Re: 1200 calories a day
I was able to eat in the 1200-1500 calorie range and lose weight, when combined with exercise. I am 5'4 female and a smaller build. At your heart and if you have a smaller build, I'd imagine you'd be okay in this range too. If you aren't exercising, I'd also suggest adding some in. It will definitely help you speed up your metabolism! I like to do a good mix of cardio exercise (I like to go running) and light weight lifting or something like Pilates. I aim for 5 workouts per week, about an hour total each time. Sometimes I only eat to work out for about 30 minutes if it's a busy day, but every minute adds up!
Also, be careful with the SlimFast and other products. I originally tried to lose weight and did NOT have any results with them. The SlimFast products tasted good to me, but I'd be hungry again within 2 hours. They were also kind of higher in sugar. Instead, I buy a low carb and zero sugar protein powder in case I want a similar shake. I buy Balance Bars and other brands instead of Slimfast bars, because they have more protein and vitamins. I stopped eating Lean Cuisines and added more fruits and veggies. Even though I'm not eating elss calories, I lost weight from changing these foods! I enjoy my food more too and don't get bloated as often, which would happen to me from the low calorie frozen meals. Just watch out for this in case it ever happens to you too!