Am I in Starvation Mode?
Starvation mode occurs at different levels of caloric intake depending on your body. On average, Dr. Lofton said, people tend to hit it when they're consuming less than 1,000 calories per day, but again, that could fluctuate up and down depending on the individual.
It's also believed the starvation mode only occurs after prolonged, extremely low-calorie dieting, Casper told POPSUGAR. "That being said, every body is different," she added. "I've had many clients who have complained after a long, low-calorie diet that weight stopped dropping and then inched back up on the scale."
It's unlikely that you're in serious risk of entering starvation mode unless you're truly not eating anything at all, Kirkpatrick said; as in, you don't have access to food or you're dealing with an eating disorder, such as anorexia. "The body can resist weight loss for many reasons, some which may have nothing to do with food," including age, hormones, and genetics, she told POPSUGAR. If you're struggling with a weight loss plateau, it's best to visit a doctor or dietitian to explore the causes that could be behind it.