Low Calorie Diets - Can They Work?
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When you start your journey towards becoming healthy, there are SO many options when it comes to changing up your nutrition. We’ve all seen the posts from friends who are on a diet, or some new plan. While a lot of these plans work on paper, they don’t always work in practice. One of the first things most people will try when looking to lose weight is to cut calories. The very basic thought that calories in must be less than calories out in order to lose weight. And although there is some truth to this, there are a lot of other factors at play.
Low calorie diets often require a caloric intake of 800 to 1500 calories a day. The average woman should be consuming between 1600 and 2400 calories in a day. That is a big difference.
One of the main problems with a low calorie diet is that you are often not able to eat enough of a balance to maintain proper nutrition. An egg for example is high in calories compared to other protein sources, is full of good fat, and is a complete protein when you consider the amino acids and vitamins it contains, but it has 0g of carbs. There is a lot packed into that 71 calories, but it’s not balanced, and it’s hard to be balanced and fulfill your bodies needs on a low calorie diet.
There have been many studies on low calorie diets, going back as early as World War Two, and they all come to the same conclusion. Low calorie diets are not sustainable long term and the potential for negative affects to your health is high. Low Calorie diets can work for the right person, in the right circumstances, when monitored correctly. But even for those people it is not something that should be taken on as a lifestyle. And should not be maintained for longer than a month or two.
So if low calorie diets aren’t going to help you achieve your goals, then what can you do? LOTS!
First sit down and talk with a trainer. Contact me and we can chat about what you can do to jump start your journey towards a healthy lifestyle.
Change the way you eat in other ways. Eat less processed foods, increase your veggies, exchanged bread for healthier grains.
Get enough sleep!
And be consistent. Getting to the gym, choosing healthier foods, and taking care of yourself get results if you stay consistent.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping YOU reach your weight loss goals. Cheers! Jenny