✋ Despite popular belief 1200 calories is not the magic number for weightloss. Just because MFP & fitness mags recommend it does not make it so. More often than not it is too low of an intake to consume for an active adult. The average adult requires 2000-2500 calories a day to maintain current weight & more active people require even more. To neglect the body of adequate nutrition and fuel is counterproductive and will not benefit you in the long run.
Consuming too few calories for a period of time can lead to many health issues. Including hairloss, fatigue, muscle waste, frequent headaches, electrolyte imbalances, dizziness, general weakness. The longer you consume <1200 calories, the more issues can arise. Other conditions can develop as well. Anemia, gout, heart problems.. It can also impact your mental well being. Developing a poor self perception&body image, obsession w/ weightloss, unhealthy relationships with food and so on. Now, weightloss is possible by consuming 1200 calories & less, but does it really sound like its worth it? Just because you can lose weight by doing something doesn’t mean it’s maintainable, healthy or even necessary. Less isn’t more in this case. 🙌
A huge problem with diet programs and fad diets is that a great majority encourage lower calorie intake which makes the dieter assume that it will be faster weightloss. These might sound promising, but quick fixes are not the way to go. You can consume many more calories and still lose weight, except healthily and at a steady pace without feeling as if you’re barely eating anything at all.
TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) and BMR (basal metabolic rate) should not be confused. Your TDEE accounts for your daily activity AND your bodily functions. The more active you are, the higher your TDEE is. BMR is the amount of calories that your body burns while at rest. This does not factor in exercise or daily movement. These are very much confused in fitness communities, so familiarize yourself with these terms & understand there is a great difference between them. If your TDEE is 2200, subtract 500 for a healthy weightloss deficit. DO NOT subtract from your BMR! Stay healthy✌
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