1200 calories per day would be a disaster for me. I work out 5 or 6 days a week and I can barely tolerate my hunger on 1400 to 1500 calories per day, even with attention paid to getting maximum nutrition and satiety out of the calories I do take in.
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2/20/14 2:21 P
I totally agree. I've tried "diets" in the past that are super restricting and honestly I just feel hungry and cranky. With Spark People, I don't have to stress about a low calorie diet. I just eat throughout my day making mostly smart choices with a few splurges thrown in and I feel happy and satisfied. I work out every day and I feel really good. For the first time, I don't feel deprived and I feel really happy and energized. With Spark People, I make "positive" goals and that's really helped me think differently and given me an overall more positive outlook. I don't set goals that are restrictive (i.e. don't drink pop, don't eat fast food, etc.), I set goals that are to help encourage me to make smart choices (i.e. drink more water, eat more veggies, etc.) and that's made a world of a difference in how I approach things mentally.
In the field of nutrition, 1200 calories is a "safety" guideline. It is hard to reach nutrition need on less than this amount daily.
Women have placed the 1200 amount on themselves---along with fad diets and the dieting industry; it is not the "nutrition guideline" !
Women continually say these things---I want to lose fast, as fast as I can. And Registered Dietitians have to say---please don't drop lower than 1200 calories. Never has this been the magic number for all women. Women do it to themselves.
Great article, and I also loved that she addressed "woman workouts" that are completely ineffective and a waste of time, yet we're constantly fed that we should get rinkydink weights and do cute things with them, because woman. Nothing makes me more frustrated at the gym than seeing a woman set a machine to 5-10 pounds, and then doing 500 reps on that machine for the next half hour.
Back to the calories, it's funny how 1200 has become this "magic number" that is supposed to work for everyone. I'm 5'10" and even at the high end of 1500 I felt like I was going to starve to death. 1200 is completely unrealistic for me and many other people that aren't very small and very sedentary.
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2/20/14 1:32 P
I find that I am able to stay close to 1200 calories only a couple of days a week. I workout 5-6 days a week so most days I eat closer to 1400-1500 calories. I gauge each day by my energy and by the level of hunger I am feeling. Could be why my weight loss is not as fast but I am aiming for both better fitness and weight loss for a healthy lifestyle not simply to be thin. I have a friend who has lost 60 pounds in 8 months on a severe calorie reduced diet (weight loss shakes etc.). I am not willing to go that route just to lose pounds. Eating real, whole foods, daily exercise for slow and steady weight loss is just fine for me.
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118 2/20/14 1:07 P
I stumbled across this blog today and thought that I would share. Personally, I have been struggling with the number of calories I have been "allowing" myself to eat and this struck a cord with me. Eating more than 1200 calories will not harm your weight loss efforts, in fact, it will most likely benefit it, especially in the long run,
And I do realize that some people have medical conditions were they can not eat more than 1200 to lose or maintain their weight. This blog is making generalizations for the average woman.
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