(Original post by ddsizebra)
at 6ft 7 I'm asuming you are a man (since not alot of women could grow that tall). 1500 is very low for a man especially of someone your height. The reason why you're not losing weight is that your body has detected low calorie intake and therefore has slowed its metabolism to counter the effect in order to survive. You need to be very careful and stop consuming so little calorie otherwise your body wil eat itself (digesting protein, skipping fat stores as protein is easier to break down). Also if you are drinking alcohol, just remember 1 glass has from 300 to 600 calories becayse alcohol is fermented sugar. so already it makes 1/3 of your daily calorie intake. Also you maybe binging without even knowing. Exercising is essential to losing weight since the body will use the sugar and prevent them from turning into fat. The your body starts using fats (it will not use protein since muscles are in use and therefore require protein to repair tissue).
I'm guessing your advice would have been a little different if you knew she was a 5'7" female rather than what she originally wrote, but I've read extensively about so-called "starvation mode" and it's largely hyped. It will slow weight loss down, but won't stop it completely, so you might get optimum weight loss by increasing calories, but it certainly wouldn't make it stop. I found the research on this really interesting when I was losing weight myself a few years back, so I would fully recommend reading some papers on it - or maybe I'm just geeky, who knows. Honestly, a lot of what you've written about your body "eating itself" and not burning energy from proteins if you exercise .. it's not correct. It's the kind of psuedo-science you see on body-building message boards, where people wonder why they're not getting the best results.
OP: Exercise helps a lot when losing weight. It just makes everything in your body work better. I don't actually think 1,500 calories a day is that bad if you're losing weight, but you also need to make sure they're the right foods as well. It is possible to lose weight eating 1,500 cals of junk, but it's more effective to lose it eating a healthy diet adding up to 1,500 calories. Also, if you lose weight with diet alone you might not end up with the body composition you really wanted, which wouldn't be great. I would personally recommend downloading an app called MyFitnessPal as it can help you to record your calories and just be certain that you are actually eating what you think you are. You would be surprised sometimes how small a "portion" is. For example there's a smoothie I drink and one bottle equals two portions (therefore double calories etc) and it wouldn't have crossed my mind not to just drink it, as it was the kind of bottle you get in meal deals in supermarkets for example. Try looking at the food choices you're making as well. Nobody has a perfect diet, but eating healthier in general is much better for you - plus it makes you feel
better too, which improves your motivation for weight loss a lot.