Here's the biggest clue: "but I feel hungry most of the day."
You literally should never feel hungry like that.
1 - Some days you are going to be doing more. Your body simply needs more calories that day. if your range is 1200-1500, some days you will eat 1200, some days 1350, some days 1475, some days 1292....and every different number is correct for that day.
2 - Do not obsesses over the "magic" number of 1200. It's really not a healthy approach to this.
3 - Think of your calories on a weekly intake basis, instead of a daily intake number.
4 - If you are new to this - your body needs to time to adjust to the new lower number. If you were previously eating 2000 a day, then dropped one day to 1200 - well of course you are hungry! Your stomach (the organ, not your tummy) needs time to shrink. Bring the intake number down slowly, by reducing the amount by 200 every 2 days.
5 - Eat plenty of protein, good fats, and fiber to help you feel full and stay full.
6 - Remember, the tortoise wins the race....never the hare. :)
Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/25/2014 (12:12)
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