Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Common sense says that if you want to lose weight, you should lower your calorie intake. But how low can you go? It's important to find a happy medium that will be good for your body. Many people believe that dropping down to 800 calories or less will help shed those extra pounds. However, this type of calorie cutting is neither healthy nor sustainable. People who need to follow a low calorie diet for medical reasons should do so only under the supervision of a doctor. Side effects of calorie-restricted diets include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.
Always remember that this is a permanent change in your eating habits. Be certain that you eat enough calories regularly in order to live with your plan for the rest of your life. If you drop below 1,200 calories, you will find that your body thinks you are starving it...therefore, it will hold on to every single bit of the meager amount of calories you are feeding it. You will not be able to lose weight at all. Plus, you will feel much less energetic.
So, always strive to eat AT LEAST 1,200 calories - more if you are active. Believe me, you will find yourself wanting to be active as you lose that weight - you'll be able to eat a little bit more without ever gaining any weight back.