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RKING10 Posts: 152
1/11/13 11:40 A

It depends on you.I would go see a nutritionalist. I know for me-When I'm eating healthy I can only consume about 1,000-1,100 calories.When I showed my doctor my food logs and how often I was eating and what I was eating-she was pleased with it. Everyone is different.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
1/10/13 10:47 A

Your body is designed to protect itself from starvation during times of greatly-reduced food availability. So when you eat too little, your body thinks it's starving. To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body fat.

Eating too little poses other problems as well, such as nutritional deficiencies. On top of that, if you later increase your calories after a long bout of eating too few, your body will be more likely to store these calories as fat, in preparation for another future "famine."

Your best bet is to aim for a slow weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week by combining a moderate calorie reduction with increased calorie expenditure through exercise. If all the info you entered during your program set-up is accurate, the recommended calorie range you received should be what you need to accomplish this healthy rate of weight loss.

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1/10/13 7:54 A

Personally, I eat around 1150-1200 cals because I stopped losing eating at around 1350 cals (which I ate most of my weight loss). I dropped down to around 1200 and have been losing steadily again for the last 2 months but I'm also rather petite, small frame and 5'2.

However, I manage to meet (or at least very close to) all my daily requirements for carbs, fats, protein and my vitamins or minerals, I'm not hungry and I'm still eating lots of food. I just choose foods that are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals per calories.

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 10,939
1/10/13 1:15 A

how are you tracking your food, are you guestimating sizes and calorie content.? improper estimates of calorie content could lead you to think you are eating less than you think.
the experts say that 1200 is the minimum calories before your body starts to eat itself. that being said, i would answer you, it is not safe to eat less. my weight loss has not been great enough for me to eat anywhere near that level.

JIXI77 Posts: 23
1/10/13 12:02 A

I know they say that you shouldn't go below 1200 calories, but I have a hard time reaching 1200 each day. I'm not starving. I'm eating three meals with snacks and I'm not going to any extremes. I focus on produce and clean eating. Today I hit about 900. I've been eating this way for a long time and I get by just fine :) I also exercise regularly and don't feel too tired or sluggish to workout. I guess it all comes down to the differences in our bodies. I think it depends on how you feel and whether you think you think you can maintain eating the way you are for more than 17 days.

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1/9/13 11:34 P

I'm 5'1/2", with really small bones. I rarely reach 1200 calories a day (when I did, I gained weight) but I eat really healthy now. Less than 1200 MIGHT be right for you, but you should talk to a professional (doctor or nutritionist) before deciding.

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1/9/13 10:41 P

Most of your actual weight loss is likely fluids, as opposed to fat; we don't lose that much fat that quickly.

1200 calories is generally the absolute minimum you're going to want to get to support your body's basic functions. It's not generally enough for people who are exercising, and doing much more than sitting in bed and not moving, while being close to your goal weight. Anything less than that should not be attempted without a doctor's strict supervision and guidance, and regular blood tests and such to ensure your safety.

No, you are not dieting safely if you're only getting less than 1,000 calories a day. You are undereating, and will run the risk of hurting yourself and sabotaging your efforts.

If you're having trouble meeting your goals, try these great tips from SP for boosting your calorie intake:

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/9/2013 (22:42)
KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,970)
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1/9/13 10:25 P

It really isn't safe. 1,200 calories is hardly enough for anyone, let alone anything less than that.

3RD_LAW Posts: 20
1/9/13 10:13 P

Do you feel hungry? Are you avoiding bad foods? Do you think you can sustain this way of eating for the rest of your life or do you feel like it's temporary and will only last till you reach your goal weight?
I am not an expert in losing weight, but I'm an expert in gaining weight, that's for sure! And low calorie diets have led me into obesity. Short-lived results of crash diets are just not worth all the misery of completely denying yourself your favorite foods and regaining weight with tens of extra pounds on top.

MACKENZIE0825 Posts: 2
1/9/13 9:30 P

I was just wondering if intaking lower than 1200 calories is safe? I just started the 17 day diet on Sunday and have been keeping track of my calorie intake and I have only been getting around 950-1,000 calories a day. I have lost around 4 pounds since Sunday. I just to make sure I am dieting safely.

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