Without getting too science-y, I’d like to explain why your extremely low calorie diet is hindering your nutritional success.
I’m going to start with a hypothetical situation: a 23 year old female started college at 130lbs and now weighs 150lbs, in order to lose weight she has decided to skip breakfast, have a small salad for lunch, and a bit of fruit and cottage cheese for dinner. She eats about 1200 calories a day with hopes to lose twenty pounds in a month before spring break.
This hypothetical situation is all to common amongst those trying to shed some extra pounds. The thought that eating a low caloric intake will make you drop weight, is not only wrong but it does just the opposite. When you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs, it goes into starvation mode and begins to store all nutrients consumed because it is unsure of when it will receive nutrients again. So instead of using ingested calories for energy, it stores the nutrients as excess fat.
It doesn’t matter what type of food or macronutrient makeup the food has, when you under eat your body will store any and everything.
Try to avoid metabolic damage by fueling your body in correlation to it’s daily output. In order to understand your bodies needs, I suggest you calculate you basic metabolic rate. Once you have an idea of your bodies needs you can add in factors like activity, exercise, and energy demand to figure out your caloric needs.
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Beyond the science behind it, extremely low calorie deficiencies put intense stress on your body which will also hinder your weight loss results. When forced to function on a low caloric intake, you body will compensate by slowing down and storing any and all energy it receives.