Your body needs 1200 calories just to keep your organs working. If you did nothing all day but breathe, your body will burn 1200 calories. Men burn 1500. If you burn 200 cals a day exercising, to stay the same weight that you are, you need to take in 1400 cals. I found an article that makes a very confusing subject, seem not so confusing..... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_cal
The part that Pat spoke of, is in the section called "starvation mode."
If you want to lose weight, you have to eat. Thinking we will lose weight by eating less is something that many of us on here had to learn. We were taught early in our lives to eat less. We all had to retrain our brain on this issue. Do you track your meals? Do you get enough nutrients in your day? Are you getting enough fat in your diet. Yes, good fats are good for you. Keeps your hair from getting frizzy. And carbs are for energy. And protein. Eating too little, will do harm to your body, and it is true, you will not lose weight. If you can't reach your suggested caloric amount, on trick that MAINEG8TR,co-leader of this team, taught me when I started, was to eat peanut butter. It will give your cals, fat, and protein a boost, without filling you up like a steak would. I too had the same idea when I started here, that I had to starve myself. You don't need to.
Hope this helps...
Edited by: BUGSMIMI at: 8/25/2012 (18:40)
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