Hi! As some of you know, I have been on a diet for about a month. I went from eating fast food nearly every day and consuming tons of calories to no fast food, lots of water, fruits, veggies, protein etc and consuming 1200 cals or less. The problem is, now that I've started actually listening to my body and eating properly, I realize I'm not as hungry and will sometimes not even eat more than 1000 cals in a day. I do cardio for 30 min a day and burn around 200 cals there. I also am pretty short so maybe I don't need to eat a lot for slow metabolism? For the most part I have been losing my desired amount each week but am wondering if that is totally unhealthy for my body. If that were even working, wouldn't I be losing way more than my lb a week goal? I've lost about 7-8lbs in the last month. I am one of those people that simply cannot eat if I'm not hungry but I worry that this will end up having an opposite effect on my metabolism. Any advice?
I personally think that 1200 calories is the LEAST you should be eating no matter what. But, if you can eat like that the rest of your life then good luck to you. See, you can't just stop eating only 1000 calories a day after you reach goal. It totally defeats the purpose if all your going to do is gain it back. But if this something you plan on doing long term, then give it a try. Congrats on the weight loss so far!
If you eat too few calories, your metabolism will slow down considerably...your body will go into what it thinks is a starvation mode...your body needs a certain amount of calories each day just to function - even if you just layed in bed all day and did nothing, it's still burning calories - so if you go under that amount your metabolism will slow down and you will have a real hard time losing any weight...and at 1000 calories or under, you will be losing muscle instead of fat - which isn't good....go to the exercise and fitness board...they have alot of good tips there ...good luck to you