I know that if I get below a certain number of calories/day I get pretty cranky. My magic number seems to be 1,100 - if I go below that for more than two days, I start to get tired, headaches, grumpiness, etc. -- so whether I am in a "starvation mode" or not, I'm not a pleasant person to be around regardless!! But I think that if that did not happen to me, I would go below that 1,100 plateau fairly often, as I can feel very full on 1,000-1,100 calories if they are high-protein.
I think if you're listening to your body, feel energetic and healthy, then you're probably doing just fine. If you feel lethargic, dizzy, or have other health symptoms - talk to your doctor.
Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 8/29/14 = 180.2 (net: -35.0)
Current mini-goal: 180 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
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