The Minnesota Starvation Experiment is a study I have referenced with clients over the years. Nutritionist Ancel Keys took 36 healthy men to study the effects of semi-starvation, (ie low 1600 calorie diet), in 1944 in order to understand the effects of starvation from war.
The results were not great for the lives of these men. They alternated between loss of personal motivation, irrational agitation and feeling apathetic. They became anti-social and many lost the desire to laugh.
They became solely obsessed with food, irritated by others and preferred to be alone. Budding relationships died off. After the 6 month experiment it took a while for the men to recover. What lingered was the confusing signals of their natural hunger versus a constant nagging feeling of wanting to eat.
These men were taking part in this experiment to be helpful, and they new when it would be over, and still so many obstacles. For many women this very similar experiment lasts decades, sadly even a lifetime. It’s confusing to come out of dieting.
The important point is this, they were able to recover and so can others. Having a community of sane conscious women goes a long way to support this.
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