I really think that 1200 calories is much too low for anyone on low-carb. If this figure comes from Spark it is not meant for low-carb but for low-fat diets. People on low-carb diets should rarely have to go below 1500 and most eat more than that even when in weight loss mode.
Some people will do great on the 80/20 principle that Mark Sisson recommends and almost everybody will do better than they did on the typical American diet of 300 grams of carbs/day. But having said that there are also people, and I'm one of them, for whom the carbs that Mark Sisson recommends (I believe 100-150 grams/day) are still much too high. It all has to do with your genes and with how much you have abused carbs and in particular sugar in the past. I can maintain now when I'm around 50-75 grams of carbs/day and lose when I'm between 25-50 grams of carbs/day. You will have to experiment what works for you but ignore calories unless you continue to have serious problems wit emotional eating (reasons other than hunger) when you've been on low-carb for a while. People in the early (induction) stage of Atkins go on 20 grams of carbs/day and then increase gradually to find the point where they stop losing and maintain.
Also, the kinds of carbs you eat matter a lot. Anything sweet, even artificial sweeteners that are calorie-free may cause a significant insulin response in your body and keep you addicted to carbs.
Try to re-read Mark Sisson's book and add Nora Gedgaudas "Primal Body, Primal Mind" or follow the blog by Peter Attia which you can find here: eatingacademy.com/
Start by reading his bio and then continue on the 10 most popular posts listed on the right side of the page.
Hope this will give you all the info you need.
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 7/29/2012 (21:24)
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