he said the doctor didn’t even put specifications or restrictions on what type of calories made up that 500, he could eat any food he wanted; just not more than 500 calories of it in a day.
I know there are some doctors here, does any of this ring as true or sensible to you? Would a doctor put someone (albeit fairly obese) on a caloric-restrictive diet to the extent of just 500 a day? And consider this is with a regular schedule of working out with weights and cardio. *
*Not sure if this belongs here or in GQ. Mods feel free to move accordingly.