Originally Posted by princess72
I try to stay at 1200-1600 calories a day. This is my problem...i want to lose 15-20lbs. I do cardio 6 days a week....probably dont get enough protein and fiber....but.....when i am around 1200 cal, i am soooo hungry! Im probably not eating the right foods. I dont know what to eat to = 1200-1400 cal a day without feeling hungry! Can someone help?
Why do you approach weight loss by calorie restriction? Your metabolism is in effect your body's furnace. Calories are the fuel that heats this furnace; the hotter your furnace burns, the more calories it uses up just to keep up with basic functions like digestion, breathing and so on. Your activity level and the food you eat affect your metabolism. The more activity and exercise you do, the faster your metabolism runs, even when you aren't being active. Activity also builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat. In other words, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism. If you don't put enough food in your body, your "furnace" doesn't have anything to keep it going. It goes into a sort of hibernation mode by slowing down and using fewer calories.