Some days, if I'm busy and forget to eat, it can be a challenge getting all 1200 in, but it is really important. What I've found is that the less I eat, the less weight I lose. I stuck to right at the 1200 calorie a day mark for two months and didn't lose a pound. When I increased my calories to 1400-1500, I started losing weight.
4/22/10 11:25 A
I think everyone has answered your question so well I don't really have a lot to add except to say that all experts I have read say to not go below 1200 calories a day for women unless of course you are told differently by your doctor.
I eat 1200-1300 calories a day and I don't get the recommended amount of everything. I get plenty of carbs (over 120 most days) but not the recommended amount on this site, so I am always under on carbs.
I am full and eating very healthy foods, but I don't get 100% of everything every day. I try to eat whole grains, fruits/veggies, yogurt (Greek plain), eggs, etc. but still don't get every single thing in and couldn't imagine if I went lower in calories how much less I'd get.
Set yourself a challenge. Look at the minimum daily requirements for fiber, calcium, protein, and iron for someone your age and size. Then create a meal plan that supplies those needs and adds up to less than 1200 calories. Don't worry about whether it's something you'd actually be willing to eat; just find any combination of foods that supplies enough nutrients to keep you minimally healthy for less than 1200 calories.
You won't be able to do it. Even experts in nutrition can't do it. You have to have food to stay healthy, and food has calories. And if you want to eat food that tastes good, and/or eat enough so you're not miserably hungry most of the time, then you'll probably have to eat around 1400-1500.
Gastric bypass patients are in an entirely separate category. In order to have the surgery, they have to be so obese that their life is in danger. Your classmate's doctors are watching her carefully, and before she had the surgery, they determined that getting her weight down so she wouldn't die of a heart attack or diabetes was more urgent than taking care of her general health. She will probably be anemic and have vitamin deficiencies for the rest of her life. If you look at her closely now and in the next few months, you'll probably see that she's losing her hair, has brittle nails, and her skin doesn't look healthy. She's likely to have osteoporosis and other nutrition-related illnesses as she ages. But all of that's a trade-off for not dying young. You don't have to make that trade-off; if you're not morbidly obese, you can manage your weight and still keep your health.
I really wouldn't recommend dropping below 1200 calories. Your body will go into a starvation mode, and yes, you will lose weight but not the kind of weight that will stay off once you start eating more. Eating more smaller meals throughout the day, and also if you're skipping it, BREAKFAST will work wonders if you're working out too! You really can't compare someone who has had gastric bypass surgery, to someone like you who presumably has not. Hope this helps! Remember, every person is different.
That is not how it works. When you are losing weight on your own you need to be at a minimum of 1200 calories, so as not to send your body into starvation mode, and assure that you are getting the nutrition your body needs. When you have gastric bypass, your digestive system is made smaller with the surgery, hence eating like a baby. She may eat very small amounts but how many times a day is she eating? I would say at least every two hours or so, like a baby. She is retraining her digestive system to accept and process her food in smaller amounts. I would hope her doctors have her on a very balanced diet so she is getting all of the nutrients her body needs. That said, I would never go under 1200 calories for that reason. I do however eat 6 small meals a day, breakfast being my biggest one of the day.
I was always told not to drop below 1200 calories per day, but a girl at my school just had gastric bypass surgery and she's been eating like a baby for 2 months and lost 80-100 pounds! So eating less can make you lose more, right?
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