You’d just be slowing down your metabolism and hindering your weight loss. Those 500 calories you burned working out? More like 250! The slower your metabolism, the lower your burn.
1200 is not enough for anyone except for a 4’11, 50 year old sedentary woman. ARE YOU 4’11 AND 50 YEARS OLD??! Didn’t think so.
my mom’s dietician and MY doctor told me that it’s fine to eat 1200 calories, but nothing below that. And neither of us are 4’11 and 50, so this is wrong.
Not trying to criticize or disrespect your doctor or dietitian, but unless your “doctor” (who is NOT a nutritionist, or a dietitian, and doesn’t have any extensive training in that area) or your mother’s dietitian are constantly keeping up with the latest studies, then neither truly know what they’re talking about. Especially a “doctor” since that is not their field of expertise.
There are thousands of “nutritionists” “trainers” and “dietitians” who don’t know what they’re doing. They stick to outdated information which they learned 10+ years ago while training for their certificate. Others disregard up-to-date studies and create their own plans for their clients. Although these plans may work in the short-term, that doesn’t make them healthy.
Personally, if my nutritionist/dietitian told me to eat 1200 calories a day, I’d find someone else because I’m not ignorant.
You obviously would need to understand what BMR is and how your body works. Your BMR is the amount of calories your body burns in order to fuel your crucial organs and bodily functions if you were a vegetable. That is the MINIMUM number of calories your body needs to sustain itself… to LIVE. If you eat less than that, your body will think you’re starving it, or that there’s a famine, or whatever, and it WILL SLOW DOWN YOUR METABOLISM. That is FACT. It’s a mechanism programed into our bodies for survival. Ask any expert and they will tell you that.
You CAN eat below your BMR. Obviously you’re not going to die even if you maintain that low caloric diet for a few months/years. However, your metabolism WILL slow down. Your weight loss WILL slow down. You will not be burning at optimal capacity, to the point where your body will eventually stop burning fat, and will hold on to it as much of it as it can, and then it will start metabolizing muscle while it’s in “starvation mode”. The moment you stop eating a low-calorie diet and start eating “normally”, you will gain weight back because instead of increasing your metabolism, you’ve destroyed it.
Yes, you CAN eat below your BMR. But you’re just fucking yourself over if you do. You’re free to argue all you want about it. But do yourself a favour: do some research first. Because that’s the truth.
We’re all going to have those days where we feel like we messed up. We’ll skip exercising, we might over-indulge in the wrong foods, we might not drink enough water, we may not have gotten enough calories for the day, we may have pulled an all nighter.
Life happens. As for weight loss? That happens one step at a time. So even if you slipped up a little bit, IT’S OKAY! Don’t get bummed out; instead, channel your disappointment into physical activity.
You can still take a step forward by doing something NOW. Drink an extra glass of water. Do 100 jumping jacks to get your heart rate up. Go for a walk. Youtube some core, arm, and leg strengthening videos. Don’t just sit there. Do something.
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