Hey there ETFON4 and welcome to the 50+ SparkTeam!
I eat healthy rather than diet. Right now I have between 1250 and 1600 calories per day. Over four months it has resulted in about a pound per week weight loss with me typically eating about 1400 - 1450 per day. Some days I eat more, some days less, but I always make sure I eat at least 1250 calories. Originally I thought the amount of nutrition given by SparkPeople was too high so I double checked the figures by going here www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
and checking my basal metabolic rate and then calculating my daily caloric needs based on my activity level.Armed with that information I realized that SparkPeople's calculation was dead on! I eat everything I did before SP but now I measure and weigh all the food. Portion control has made a huge impact on my life and health. I now realize I will always have to measure my food and track my water and I am okay with it.
As long as you answered the questions SP used to determine your caloric needs and activity level to the best of your ability you should have success - and even moreso if you're tracking your nutrition and water.
Here's an article from SP that addresses Starvation Mode: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_cal
Regarding Starvation Mode:
Starvation Mode. There is a common misperception that to lose weight, the lower the calories, the better. Ironically, the key may be eating more calories. You can actually hurt your body's ability to lose weight by going too low. Here's why. The body has a protective mechanism. When calories drop too low (we recommend a minimum of 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men) the body reacts as if it is starving and tries to conserve energy. It will lower your metabolism, conserve calories and fat, and you will not burn calories as quickly. This results in a slower weight loss or even no weight loss. This is what's know as "Starvation Mode."
When calorie intake falls below 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, it is also extremely difficult to follow a balanced diet and obtain all the nutrients that are needed by the body to stay strong and energetic and prevent disease. These very low calorie intakes can also lead to other health problems such as eating disorders, gout, gallstones, and heart complications. For these reasons, the SparkDiet strongly suggests not going below 1,200 calories daily for women and 1,500 calories daily for men.
| Pounds lost: 63.4