Reporter Kate Spicer writes an excellent chronicle of her attempts to become a red-carpet-worthy size zero.
Spicer writes that:
"Dr. Carel Le Roux, a metabolic specialist from London's Imperial College who guided this experiment, says you can only fool the body into letting go of weight if you lose it at a crippled snail's pace -- no more than half a pound a week. That requires cutting, depending on your metabolic rate, only 1,500 calories off your weekly nutritional needs. I was cutting about 8,000 calories a week, and my primal animal instinct was to binge. When the doctor discovered my disordered behavior, he said matter-of-factly that it was normal pathology in someone who has been starved, and he pulled me off the diet immediately."