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What Happened When I Followed a 1000 Calorie Diet…

In life there are all kinds of accepted ‘truths’ which are factually incorrect. Fitness and nutrition is full of them… ‘don’t eat carbs after 6’, ‘don’t arch your back when deadlifting’, ‘stretch before exercise’ etc etc. Most of these ‘rules’ turn out not to be true when put to the test, but they still persist in many quarters.

There’s another one recently that I wanted to test in nutrition, which was ‘don’t under-eat or you’ll lose your muscle’. I wanted to eat a 1000 calorie diet to see what the effects would be.

This one is particularly interesting to me, for a number of reasons…

  1. It contradicts a lot of the research around fasting.
  2. All diets are a form of under-eating, so is it really that bad?
  3. Who has proved the rule?

The thing is, single gram of fat contains 9 calories. If a person was carrying 20kg of fat tissue (which lots of people are), then they have 180,000 calories of potential stored energy in the form of fat tissue.

If a man burned 3000 calories per day, theoretically he could live for 60 days on his stored fat reserves alone!

There was a case in the 1960’s where a man fasted for 382 days. That’s correct – he lived for over a year without food, under medical supervision. You can read the study here.

Using this as a starting point, we know that fasting is absolutely fine. Many people use intermittent fasting anyway, going anywhere between 8 hours and 1.5 days at a time without eating. That’s their daily routine, not a special weight loss approach.

Using those examples as a base for comparison, 1000 calories per day is positively gluttonous.

Low Calories In Sport

It’s been well-known in weight-class sports for a long time that an athlete who has to reach a weight category can survive and perform on low calories. One of the common approaches is to increase micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) intake dramatically to offset any likely issues stemming from low general calorie intake.

It works, but it’s certainly not a long-term strategy for an athlete, maintaining extreme low calories with a very high training load.

Now, with this in mind I got in touch with a friend of mine, Jordan. He is a sports performance nutritionist for a HUGE (I won’t say which one) nutrition company. He’s my go-to source of nutrition info when I have a question. Before I made my mind up if I was going to experiment with low calories, I thought I’d run it by him.

Anyway, this is what happened in our recent convo…

So, there we go. A clinical nutritionist who works with professional athletes says it’s OK.

Good start.

Next up, I’d have to decide the approach I’d take. Of course the obvious thing is you just eat less, but that’s a little too simplistic. If I’m going to eat little but still perform well, I can’t rely on just filling my pie-hole with garbage. I had to be a little more tactical.

I usually eat around 3000 calories per day, so my thinking was to make the experiment a 1000 calorie diet for 5 days. Long enough to see an effect, short enough that the end of the diet was in sight. In reality 5 days doesn’t take a huge amount of discipline, so I opted for that.

I decided to start with accepted good practice, which dictates that if you are going to eat very low calories, it’s a good idea to over-compensate with high micronutrient intake. I always take a multivitamin anyway, but in this case I decided to go for an extra powerful multivitamin.

Next up was the omega issue. I’m allergic to fish, so I can’t eat it. I do see the value in an omega supplement though, so I look this one….

Finally, I wanted to take a greens drink that doubled as two things… a breakfast drink and an extra dose of multivitamins and minerals. I like both Athletic Greens and Lean Greens, but opted for Lean Greens on account of price alone.

So that’s my vitamins and minerals sorted. You may argue it’s overkill and in reality, it probably was. Still, I saw it as insurance, following good practice and a case of better being safe than sorry. It worked too, as we’ll go into later in the article.

The 1000 Calorie Diet Strategy

I think it’s important to have a plan when you go into anything like this – it’s such a dramatic change in practice that it can be really, really difficult if you don’t have a strategy before you head into it.

I had to balance two main issues…

  1. Give myself enough energy to train and recover well.
  2. Eat only enough to hit close to 1000 calories, but try to avoid hunger.

I wasn’t counting my macros, but I was counting my calories. I did that using My Fitness Pal and by checking the labels on food.

Given it was only ever going to be a short-term experiment (5 days), I was happy to occasionally go with decent quality ready meal options such as soups etc, mostly because it took the work out of counting the calories for me. I’m a sucker for the convenience, so that won out in the end!

On a normal week I’ll train around 5 times and according to my heart rate monitor, I’ll burn anywhere between 500 and 1000 calories per workout, depending on the session. I was willing to accept that and still only eat 1000 calories, given part of the nature of this experiment was the extremity of it all.

I needed fuel to train and recover, so decided to base my meal strategy around my exercise – essentially splitting my food intake across two meals, a small one before training and the larger one afterwards. Physiologically and socially, this approached really worked for me during the experiment. Here’s why….

  1. I don’t really eat breakfast. I’ve never been a big breakfast fan, unless I’m on holiday and can relax into it. Usually I’m up early, we’ve got kids to feed/wash/dress/transport and I start work early. Breakfast is an afterthought in at least 80% of cases, which meant eating only two meals was easy. I was having a greens drink in the morning, so ‘breakfast’ was covered.
  2. I can’t train very well on a full stomach. I like to eat some food before training, but not a huge amount. Basically I want enough to get me through a workout and not much else. My training doesn’t really require it either.
  3. Immediately post-training, I’m usually not very hungry. I can leave eating a big meal for good while after exercise. I’ll usually have a small snack, but not sit down to a big meal for a good few hours afterwards.
  4. I like to eat something substantial in the evening, so saving more of my calories for the end of the day works for me. It’s also when Rach and I eat our biggest meal, so it made life socially easier.

My general meal guideline was that it needed to contain protein, but also had to be generally healthy because that gave me more volume of food per calorie, something that I later learnt to be key in the success of all of this.

What happened when I ate a 1000 calorie diet….

Day 1 on a 1000 Calorie Diet

The first day was easy – I was already fuelled from the day before, plus I hadn’t ‘endured’ a few days of low calories, so in reality it felt like a single day of eating only 1000 calories, which is exactly what it was.

Day 2 on a 1000 Calorie Diet

At this point I had to think a little more. I was hungrier, but it wasn’t too bad. I learnt that if you keep plenty of water handy, you can get away with a little more distance between meals.

Day 3 on a 1000 Calorie Diet

I wasn’t especially hungry, but I was giving my food choice a LOT more thought. It made my eating far more conscious. When I was picking my early meal it was based purely on volume – which choice would give me the largest volume of food for the lowest number of calories.

Day 4 on a 1000 Calorie Diet

This was when it started to get tougher. I play football on a Thursday, so knew I was going to need some energy. It was by now that I was missing the snacks I’d usually eat throughout the day and it took some serious willpower (despite me thinking it’s a myth) to not eat the snacks.

Day 5 on a 1000 Calorie Diet

The last day was easier again, probably because I’d found a way to make it (kind of) work for me. Also the fact that the end of the experiment was in sight made it psychologically easier too. My weight loss was quite apparent by this point.

The Results of the 1000 Calorie Diet Experiment

There are three ways to look at the results of a 1000 calorie diet…

  1. Weight loss effects
  2. Performance effects
  3. Behavioural effects

Each of them are valid in their own right and are relevant depending on the lens through which you assess the virtues of a nutritional plan.

I didn’t have a bias beforehand – I was simply doing it as an experiment to test accepted wisdom. Thanks to this, I feel like I can offered a balanced opinion on the three effects I experienced.

Weight loss on a 1000 calorie diet

I started the week weighing 94.5kg and I ended it weighing 90.7kg, so I dropped 3.8kg, or just over 8lbs in old money.

It’s important to point out that this wouldn’t all have been fat, it would mostly be water weight. My motivation wasn’t weight loss, as I’ve said before. It’s an interesting outcome, but anyone using the approach to simply lose weight would probably be better off with a slower, more long-term approach which would see more fat lost.

Once I reverted to my normal eating, I regained some weight, but only around 1kg. With that in mind it’s probably appropriate to recommend this as a kick-start to weight loss, rather than a long term approach.

I’ve had a few people ask me how accurate my weight loss was, and I can tell them honestly it’s pretty bang on – I used these scales from Archon and have tested them with kettlebells and dumbbells that I know to be accurately weighed and they read the same figure…

Performance effects on a 1000 Calorie Diet

I expected there to be a dramatic effect on performance with the 1000 calorie diet and there was – to a degree.

Most of my training is quite explosive, with the vast majority of my training consisting of weight lifting and it’s variations. I do cardio in the form of football (which is very high intensity), but most of the training I do is quite glycolytic (anaerobic or ‘without oxygen’). Basically this means the effort is short, but very high intensity.

For this kind of training, I don’t need huge sugar/fuel reserves, so I noticed that as long as I had some fuel on board, I was fine.

It was much tougher playing football on the 1000 calorie diet as the fuel reserves required are much higher, so that was a real slog! I coped, but I knew that it really wouldn’t be a good idea for someone who trains using long duration cardio such as running or cycling.

Behavioural effects of a 1000 Calorie Diet

This is perhaps the most interesting area to me lately. Following on from my recent no sugar experiment, I’ve become more interested in the behavioural choices we make around food, because essentially it’s just a series of decisions we make each time we come to eat.

When following the 1000 calorie diet, I was forced into making different choices. Anyone who is familiar with macronutrients will be aware that when dieting, it is still important to maintain a high protein intake, especially if you are active. With this in mind, I had to ensure my food options were (relatively) high in protein yet low in calories. This isn’t easy.

Next up was a volume issue – I had to ensure that I was eating enough to feel as though I actually had something in my stomach. There are tricks to this, such as making sure you drink plenty of water so you stay full etc, but it’s still something you have to consider.

Flavour is key too. If you are already eating low calorie, you have to have a least some enjoyment from your food, so I found myself opting for things that at least tasted good! It opened me to a few new options I’d never have really considered before, such as vegetarian curry snack packs – they averaged around 200 calories but contained a lot more food than the meat versions, ticking the volume box!

Uses for a 1000 calorie diet

My initial thoughts are that it’s idea for anyone looking to kick start weight loss. Most people wouldn’t cope on it for the long term, but as a short term fix it certainly has its uses. I dropped over 8lbs in 5 days using it.

I also think it’s a great behaviour change tool. If you respond well to strict rules around your diet, sticking to 1000 calories is a simple but easy enough one to follow. You don’t have to count macros or follow meal timing rules, you just eat 1000 calories and try to keep your protein high. A high protein intake is important, whether you go for whole food sources, bars, shakes or even BCAA drinks.

Who shouldn’t follow a 1000 calorie diet

If you are a competing athlete with a high training volume, then the 1000 calorie diet isn’t for you. It’s basically impossible to maintain a high training volume on such a low intake of energy.

Cardio bunnies would also struggle. By nature of their exercise, anyone who is running, cycling or swimming multiple times per week would really struggle with the 1000 calorie diet.

Manipulating the 1000 calorie diet for the long term

I have given this some thought and think manipulating a 1000 calorie diet for long term use is both possible and practical for anyone looking to lose weight or body fat.

The diet would look like a modified 5:2, with the daily base line calories being 1000, from high protein sources. On training days, calories would be spiked relative to the activity and the rate of weight loss, but would revert to the 1000 calories on non-training days.

The diet would have to be individually tailored, but I think that approach would work. I can’t think of a reason it wouldn’t, but I’ll spend more time on my thinking/experimenting around the topic before I use it as a tool or suggestion for personal training clients.

Training and a 1000 calorie diet

When you’re trying to sustain yourself on a 1000 calorie diet, you can still train but the type of training that you do needs to fall in line. If you’re expecting to run marathons or cycle for 50 miles on such small amounts of food, you’re going to find it impossible.

If you go for lower intensity weight training, like light weight leg pressing, chest pressing etc, you’ll cope easily even on the low calories.

What you need to do instead is focus on short, sharp bursts of effort. Weight lifting, weight training and some HIIT protocols will work. The kind of workouts I was doing on my 1000 calorie diet are the ones in my HIIT eBook.

I did some of these workouts on 4 of the 5 days I was eating the 1000 calorie diet and found them to be tough, but I could cope. It’s because the nature of the workouts are that they are short, but intense – perfect for when you’re only eating 1000 calories per day!

The 1000 calorie diet, final thoughts

The first conclusion to draw regarding the 1000 calorie diet is that yes, it’s totally possible to live on 1000 calories. There are performance issues, but if you have weight/body fat to lose, it’s very much an approach that can work for you.

I safeguarded by dramatically increasing my micronutrient (vitamin and minerals) intake, so I felt great doing it.

A lot of our behaviour around food is purely habitual, so forcing a dramatic change in your behaviour around food makes you really think about the choices you make.

As a long term dietary approach, it’d need some manipulation in order for it to be a suitable long term option, but I honestly think with a level of self-control and discipline, it’s something that could work for most people. As long you ramped-up calories around activity, it’s a diet that would prove very effective for many.

UPDATE! In Feb 2020 I did a 3 Day Fast – it’s part of the ongoing experimentation in my nutrition. It was a really interesting experiment and I learned so much and experienced things I’d heard about first-hand. I blogged about it here. Take a look, because I’ve no doubt you’ll learn a few things.

15 common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight | The Independent

Losing weight can seem very tough. Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results.

You may actually be hindering your progress by following misguided or outdated advice.

Here are 15 common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.

1. Only focusing on the scale weight



It’s very common to feel like you’re not losing weight fast enough, despite faithfully sticking to your diet. However, the number on the scale is only one measure of weight change. Weight is influenced by several things, including fluid fluctuations and how much food remains in your system.

In fact, weight can fluctuate by up to 4 lbs (1.8 kg) over the course of a day, depending on how much food and liquid you’ve consumed.

Also, increased estrogen levels and other hormonal changes in women can lead to greater water retention, which is reflected in scale weight (1).

If the number on the scale isn’t moving, you may very well be losing fat mass but holding on to water. Fortunately, you can do several things to lose water weight.

If you’ve been working out, you may be gaining muscle and losing fat. When this happens, your clothes may start to feel looser — especially around the waist — despite a stable scale weight.

Measuring your waist with a tape measure and taking monthly pictures of yourself can reveal you’re actually losing fat, even if the scale number doesn’t change much.

Bottom Line: Many factors can affect scale weight, including fluid fluctuations, muscle mass gain and the weight of undigested food. You may be losing body fat even if the scale reading doesn’t change much.

2. Eating too many or too few calories



A calorie deficit is required for weight loss. This means you need to burn more calories than you consume.

For many years, it was believed that a decrease of 3,500 calories per week would result in 1 lb (.45 kg) of fat loss. However, recent research shows the calorie deficit needed varies from person to person (2).

You may feel as though you’re not eating very many calories. But in fact, most of us have a tendency to underestimate and under report what we eat (3, 4).

In a two-week study, 10 obese people reported consuming 1,000 calories per day. Lab testing showed they were actually taking in about 2,000 calories per day (4).

You may be consuming too many foods that are healthy but also high in calories, such as nuts and cheese. Watching portion sizes is key.

On the other hand, decreasing your calorie intake too much can be counterproductive.

Studies on very low-calorie diets providing less than 1,000 calories per day show they can lead to muscle loss and significantly slow down metabolism (5, 6, 7).

Bottom Line: Consuming too many calories can stop you from losing weight. On the other hand, too few calories can make you ravenously hungry and reduce your metabolism and muscle mass.

3. Not exercising or exercising too much

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During weight loss, you inevitably lose some muscle mass as well as fat, although the amount depends on several factors (8). If you don’t exercise at all while restricting calories, you’re likely to lose more muscle mass and experience a decrease in metabolic rate.

By contrast, exercising helps minimize the amount of lean mass you lose, boost fat loss and prevent your metabolism from slowing down. The more lean mass you have, the easier it is to lose weight and maintain the weight loss (9, 10, 11).

Over-exercising can also cause problems.

Studies show excessive exercise is unsustainable in the long term for most people and may lead to stress. In addition, it may impair the production of adrenal hormones that regulate stress response (12, 13, 14).

Trying to force your body to burn more calories by exercising too much is neither effective nor healthy.

Lifting weights and doing cardio several times per week is a sustainable strategy for maintaining metabolic rate during weight loss.

Bottom Line: A lack of exercise can lead to loss of muscle mass and lower metabolism. On the other hand, too much exercise is neither healthy nor effective, and it may lead to severe stress.

4. Not lifting weights

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Performing resistance training is incredibly important during weight loss.

Studies show lifting weights is one of the most effective exercise strategies for gaining muscle and increasing metabolic rate. It also improves overall body composition and boosts belly fat loss (15, 16, 17, 18).

In fact, a review of 15 studies with more than 700 people found the best strategy of all for weight loss appears to be combined aerobic exercise and weightlifting (18).

Bottom Line: Weightlifting or resistance training can help boost metabolic rate, increase muscle mass and promote fat loss, including belly fat.

5. Choosing low-fat or “diet” foods

Processed low-fat or “diet” foods are often considered good choices for losing weight, but they may actually have the opposite effect.

Many of these products are loaded with sugar to improve their taste.

For instance, one cup (245 grams) of low-fat, fruit-flavored yogurt can contain a whopping 47 grams of sugar (nearly 12 teaspoons) (19).

Rather than keep you full, low-fat products are likely to make you hungrier, so you end up eating even more.

Instead of low-fat or “diet” foods, choose a combination of nutritious, minimally processed foods.

Bottom Line: Fat-free or “diet” foods are typically high in sugar and may lead to hunger and higher calorie intake.

6. Overestimating how many calories you burn during exercise

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Many people believe that exercise “supercharges” their metabolism.

Although exercise increases metabolic rate somewhat, it may actually be less than you think.

Studies show both normal and overweight people tend to overestimate the number of calories they burn during exercise, often by a significant amount (4, 20, 21).

In one study, people burned 200 and 300 calories during exercise sessions. Yet when asked, they estimated they had burned over 800 calories. As a result, they ended up eating more (21).

That being said, exercise is still crucial for overall health and can help you lose weight. It’s just not as effective at burning calories as some people think.

Bottom Line: Studies show people tend to overestimate the number of calories they burn during exercise.

7. Not eating enough protein

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Getting enough protein is extremely important if you’re trying to lose weight. Protein has been shown to help with weight loss in several ways.

It can reduce appetite, increase feelings of fullness, decrease calorie intake, increase metabolic rate and protect muscle mass during weight loss (22, 23, 24, 25, 26).

In a 12-day study, people ate a diet containing 30% of calories from protein. They ended up consuming an average of 575 fewer calories per day than when they ate 15% of calories from protein (27).

A review also found that higher-protein diets, containing 0.6–0.8 grams of protein per lb (1.2–1.6 g/kg), may benefit appetite control and body composition (28).

To optimize weight loss, make sure each of your meals contains a high-protein food.

Bottom Line: High protein intake helps with weight loss by reducing appetite, increasing feelings of fullness and boosting metabolic rate.

8. Not eating enough fiber

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A low-fiber diet may be compromising your weight loss efforts.

Studies show a type of soluble fiber known as viscous fiber helps reduce appetite by forming a gel that holds water.

This gel moves slowly through your digestive tract, making you feel full.

Research suggests all types of fiber benefit weight loss. However, a review of several studies found viscous fiber reduced appetite and calorie intake much more than other types (29, 30).

When total fiber intake is high, some of the calories from foods in mixed meals aren’t absorbed. Researchers estimate that doubling daily fiber intake could result in up to 130 fewer calories being absorbed (31).

Bottom Line: Eating enough fiber can help reduce appetite by filling you up so you eat less. It may also help you absorb fewer calories from other foods.

9. Eating too much fat on a low-carb diet

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Ketogenic and low-carb diets can be very effective for weight loss. Studies show they tend to reduce appetite, which often leads to a spontaneous reduction in calorie intake (32, 33, 34, 35).

Many low-carb and ketogenic diets allow unlimited amounts of fat, assuming that the resulting appetite suppression will keep calories low enough for weight loss.

However, some people may not experience a strong enough signal to stop eating. As a result, they may be consume too many calories to achieve a calorie deficit.

If you’re adding large amounts of fat to your food or beverages and are not losing weight, you may want to cut back on the fat.

Bottom Line: Although low-carb and ketogenic diets help reduce hunger and calorie intake, adding too much fat may slow down or prevent weight loss.

10. Eating too often, even if you’re not hungry

For many years, the conventional advice has been to eat every few hours in order to prevent hunger and a drop in metabolism. Unfortunately, this can lead to too many calories being consumed over the course of the day. You may also never truly feel full.

In one study, blood sugar levels and hunger decreased while metabolic rate and feelings of fullness increased in men who consumed 3 meals versus 14 meals within a 36-hour time frame (36).

The recommendation to eat breakfast every morning, regardless of appetite, also appears to be misguided (37, 38). One study found when people skipped breakfast, they took in more calories at lunch than when they’d eaten a morning meal. However, they consumed an average of 408 fewer calories for the day overall (38).

Eating when you’re hungry and only when you’re hungry seems to be key to successful weight loss.

However, letting yourself get too hungry is also a bad idea. It is better to eat a snack than become ravenously hungry, which can cause you to make poor food decisions.

Bottom Line: Eating too often can hurt your weight loss efforts. For the best results, it’s important to eat only when you’re hungry.

11. Having unrealistic expectations

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Having weight loss and other health-related goals can help keep you motivated. But having unrealistic expectations can actually work against you.

Researchers analyzed data from several weight loss center programs. They reported overweight and obese women who expected to lose the most weight were the most likely to drop out of a program after 6 to 12 months (39).

Adjust your expectations to a more realistic and modest goal, such as a 10% drop in weight in one year. This can help prevent you from getting discouraged and improve your chances for success.

Bottom Line: Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and giving up altogether. Make your goals more modest to increase your chances of successful weight loss.

12. Not tracking what you eat in any way

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Eating nutritious foods is a good weight loss strategy. However, you may still be eating more calories than you need to lose weight.

What’s more, you may not be getting the right amount of protein, fiber, carbs and fat to support your weight loss efforts.

Studies show that tracking what you eat can help you get an accurate picture of your calorie and nutrient consumption, as well as provide accountability (40, 41).

In addition to food, most online tracking sites and apps allow you to enter your daily exercise as well. Here is a review of several popular calorie tracking tools.

Bottom Line: If you’re not tracking what you eat, you may be consuming more calories than you realize. You may also be getting less protein and fiber than you think.

13. Still drinking sugar



Many people cut soft drinks and other sweetened beverages out of their diet to lose weight, which is a good thing. However, drinking fruit juice instead isn’t smart.

Even 100% fruit juice is loaded with sugar and may lead to health and weight problems similar to those caused by sugar-sweetened beverages (42).

For instance, 12 ounces (320 grams) of unsweetened apple juice contain 36 grams of sugar. That’s even more than in 12 ounces of cola (43, 44).

What’s more, liquid calories don’t seem to affect the appetite centers in your brain the same way calories from solid foods do.

Studies show that you end up consuming more calories overall, instead of compensating for the liquid calories by eating less later in the day (45, 46).

Bottom Line: If you cut out sugar-sweetened beverages but continue drinking fruit juice, you’re still getting a lot of sugar and are likely to take in more calories overall.

14. Not reading labels

Failing to accurately read label information can cause you to consume unwanted calories and unhealthy ingredients.

Unfortunately, many foods are labeled with healthy-sounding food claims on the front of the package. These may give you a false sense of security about choosing a certain item (47, 48).

To get to the most important information for weight control, you need to look at the ingredients list and nutrition facts label, which are on the back of the container.

You can find out more about how to read food labels in this article.

Bottom Line: Food labels provide information on ingredients, calories and nutrients. Make sure you understand how to accurately read labels.

15. Not eating whole, single-ingredient foods

One of the worst things you can do for weight loss is to eat a lot of highly processed foods.

Animal and human studies suggest that processed foods may be a major factor in the current epidemic of obesity and other health problems (49, 50).

Some researchers believe this could be due to their negative effects on gut health and inflammation (51). Whole foods tend to be self-limiting, meaning they are hard to overconsume. By contrast, it’s very easy to overeat processed foods.

When possible, choose whole, single-ingredient foods that are minimally processed.

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The 1000 Calorie Diet: The Secret To Rapid Weight Loss Or Complete BS?

Hey you!

Yes you, reading this article.

I know what you’re thinking…

1000 calories per day.

“Man if I just went on a 1000 calorie diet, I would lose weight so fucking fast.”

“I could lose like 50 pounds in 6 weeks if I just ate 1000 calories per day.”

Oh but my friend, I hate to burst your bubble.

A lot of people like the idea of 1000 calories a day.

It’s a nice round number and it’s associated with rapid fat loss.

Problem is, it doesn’t always work in the way most people intend it to.

The#1 problem with a 1000 calorie diet

Does eating 1000 calories per day work?

Yes, if you’ve spent your whole life eating 3000+ calories per day, then dropping to 1000 calories per day is going to result in weight loss.

Nothing mind blowing there.

And let’s put aside issues like muscle loss and not getting enough nutrients.

The #1 problem with doing a 1000 calorie per day diet, above all else, is adherence.

In other words, people can’t stick with this shit long term.

90% of people who do 1000 calorie diets are in the “I want to lose weight as fast as possible” mindset.

This means they don’t give a fuck about anything else but bringing the scale down.

But deep down these people know that they’re just looking for a magic bullet solution to fix their shitty habits.

Eating 1000 calories a day will likely help you lose weight, but it’s damn near impossible to maintain.

Focus on fixing your habits. Focus on finding a sustainable way to create a calorie deficit.

But no wants to hear that.

That advice is just way too logical 🙂

Who should eat 1000 calories a day?

While I’m not a huge fan of telling people to eat 1000 calories a day, there are a few groups of people who would benefit from doing it.

Group 1: Short people weight loss

Group 2: People with 30+ pounds to lose

Group 3: People who want to eat a lot on the weekend and still lose weight

And this isn’t just mindlessly following a 1000 calorie diet. It’s eating 1000 calories per day in context of your goals and lifestyle.

Group 1: Shorter people who don’t weigh a lot

Who should use this: People on the shorter side and weigh 120 pounds and below.

I ain’t hating on short people.

But truth is, shorter people just can’t eat as much, especially if they aren’t active.

Reality is, if you’re 5’1” and weigh 110 pounds, then yes, you’ll likely need to eat as little as 1000 calories if you want to lose weight.

That’s just the truth.

But if you’re on the shorter side, you need to first ask yourself: Do I even need to lose weight?

Using the same example, if you are 5’1” and weigh 105 pounds, is losing weight really the right move?

Everyone I encounter who wants to lose weight at this height and weight range just wants to “look better” (vague as fuck, I know).

But looking better doesn’t always equal losing weight.

In a lot of these cases, these people would do better focusing on getting stronger and building muscle.

Building more muscle will also let you eat more food.

The big issue here is that these people have spent all of their lives obsessed with the scale.

So when I tell them to pay less attention to the scale, start lifting heavy weights, and eat more, they tell me to fuck off.

(Okay, they don’t tell me to fuck off, but they don’t listen to me).

If your goal is to “look better,” then explore the possibility that maybe losing weight isn’t the answer and maybe you just need to build muscle and strength. 2

Group 2: 

People with 30+ pounds to lose

Who should use this: People with 30+ pounds to lose

With Group 2, we have people with a lot for weight to lose (30+ pounds).

The more you weigh, the longer you can stay on a 1000 calorie per day diet without any crazy negative effects.

Your body can survive longer because you have more body fat to fuel it.

So someone with 30+ pounds to lose can likely stay on a 1000 calorie diet for a few weeks without negative effects.

But I’m not going to recommend that since a few weeks is just too unrealistic.

Here’s my protocol for people with a lot of weight to lose and want to try a 1000 calorie diet:

If you have 30+ pounds to lose, you can eat 1000 calories per day for a week.

After the week, transition to a more sustainable diet – one where your daily calorie intake is about 10-12x your bodyweight in pounds.

Very simple.

Don’t fuck this up.

Knowing people, they will fuck it up.

But man, just follow the tip I just gave.

It’s 2 steps:

Step 1: Eat 1000 calories for a week.
Step 2: After the one week, set your daily calorie intake to daily calorie intake to 10-12x your bodyweight in pounds.

I swear to fucking shit, if someone leaves a comment asking me if they can do this for more than a week, I will punch a goldfish.

Think of the 1000 calorie week as a “jumpstart” to your weight loss.

You could probably do it longer, but most people just can’t maintain such a large deficit.

This is not a crash diet.

This is not a quick fix or hack.

It’s a jumpstart.

Some people lose up to 15 pounds in a single week.

But remember that the majority will be water weight which is is good to lose as well.

Once you transition to a more sustainable and realistic diet like I said in Step 2, your weight loss will taper off eventually into the realm of 1-2 pounds per week.

Group 3: People who want to eat a lot on the weekend and still lose weight

Who should use this: People who want to eat a crap ton of food on the weekend and still lose weight.

This is is exactly what I recommend you to do if you know you’re going to go out on the weekend and drown in an orgy of beer, burgers, and fries.

Here’s the 3-step process to pulling this off:

Step 1: 1-2 days out of the week, eat just 1000 calories. I recommend eating just one meal during this day to make the meal more filling. You can do 2-3 meals but then each meal becomes tiny as balls. Also make this day a high protein, low carb, low fat day. That means 90% of your calories should be pure protein. I recommend a lot of lean meat and veggies.

Step 2: On the day you know you’re going to be eating a lot, enjoy yourself. Don’t be stupid and binge but there’s no need to count calories. Still make sure to get plenty of protein.

Step 3: On all other days of the week, follow a more conventional diet where your daily calorie intake is around 10-12x your bodyweight in pounds.

By inserting one or two 1000 calorie days during the week, you’ve effectively created a “buffer” for you to enjoy yourself on the weekend and still lose weight.

When it comes to weight loss, your overall weekly calories matter more than your exact daily calorie intake.

You can eat in a surplus on one day, but as long as you course correct that somewhere else during the week, you’ll usually be fine.

Note: If you’re going to try any of the 3 approaches and need a solid workout routine, I recommend Superhero X12.

1000 Calorie Diet and Meal Plan

WARNING! 1000 Calories per day is only suitable for a small framed woman who engages in minimal amounts of exercise.

If you intend to follow such a restricted diet it is very important to ensure nutritional balance is maintained. It may be worth looking at managed programs, such as Medifast or Optifast.

Ensure you drink plenty of water and do not follow this amount of calories for sustained period of time unless advised by a medical professional. Daily calories should vary (zigzag) in order to maintain metabolic rate (see more).

That said, managed properly, such a diet can aid with weight loss goals.

Calorie amounts could vary depending on exact brand/type chosen. Calories for each item in brackets after item name.

Diet Plan 1



Apple Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup water (0)
  • 3/4 cup skimmed milk (68)
  • 2 oz. (1/3 cup) oatmeal (rolled oats) (93)
  • 1/2 an apple (grated) (47)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (0)

Bring the water, oats, and half the milk to the boil. Continue to boil whilst stirring (for 5 minutes), and add grated apple. Add further milk to cool.



Scrambled Egg on Toast

  • 1 large egg (72)
  • 1 tbsp fat-free milk (11)
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread (70)
  • 1/2 oz. low-fat shredded cheddar cheese (25)

Beat egg with the milk and scramble in a non-stick pan or microwave, Toast the bread, top with scrambled eggs and cheese.


  • 1/2 avocado, sliced (161)
  • 3 oz. cooked chicken breast, chopped (142)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce (10)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes (30)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red pepper (12)
  • 1 thinly sliced red onion (48)
  • 2 tbsp low-fat Italian dressing (48)

Diet Plan 2



  • 1 whole wheat English muffin (120)
  • 1 pat butter (36)
  • 1 cup of fruit (74)
  • 1 tea or coffee (0)
  • 8 ounces of water (0)


  • 1 large tossed salad with 2 tbsp dressing (100)
  • 1/2 cup of tuna w/. 5 oz. lite mayo (135)
  • 1 serving (15 pieces) low-fat wheat thin crackers (130)
  • 12 ounces of diet soft drink (0)


  • 1 cup of sliced fruit (74)


  • 1 small tossed salad (with 2 tbsp of dressing) (61)
  • 4 ounces of grilled skinless chicken breast (189)
  • 1 cup of green beans (44)
  • 1 pat butter (36)
  • 12 ounces of water (0)


Diet Plan 3



Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup [8 oz.] plain, low-fat yogurt (77)
  • 1 tsp honey (16)
  • 1/2 banana (50)
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen berries (97)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds (55)
  • 1/2 cup water (0)

Blend together.


  • 2 cups popcorn (air popped) (62)


Tuna Salad

  • 1 chopped apple, chopped (94)
  • 3 oz. water packed tuna, drained (99)
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced (0)
  • 2 cups lettuce leaves (10)
  • 1 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise (45)
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (36)
  • 4 walnut halves, chopped (53)

Mix salad ingredients and top with walnuts



  • 4 oz. very lean ground beef (149)
  • 1 tbsp ketchup (15)
  • 1 small grated carrot (21)
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion (24)
  • 1 egg (72)
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded (10)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced (8)
  • 1 tomato, sliced (16)

Mix the ground beef, grated carrot, egg, onion and ketchup together and form into patty. Dry-fry or bbq, and serve with salad.

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How Much Weight Will You Lose Eating 1,000 Calories? | Woman

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Losing pounds depends upon taking in fewer calories than you burn off, so decreasing the total number of calories you eat in a day is a good way to jump-start weight loss. In order to do so, you must first determine how many calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight. A registered dietitian can help determine your caloric needs as well as ways to personalize a diet plan that will help you lose weight healthfully.

How Many Calories are Needed?

For some individuals, eating 1,000 calories a day would cause a drastic weight loss, but for others, it may not result in much of a weight change at all. This is because caloric needs differ from person to person, based on age, gender, height and weight. On average, adult men of a healthy weight may need about 2,000 calories a day. Adult women typically require less. You can use the USDA’s MyPlate program to help determine how many calories you need. If the number is 1,000 to 1,200 calories daily, eating this amount will not result in a weight loss unless you also increase the amount of calories burned.

Calories in a Pound

You must burn about 3,500 calories to lose a pound. So, to lose a pound a week, you could decrease your daily intake by 500 calories, causing your body to draw from fat reserves. This may involve some simple lifestyle changes. For example, if you regularly drink colas and other high-calorie beverages, cutting out two cans a day will help you reach half your goal.

Do the Math

After you have determined how many calories you need to simply maintain your weight, you can determine how much weight you might lose by eating 1,000 calories instead. For example, if you need 2,000 calories for weight maintenance, going to 1,000 calories means you are shaving 7,000 calories a week, which translates to about a two-pound loss. Also, that does not factor in any calories that you might burn through exercise or other physical activity.

Losing Weight Safely

It is important to consume the right amount of calories you need to perform normal day-to-day activities. If you eat only 1,000 calories when your needs are much higher and also significantly increase your physical activity, you could put yourself at risk for health problems. Losing a pound or two a week is a safe goal for many people. For those who normally need 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day for weight maintenance, eating 1,000 calories instead will likely result in this type of weight loss. However, significant calorie reduction should be done only under the supervision of your doctor.

The difference between 1000 calories of healthy food and 1000 calories of unhealthy food

The calories-in-calories-out (CICO) theory of weight management is simple: if you eat more food than you need, you’ll get fatter. Eat less than you need, and you’ll get skinnier.

This is, of course, an oversimplification of how our bodies work. Everybody needs a different amount of food, and everybody processes that food a little differently — but the basic equation still always applies at a big-picture level.

Knowing this, many people then wonder: is it possible — considering all calories were equal — to lose weight eating only junk food?

Strawberries versus iced doughnuts, (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The answer (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how hopelessly addicted you are to iced doughnuts) is yes — but you’ll probably feel absolutely terrible doing it.

To find out why, we posed this hypothetical question to the dietitians:

What’s the difference between 1000 calories of healthy food, and 1000 calories of junk food?

According to The Nude Nutritionist and dietitian Lyndi Cohen, there’s a multitude of differences — the main one being how your body actually uses the food you put in your mouth.

“If you’re eating 1000 calories of junk or processed food, your body won’t actually process the energy the same as if you were eating 1000 calories of whole foods,” Cohen tells 9Honey Coach.

“For instance, if you were to have a 200-calorie piece of chocolate cake, those calories would be absorbed differently compared to 200 calories of nuts.

“Because nuts are a wholegrain packed with fibre, it’s estimated that 10 to 15 percent of those calories won’t be absorbed at all.”

You’ll build more muscle

When it comes to being as healthy, (and frankly, as good-looking as possible) having an adequate amount of muscle mass is key. This doesn’t mean you have to walk around looking like a competitive bodybuilder, but the more muscle you can keep on your frame the less likely you are to become injured, sick or frail.

“For wellbeing, it’s the quality of the calories you’re eating that matter,” Cohen tells 9Honey Coach.

“If you eat a diet that’s high in protein and fibre and nutrients, you’re much likely to build and retain muscle mass, which burns calories even when you’re resting.

“Conversely, if you eat a diet high in sugary, processed foods high in unhealthy fats, you’re likely to lose some of that muscle mass and generally not look or feel as good.”


Your energy will be more sustained

Technically, 1000 calories of processed food contains exactly the same amount of raw energy as 1000 calories of healthy food — after all, a calorie is defined as being the amount of energy that’s required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

So no matter whether you’re eating Mars Bars or salads —– provided they’re both equivalent to 1000 calories — you’re still getting the same potential energy.

But as Cohen explains, if you choose to eat your total days’ worth of energy in Mars Bars, you’re essentially telling your body that you’ve decided to dump all of this energy at once, instead of slowly releasing it in timely bursts over the day.

“If you were to eat 1000 calories totally from processed food, you’re likely to go through peaks and troughs with your energy, and feel hungry for much of the day,” explains Cohen.

It’s a sentiment that sports dietitian Alison Patterson agrees with, arguing that just because a food is dense with calories, doesn’t mean it has the nutrients required to keep you going.

“Highly processed foods are typically low in fibre, which can lead to gut issues such as bloating and stomach pain,” Patterson tells 9Honey Coach.

“It’s also likely that you’d feel fatigued as many of the essential nutrients needed for good health — such as iron and other vitamins and minerals — are often lacking in heavily processed foods.”

You can eat bigger meals

The biggest difference between 1000 calories of junk food and 1000 calories of nutritious food isn’t so much avoiding the inevitable sugar coma – it’s in the sheer amount of food that you actually get to eat.

As Cohen explains, because foods like chips, sugary drinks and fast food are so calorie-dense, you simply don’t get to eat as much for the same bodily “cost”.

“It’s what we call food volume – 1000 calories of healthy food will fill up potentially a few plates, where 1000 calories of junk food would look tiny in comparison,” says Cohen.

“Plus, because the healthy food is likely to contain wholegrains, healthy fats and protein, so you’re much more likely to be satiated and you won’t feel hungry again soon after eating.”

Your body composition will be better

If you’re looking to lose sheer weight, then making sure you’re eating less calories than you need is key. But if you simply want to look better — no matter what the number on the scale is — then you’ll need to focus on building muscle mass, and losing fat.

The best way to do that, unsurprisingly, is to improve the quality of your diet. As Cohen explains, we’re beginning to understand that the type of foods you eat can actually play a role in how your body stores fat.

“Research has shown that a diet high in processed foods could actually cause your body to store more fat — particularly around your stomach.” says Cohen.

“Essentially, if you can sacrifice the instant gratification of processed foods you’ll reap all the rewards of long-term health — like more muscle mass, improved mood and lower risk of chronic disease — from healthy foods.”

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Exactly what 100 calories of your favourite chocolates looks like

Calorie counting made easy – Harvard Health

Eat less, exercise more. If only it were that simple! As most dieters know, losing weight can be very challenging. As this report details, a range of influences can affect how people gain and lose weight. But a basic understanding of how to tip your energy balance in favor of weight loss is a good place to start.

Start by determining how many calories you should consume each day. To do so, you need to know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Doing this requires a few simple calculations.

First, multiply your current weight by 15 — that’s roughly the number of calories per pound of body weight needed to maintain your current weight if you are moderately active. Moderately active means getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in the form of exercise (walking at a brisk pace, climbing stairs, or active gardening). Let’s say you’re a woman who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds, and you need to lose about 15 pounds to put you in a healthy weight range. If you multiply 155 by 15, you will get 2,325, which is the number of calories per day that you need in order to maintain your current weight (weight-maintenance calories). To lose weight, you will need to get below that total.

For example, to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week — a rate that experts consider safe — your food consumption should provide 500 to 1,000 calories less than your total weight-maintenance calories. If you need 2,325 calories a day to maintain your current weight, reduce your daily calories to between 1,325 and 1,825. If you are sedentary, you will also need to build more activity into your day. In order to lose at least a pound a week, try to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days, and reduce your daily calorie intake by at least 500 calories. However, calorie intake should not fall below 1,200 a day in women or 1,500 a day in men, except under the supervision of a health professional. Eating too few calories can endanger your health by depriving you of needed nutrients.

Meeting your calorie target

How can you meet your daily calorie target? One approach is to add up the number of calories per serving of all the foods that you eat, and then plan your menus accordingly. You can buy books that list calories per serving for many foods. In addition, the nutrition labels on all packaged foods and beverages provide calories per serving information. Make a point of reading the labels of the foods and drinks you use, noting the number of calories and the serving sizes. Many recipes published in cookbooks, newspapers, and magazines provide similar information.

If you hate counting calories, a different approach is to restrict how much and how often you eat, and to eat meals that are low in calories. Dietary guidelines issued by the American Heart Association stress common sense in choosing your foods rather than focusing strictly on numbers, such as total calories or calories from fat. Whichever method you choose, research shows that a regular eating schedule — with meals and snacks planned for certain times each day — makes for the most successful approach. The same applies after you have lost weight and want to keep it off. Sticking with an eating schedule increases your chance of maintaining your new weight.

Some people focus on reducing the fat in their eating plan because, at 9 calories per gram, fat by weight contains more than twice as many calories as carbohydrates or proteins (4 calories per gram). By substituting lean cuts of meat for fatty ones, avoiding high-fat packaged foods and snacks, and refraining from fat-rich products such as butter and partially hydrogenated fats, you can cut out dozens or even hundreds of calories per day. On the other hand, many people mistakenly think that cutting fat always means cutting calories. Some fat-free foods actually contain more calories than the regular versions because manufacturers use extra sugar to make up for the flavor lost in removing the fat. Moreover, low-fat or nonfat foods are not low-calorie if you consume them in large quantities.

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90,000 How much you can lose weight in a month without harm

Obesity – excess fat in the subcutaneous tissue, organs and tissues.

What affects the rate of fat burning

Some people can easily lose 5 kg in a week, while others have to work for several months to lose 1 kg.

This process depends on the following factors.

  1. Power supply features. And we are talking not only about the daily calorie content of food, but also about the peculiarities of the diet (are there proteins, unsaturated fats, fiber and other nutrients in the menu).
  2. Physical activity. If a person, by virtue of the profession, is forced to move a lot during the day, then he will lose weight faster than an office employee who spends most of the time in a sitting position. Classes in a fitness club, daily gymnastics, jogging and other activities help fight obesity.
  3. Metabolic peculiarities. In some people it is accelerated from birth, in others it is slow. With proper nutrition and exercise, metabolism can be accelerated.
  4. The percentage of adipose tissue in the body and the time it took to gain weight. A person with 20-30 extra pounds loses weight faster than one whose weight exceeds the norm by 2-3 kg.

Norms of weight loss per month

Normally, the body should lose no more than 1 kg per week. But it should be borne in mind that the weight will go unevenly. In the first 1-2 months, you can get rid of 5-10 kg if you adjust your diet and include daily workouts in the schedule. During this period, the body will be cleansed of toxins, establish metabolic processes, and get rid of excess fluid.

The rate of weight loss per month for weight loss without problems is from 4 to 7 kg.

The process will slow down later. In 3 months, about 6-15 kg will go away (after a quick weight loss, a period of “plateau” will come – no more than 300-600 g will go away in a week). In 6 months, you can lose from 5 to 30 kg, depending on the lifestyle and initial body weight.

Remember that muscles are heavier than fat, so you need to focus not only on mass, but also on volumes.

How to count calories

Counting calories is one of the most effective ways to fight obesity.Therefore, it is important to control the daily amount of food. Using special nutrition diaries and calorie tables, you can calculate the energy value of dishes.

During the diet, it is best to eat at home and use a kitchen scale to control the amount of food. The norm is calculated based on the ratio of 22-26 kcal for each kilogram of a person’s body weight.

Not only calorie content is important, but also BZHU – the ratio of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is wrong to give up fats – unsaturated fatty acids are useful and necessary for the normal functioning of the body.As for carbohydrates, the diet should include fiber, dietary fiber, but refuse simple sugars. The main menu should be proteins, which are the “building material” for muscles, skin and other tissues.

BJU is the ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

How much you can lose weight in a month without harm to health

The rate of weight loss directly depends on what methods a person uses.

Without sports on proper nutrition

A healthy diet helps not only to get rid of excess weight, but also to improve the functioning of all organs and systems.

During the first week, the minus in body weight can be impressive – many people manage to lose from 2 to 5 kg after correcting their nutrition, without suffering from hunger. But losing weight during this period is associated with the elimination of excess fluid from the body. In the future, the process will begin to slow down – weight loss will be from 0.5 to 1.5 kg per week.

On a vegetarian diet

After switching to a vegetarian diet, people quickly lose weight. Eliminating animal fats from the diet helps to lose 2-3 kg per week.In a month, you can lose up to 15 kg, but this method is fraught with danger.

Vegetarianism is a popular nutrition system today.

If the body does not get enough protein, it can lead to muscle dystrophy and other disorders.

Therefore, it is important to carefully monitor that there is a sufficient amount of plant-based protein in the diet.

On a protein diet

A protein diet is considered an effective method of losing weight. By taking in protein from food, the body will maintain muscle mass. And the rejection of carbohydrates allows you to quickly burn body fat. In the first week, many people manage to get rid of 5-7 kg. But then weight loss occurs more slowly – no more than 250 g per day.

It is not worth sticking to such a diet for a long time. An excess of proteins creates an additional load on the organs of the excretory system, which can affect the functioning of the kidneys, provoke the development of diseases.

If there is no more than 1000 kcal per day

A sharp restriction of the energy value of food allows you to quickly lose weight. But doctors do not recommend adhering to such a nutritional system. At the end of the diet, people quickly gain the lost mass. It is impossible to limit the diet to 1000 kcal for a long period – this can lead to depletion of the body and hormonal disorders.

1000 kcal per day – a very strict diet, which can only be followed under the supervision of a specialist.

1200 calories per day

Such a diet will be effective and safe only if you eat right. You can gain 1200 kcal per day from sweets and pastries, but this method is unlikely to help solve the problem with extra pounds.

It is important to maintain a balance of nutrients: 30% fat, 50% protein and 20% unsaturated fat. If you give up sugar, soda, alcohol, fatty foods, you can get rid of 5-7 kg per month.

Not eating after 6 pm

It is believed that you can lose weight if you do not eat after 18.00. But this is true only if a person goes to bed no later than 22.00. If the body has to fast for more than 4 hours before going to bed, and then also throughout the night, then it goes into the “economical consumption” mode and begins to accumulate reserves in the form of subcutaneous fatty tissue. To prevent this from happening, before going to bed you need to eat some fruit, drink a glass of kefir or yogurt – these low-calorie foods are unlikely to affect weight, but will maintain the metabolic rate at the desired level.

You can get rid of excess weight if you do not eat after 18 hours, in the evening you can eat some fruit.
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Sports and weight loss

Physical activity not only accelerates the process of losing weight, but also strengthens the body, increases endurance, makes the body more prominent. But this happens only against the background of proper nutrition. If you consume 3-4 thousand kcal per day, then sports activities are unlikely to help improve your figure. If, on the contrary, sharply limit the energy value of food to 1000 kcal, then intense physical activity can lead to exhaustion.

Active sports will allow you to lose weight, despite the high calorie intake of food.

If you run every day for 30 minutes

If a person’s heart rate is increased while running, then in 30 minutes you can burn about 400 kcal.Running on an empty stomach is considered especially useful in terms of losing weight – in such a situation, subcutaneous fat is burned. Daily jogging will have a good effect on the state of the body, strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, invigorate, and provide an energy boost for the whole day.

Combination of proper nutrition and sports

The most effective and safe method of fighting obesity is a combination of physical activity and nutrition. Thus, you can lose 3-7 kg per month, without risking your health, without feeling weak, without suffering from emotional changes.

The rules of this regime are simple:

  1. Refuse fast food, fatty foods, sugar, carbonated drinks, fried foods. Instead, include fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals, dietary meat, cottage cheese, eggs, nuts in the diet.
  2. It is better to eat often, but in small portions – this allows you to speed up the metabolism, relieve the load on the digestive system, and prevent the appearance of weakness and drowsiness after eating.
  3. Periodically take complexes of vitamins and minerals to provide the body with the necessary nutrients.
  4. Feasible physical activity is mandatory. The intensity of training should be increased gradually – if you have never played sports, then it is better to start with morning jogging, swimming, long walks, and only after that move on to aerobics and more difficult exercises. It is important to include strength training in the schedule, which will help strengthen the muscles.

What is the danger of express methods

All quick methods of losing weight are associated with strict dietary restrictions.But mono diets and exhausting workouts are harmful and even dangerous to your health. A hunger strike triggers special defense mechanisms – the body understands that energy needs to be saved, therefore it begins to store excess lipids in the form of subcutaneous fat.

Abuse of strict diets can lead to the development of many pathologies, including hormonal disruptions, diseases of the stomach, heart, musculoskeletal system.

You need to gradually get rid of excess weight. If possible, it is better to consult with a nutritionist who will help you create the right menu, and seek the help of a professional trainer who will select safe but effective exercises.

90,000 11 misconceptions of people who do not believe in calories

Study after study shows that losing weight requires eating less and moving more. But there are still people who argue that this is not the case. Some of the arguments against are downright idiotic, some sound impressive.
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Myth number 1.What you eat is more important than how much you eat.

You can lose weight on hamburgers and soda. Although there are undoubtedly many reasons not to do this, and you are unlikely to enjoy such a diet. There is no evidence that the “wrong” food, which often includes GMOs, sugar, fructose, gluten, makes you gain more fat than the “right” one. Again, this does not mean that you need to eat the “wrong” food.

Whole grains, dietary fiber, and adequate protein in your diet make it easier to control your appetite and keep you healthy over the long term. In any case, while you are in a calorie deficit, the weight goes down.

Myth number 2. If you eat the right combination of protein / fat / carbohydrates, you are not gaining fat.

Almost 100 years of research shows that there is no combination that will allow you to lose more fat than others. Low-fat, high-fat, low-carb diets – either way, you will lose the same amount of fat if you consume the same amount of protein. This is the only exception.

A high protein diet allows people to lose less muscle and more fat on the same calorie diet compared to other options.But after a certain amount of protein (about 1.6 grams per kilogram of body weight or even less), additional doses of protein no longer affect the loss ratio.

Myth number 3. People are not losing as much weight as they should be. Therefore, calorie counting is meaningless. NOT PROPERLY.

Yes, even in fully controlled studies, people are losing less weight on a diet than they should be on the basis of a deficiency. But this is not a matter of calculating calories, but of energy balance. Here are some reasons why this balance is very difficult to find:

– People almost never can correctly estimate the number of calories received.

– On a calorie deficit, people move less, which leads to less expenditure and less weight loss.

– On a shortage, people lose different amounts of water, which also leads to a difference in the result.

In controlled studies, when people ate less, they lost weight. The difference was less than one would expect, but not much.

Myth number 4. People don’t put on as much weight as calculated.

As with loss, the body resists gaining weight.Some people cannot gain weight at all, despite the large surplus of calories. Here are some reasons why this might be happening:

– Increased activity . In surplus, unconscious activity can increase. You get up more often, walk more often, wave your hands more often. The difference can be up to 1000 kcal per day.

Weight gain results in a large mass of to be moved. This also burns extra calories.

– The more you eat, the more is the thermal effect of food .10% of 1000 kcal and 3000 kcal is already an additional 200 kcal costs. Besides, when people say “I eat tons of food” it means the same as saying “I don’t eat anything and I’m getting better”.

Myth number 5. Metabolism slows down when you cut calories, so cutting calories doesn’t work .

If this were so, death from hunger would be impossible. In the Minnesota Fasting Study, people ate a 50% cut diet and walked more than 30 km per week.In 6 months they lost 25% of their body weight. Basal metabolic rate dropped by only 225 kcal per day. So yes, there is some reduction in consumption, but this is clearly not enough to stop losing weight.

Myth number 6. Losing weight is too complex to be managed with diet and exercise alone.

Yes, hundreds of factors affect body composition. Habitual fat levels, food sensitivities, basal metabolic rate, hormone levels and sensitivity, etc.But there is good news. People who are in a calorie deficit lose weight without having to worry about all of these factors. Eat less, move more – lose weight. Everything.

Myth number 7. When and how often you eat is more important than how much you eat.

There is no evidence that eating 6 times a day or intermittent fasting is more than just a convenient way to control appetite for some. There is no evidence that the idea of ​​consuming fewer carbs at night or eating in the “post-workout window” will work either.If you consume the same amount of calories, then you will lose or gain the same amount of mass. This is true for 10 meals or one.

Myth number 8. Hormones affect weight, so hormone management is more important than nutrition.

Leptin, insulin, testosterone, cortisol, thyroids – everything affects how many calories you burn and how much fat and muscle you lose. However, there is no evidence that you can change the amount or ratio as a result of dieting, avoiding certain foods, or taking supplements.(except for steroids, which are outside the scope of this article).

Myth number 9. Some supplements allow you to lose weight without being in a calorie deficit.

No supplements (most of which are useless) will not help you lose weight without a calorie deficit. The ones that work will only help you lose a little more fat. Even powerful things like ephedrine and caffeine will simply add an additional loss of 100-200 kcal per day. In addition, this effect will decrease as you get used to it.

Myth number 10.Cutting calories makes you hungry, so it doesn’t work in the long run.

Usually, when you eat less, you want to eat more. However, if you change your diet to eat more “filling” foods, you may not feel hungry. People who have increased their protein intake may consume several hundred fewer calories per day without even realizing it. Although some still remain hungry even when changing food for a more satisfying one. What to do, sometimes you just have to be patient.Gradually, the body will get used to the new mass, and the hunger will go away. In addition, there are many things that make us eat besides hunger:

– We eat a lot when we’re bored.

– We eat a lot of large containers.

– We eat a lot when people are eating a lot around.

– We eat a lot if we don’t control calories.

– We eat a lot when we eat too fast.

– We eat a lot when we’re worried.

So, except when you are trying to achieve extremely low fat levels, you can usually control your appetite by choosing an appropriate diet.

Myth number 11. I do not lose weight, although I eat little and do a lot.

There are 4 reasons why this statement is false:

– Most people have no idea how much they actually eat.

– There is no way to check how much they actually ate or spent, so you have to rely on their words. See paragraph 1.

– Whatever diet a person starts, he starts it with preliminary psychological settings. If he believes that the diet will work, then he observes it more strictly, adheres to the regime, and interprets every doubt in favor of the diet.And vice versa.

– Even during controlled studies, people know the details of the study that can influence the results.


Any controlled study over the last hundred years shows that people only lose weight when they are in a calorie deficit.

You’ve heard all types of reasons people think calories shouldn’t be counted, but they are all easily broken down based on research. This does not mean that calories are the only thing to worry about, but if you want to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you spend.Dot.

An important background article on the same topic: Energy Balance: The Basic Law of Weight Management.

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90,000 Eating less than 1,200 calories is dangerous?

Of course, we know that it is important to lose weight by cutting back on your diet, controlling portions and counting calories. But not everyone knows that drastically cutting calories can be unhealthy. Nutritionists recommend that women stay at the 1200 calorie limit and in no case go lower. Why can’t you eat less than 1200 calories? Let’s figure it out.

The principle of losing weight is simple: you need to either burn more or eat less calories, that is, create a calorie deficit. The safest method is to combine both approaches: slightly reduce the number of calories in the diet and add physical activity.

Women must consume at least 1200 calories and men must consume at least 1800.

How many calories do you need to burn to lose 1 kg

Determining a safe calorie deficit for each person is not easy because we are all different and everyone will have a different resting metabolic rate. But we can say for sure that 1 kg of fat is equal to 7716 calories. Can you imagine? To lose 1 kg from fat, you need to burn 7,716 calories. That is, if you create a daily deficit of 550 calories, you can lose 1 kg in 2 weeks. Or, eat 250 calories less each day and add exercise.

We start eating less than 1200 calories – we slow down the metabolism

But it must be remembered that a sharp reduction in calories in the diet can significantly slow down the metabolism, and it will be more difficult to lose weight. When you are hungry, you will send signals to your body that it is time to stock up on calories just in case. That is why there is a general recommendation for women to consume at least 1200 calories, and for men – at least 1800.

The reason our metabolism slows down if we eat less than 1200 calories a day is a physiological chain reaction to stress associated with a restricted diet. The body begins to adjust to stress immediately. Yes, at the same time, the weight can decrease, but behind the desired figure on the scales, there are negative consequences. With a sharp decrease in calories, the body begins to expend glycogen from the muscles in order to maintain the desired level of sugar in the blood, therefore, muscle mass decreases. But this process does not last long, after which the metabolism slows down, and it becomes even more difficult to lose weight.

To lose 1 kg from fat, you need to burn 7716 calories. If you create a daily deficit of 550 calories, you can lose 1 kg in 2 weeks. Or, eat 250 calories less each day and add exercise.

Small inconveniences – side effects of lowering calories below 1200

Now you know that a diet of less than 1200 calories puts the body on a hunger strike and will certainly lead to negative consequences. Some of the side effects of this method of losing weight are minor and temporary.

Your diet is too low in calories if you feel:

  • weakness;
  • fatigue;
  • cold intolerance;
  • dizziness;
  • constipation;
  • swelling of the hands and feet.

Big trouble – side effects if there are less than 1200 calories

Other side effects are much more significant and bad for health. Low-calorie diet, reduced protein and other nutrients in the diet lead to menstrual irregularities in women or even cessation of menstruation.

A low-calorie diet and rapid weight loss lead to the formation of gallstones. An attack of cholecystitis may result in the removal of the gallbladder.

Gout, or painful joint inflammation resulting from the accumulation of uric acid in the blood, can only be exacerbated by a low-calorie diet. It is also dangerous with thyroiditis. Diseases are only whipped up with such a diet.

In the absence of a sufficient amount of vitamins, proteins and electrolytes, an electrolyte imbalance occurs.As a result, the body begins to use calcium from the bones, weakening them and further leading to osteoporosis.

As you can see, drastic and rapid weight loss does not bring anything good, except for the desired weight. In general, a significant change in diet should be discussed with your doctor. And for effective and safe weight loss, you need to adhere to three main approaches: be physically active, gradually change your dietary habits and slowly reduce weight – up to a maximum of 1 kg per week.

For more useful tips on losing weight, see here.

Lyudmila Polonchak, based on materials from livestrong.com, popsugar.com, livestrong.com

90,000 ready-made daily plan with KBZHU (PHOTOS)

One of the easiest and safest ways to lose weight is to reduce the energy value of the diet. With a calorie deficit, the body will use the reserves of fat deposits for its needs. However, it is not recommended to underestimate the calorie intake too much, otherwise the risk of the opposite effect and rapid weight gain increases.

We offer you a ready-made version of the weekly menu for 1200 kcal with BJU and a description of the dishes. This nutritional option is suitable for women to lose weight and lose weight.

Proper nutrition: menu for 1200 calories

The main rule of the PP diet for weight loss is the balance of nutrients, namely proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The proportion remains unchanged for any calorie content. Approximate BZHU: 20-30%, 20-30%, 40-50%. Moreover, there is a mandatory limit for fats – not less than 30-35 g for food per day.

In the menu for 1200 kcal for weight loss, you also need to pay attention to the amount of fiber and water. Fiber comes from vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries or cereals, bran and bread. Optimally, 20-30 g of dietary fiber per day. You should drink at least 1.5 liters of water daily, which includes weak tea (preferably green).

Who needs a 1200 kcal menu?

The calorie content of a diet of 1200 kcal is considered extreme. The situation will be especially dangerous if you go down to this calorie indicator too sharply.If you want to switch to a diet of 1200 kcal, ideally, you should first calculate your daily allowance and then reduce by 100-200 kcal per week. However, there are times when a low calorie intake is acceptable.

A 1200 kcal menu is suitable:

  • girls with short stature and small weight; 90 012 90 011 people without high activity and without physical exertion;
  • for those who want to lose 1.5-3 kg in a short time;

An absolute plus of such a diet is the ability to quickly restore tone to the figure, out of an urgent need to lose a little excess weight.For example, this option is used before a vacation or some kind of celebration. When combined with training, the result is achieved in a short time, usually in 5-10 days. It is not recommended to keep a lower calorie intake while losing weight.

The 1200 kcal menu should be based on correct and healthy foods, otherwise you will not be able to keep this low daily value. With a balanced diet, the harm of a severe calorie deficit is minimized.

Advantages of food for 1200 kcal:

  1. With a limited diet of 1200 kcal, you will definitely lose weight.For a month, a loss of 3 to 10 kg is possible, depending on the initial weight.
  2. It is almost guaranteed that your menu will consist of the right and healthy foods. After all, otherwise it is very difficult to keep within such a limited calorie intake.
  3. In the presence of a varied and full-fledged menu, this method of losing weight does not cause serious harm to the body, unlike mono diets with a very low calorie diet (for example, a diet on buckwheat porridge, kefir, grapefruit, etc.).

Who doesn’t want a 1200 kcal menu?

A significant reduction in the energy value of the diet is not suitable for everyone.For example, athletes, active people, manual workers will have too few calories to cover the needs of the body. This will affect the state of health and health, reduce the reserves of strength, and increase fatigue.

A categorical ban on diets with a menu of up to 1200 kcal is noted for adolescents. This is due to the need for a balance of nutrients, the supply of energy for the growth of the body and its proper development. For a similar reason, pregnant women are not allowed to take low calories, since they need a resource for the formation of the fetus.

Cons of food for 1200 kcal:

  1. It is very difficult to always eat within 1200 kcal. And if you return to the regular menu after the long-awaited weight loss (even within the normal 1800-2000 kcal), you will gain weight very quickly. With a 1200 calorie diet, your body slowed down its metabolism in order to continue its normal activities with such a poor diet. And with an increase in the calorie intake of the daily diet, all excess will be stored in the form of fat.
  2. With a diet of 1200 kcal per day, there is a high risk of losing your diet. For a diet with a large calorie deficit, it is necessary to have endurance and willpower, because the body clearly receives less than what is required and will remind about it.
  3. With such a limited diet, there is a high probability that you will not be getting all the essential vitamins and minerals found in foods.
  4. If you eat 1200 kcal, then you simply will not have the physical strength for effective fitness.And losing weight without sports is not the best option when you look at the long term.

So you might wonder if the game is worth the candle? After all, no matter how much we want to lose weight very quickly, our ultimate goal is to keep the body healthy and working smoothly. And this is possible only with a combination of a balanced menu and regular physical activity. A 1,200-calorie diet is hard to fit into this concept.

Pay attention! 1200 calories can be a perfectly normal weight loss figure if you are low weight, short and not physically active.With such initial data, the calorie rate will be low, and it will not be harmful to the body. Most importantly, do not lower your calorie deficit below 20-25%. Use our Calorie Calculator to calculate your calorie intake.

Damage to food for 1200 kcal with a large weight

It is impossible to start losing weight with a large weight with a sharp decrease in calorie content, this will necessarily be followed by an even greater rollback, and there will not be less fat. If you follow this path, then you can forget about harmony. Chronic fasting as a result of a lack of calories will reduce the functioning of the endocrine glands.The body will not give up fat stores, but will use up muscles. As a result, metabolic processes will slow down to the maximum, fatigue and inactivity will develop. This complex of reactions will lead to the fact that the body inhibits fat burning.

If you stay on the menu of 1200 kcal and below for too long, then it becomes more difficult to follow a diet, the risk of breakdown increases. The feeling of hunger gets out of control, you can overeat. For overweight people, it is dangerous not only by deviating from proper nutrition, but also by gaining even more weight.Excess calories will begin to be stored in fat, the body will begin to store.

Tips for losing weight according to the 1200 calorie system

If you are still determined or are already eating at 1200 kcal per day, then some tips will be useful to you:

  1. Try to eat a variety of foods. We love some foods less, some more, but with such a deficit diet, a varied menu is very important. Of course, it’s good if you find your ideal diet that suits you in terms of taste and fits within the 1200 kcal limit.However, the body needs a varied diet, so do not forget to alternate types of meats, cereals, vegetables and fruits.
  2. Consume vitamins. Diets, whatever they may be, are always accompanied by a lack of vitamins or minerals. Therefore, be sure to buy a complex of vitamins at the pharmacy and take them regularly. This will reduce the risk of consequences from the diet.
  3. After losing weight, you need to competently get out of the 1200 kcal diet. It is very important to smoothly switch from a 1200 kcal diet to a nutritious diet.Even if you have achieved the results you need in losing weight, in no case should you suddenly start eating without restrictions. This will lead to a complete return of the lost kilos. Gradually increase the calories in your diet, adding about 100-200 kcal per week.

It is obvious that eating 1200 kcal per day, although an effective method of losing weight, is at the same time quite extreme. To create a beautiful figure, it is much easier and more productive to calculate your real calorie intake, choose high-quality physical activity for yourself and successfully combine these two areas.

How to make a 1200 kcal diet?

Contains a 1200 kcal menu for 3 main meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. There are also 3 snacks in between: after breakfast, afternoon tea and in the evening 1 hour before bedtime. In terms of effectiveness, this is the best nutritional option for the day, since satiety is maintained and the likelihood of food disruptions decreases.

Food intake:

  1. What is better to eat for breakfast – complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This will give energy for the first half of the day.
  2. What is better to eat for lunch – the composition is the same as for breakfast. Lunch provides energy for the afternoon.
  3. What is better to eat for dinner – protein and fiber, some fat. There is no need for energy, there is lightness in the stomach.
  4. What is better to eat for snacks – simple carbohydrates in the morning, for an afternoon snack, while maintaining the calorie intake of fats or carbohydrates, in the evening proteins.

The principles of the diet for the 1200 kcal menu are standard. The bulk of the meal in the first half of the day to provide the body with energy.Closer to sleep, proteins become leaders, there should be almost no carbohydrates. Fiber (vegetables, fruits or berries, cereals) should be included in every meal, leave sweets for breakfast and the first snack.

Menu for 1200 kcal by day

In total, we have compiled 7 rations for you for each day of the week. The menu begins with the general KBZhU (calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates). Then the 1200 calorie menu items for 6 meals are detailed. The necessary products are indicated, their quantity, if necessary, then the recipe.

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 1

Total KBZhU: 1212 kcal, proteins – 76.2 g, fats – 52.3 g, carbohydrates – 108.7 g

Breakfast: Long oat flakes cooking – 45 g, milk 2.5% – 50 ml, flower honey – 10 g, raisins – 20 g, Greek yogurt – 50 g. Cook in the evening: combine and then mix the ingredients in a jar or container, put in the refrigerator.

Snack: Suluguni cheese – 10 g, green apple – 1 piece (~ 150 g).

Lunch: Buckwheat (dry) – 25 g, chicken hearts – 140 g, sour cream with a fat content of 10% – 10 g, onions – 20 g, carrots – 25 g, oil – 3 ml. Steam the groats for 30-40 minutes with boiling water. Fry vegetables and hearts, greasing a frying pan with oil. Dilute sour cream with water, pour over, simmer until tender.

Snack: Prunes – 15 g (~ 2-3 pieces), almonds – 6 nuts (~ 10 g).

Dinner: Chicken eggs – 2 pieces, spinach – 30 g, butter 82.5% – 5 g, mushrooms – 50 g, Parmesan – 7 g.Fry the chopped mushrooms, add oil and spinach when almost cooked, and simmer. Beat the eggs, grate the cheese with a fine grater, mix, pour into the pan. Make an omelet.

Snack: Egg whites – 3 pieces (~ 100 g), cucumber – 70 g, green peas – 25 g, celery – 30 g, Greek yogurt – 15 g. Make a light salad.

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 2

Total KBZhU: 1209 kcal, proteins – 86.3 g, fats – 48.4 g, carbohydrates – 100.5 g.

Breakfast: Chicken egg – 2 pieces, milk 1.5% – 20 ml, Borodino bread – 30 grams (1 slice), lightly salted trout – 30 g, curd cheese – 10 g. Make an omelet from eggs with milk. Make a fish and cheese sandwich.

Snack: Pear – 40 g, apple – 50 g, pine nuts – 6 g, yogurt – 15 g. Make a fruit salad. You need to chop a pear with an apple, season, sprinkle with nuts.

Lunch: Whole grain pasta – 50 g, chicken fillet – 90 g, parsley – 8 g, spices taste, ghee – 3 g and cream 10% – 35 ml.Boil pasta, cut into cubes from fillet. Fry the meat in oil, then pour in a little diluted cream with spices, simmer. Arrange with parsley.

Snack: Rice cakes – 2 pieces (~ 20 g), curd cheese – 18 g.

Dinner: Pangasius fillet – 120 g, frozen or fresh vegetable mixture – 150 grams, pumpkin seeds – 10 g. Steamed fish with garnish to keep more benefits. You can bake.Sprinkle with seeds until serving.

Snack: Fermented baked milk with 4% fat – 150 ml.

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 3

Total KBZhU: 1211 kcal, proteins – 96.1 g, fats – 42.6 g, carbohydrates – 108.6 g.

Breakfast: Cottage cheese 2% fat – 120 g, rice flour – 30 g and raw egg whites – 2 pieces (~ 66 g), raisins – 10 g, vanillin, sweetener, low-calorie variety of jam – 15 g, black coffee – 200 ml.Grind the proteins and cottage cheese with sweetener and vanilla, sift the flour, add the raisins, then mix the dough. Prepare cheesecakes. Serve with jam and black coffee.

Snack: Dried figs – 28 g, dried apricots, prunes – 2 pieces each (~ 13 g each).

Lunch: Beef – 80 g, new potatoes – 110 g, onions and carrots – 15 g each, fresh tomato paste – 10 g, oil – 5 ml. Coarsely chop vegetables, fry until golden, transfer to a saucepan for stewing.Remove streaks and films from meat, cut into cubes, fry. Transfer to vegetables, add water, simmer for 30 minutes under the lid. Put the potatoes in slices, add water, add salt, tomato paste, spices. Stir and leave for 15 minutes.

Snack: Kefir 1% – 200 ml, walnut – 7 g (~ 2-3 kernels).

Dinner: Canned tuna – 100 g, boiled egg – 1 piece, tomatoes and cucumbers – 50 g each, red onion – 20 g, olive oil – 6 ml.Prepare a salad.

Snack: Soft cottage cheese 5% – 100 g, dill – 5 g, parsley – 8 g.

1200 kcal menu: day 4

Total KBZHU: 1197 kcal, proteins – 94.7 g, fats – 41.1 g, carbohydrates – 115.8 g.

Breakfast: Oat milk – 150 ml, orange juice – 80 ml, banana – 50 g, flower honey – 10 g, cottage cheese 5 % – 100 g. Make a smoothie from the ingredients.

Snack: Wheat slice – 1 piece (~ 10 g), peanut paste – 10 g and a cup of black coffee – 200 ml.

Lunch: Brown rice (dry) – 40 g, turkey fillet – 120 g, zucchini and cauliflower – 80 g each, sour cream 10% – 20 g, spices to taste. Cook rice. Chop the turkey and courgette. Fry, add water, add cabbage inflorescences, as well as salt, spices and simmer under the lid until tender. Serve with rice.

Snack: Cottage cheese 5% – 40 g, sour cream 15% – 10 g, raisins – 30 g.

Dinner: Pink salmon – 100 g, low-fat cream 10% – 20 ml, sauerkraut – 120 g, olive oil – 6 ml.Bake the fish in slightly diluted cream. To serve, put sauerkraut, season with oil and dried herbs or spices.

Snack: Boiled egg – 1 piece, boiled egg – 1 piece, cucumber – 80 g.

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 5

Total KBZHU: 1211 kcal, proteins – 89 , 6 g, fats – 49.7 g, carbohydrates – 94.8 g.

Breakfast: Grain bread – 40 g, lettuce leaves – 15 g, avocado – 40 g, chicken eggs – 2 pieces.To make sandwiches: spread avocado on 2 slices of bread, then herbs. Boil hard-boiled eggs, serve with sandwiches.

Snack: Banana – 85 g, a slice of dark chocolate – 5 g.

Lunch: Bulgur groats (dry) – 35 g, minced chicken – 130 g and onion – 30 g, pasta from tomatoes – 15 g. Chop the onion, fry with meat and spices. When it is almost ready, pour the paste slightly diluted with water, stir, simmer under a lid for 7-8 minutes over low heat.Boil the groats separately.

Snack: Fresh carrots with strips – 50 g, hummus – 20 g.

Dinner: Squids – 120 g, Chinese cabbage leaves – 50 g, cucumber – 100 g, boiled egg – 1 piece , natural yogurt – 10 g. Boil squids. For this, cut the cucumbers with an egg, chop the seafood, tear the cabbage and season with yogurt.

Snack: Kefir with 1% fat content – 1 cup (~ 220 ml).

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 6

Total KBZhU: 1211 kcal, proteins – 93.6 g, fats – 48.8 g, carbohydrates – 102.2 g.

Breakfast: Natural yogurt 2% – 130 g, chia seeds – 18 g, kiwi – 30 g, walnuts – 2 pieces (~ 12 g), dried apricots – 3 pieces (~ 20 g). To make PP-pudding: pour the seeds over with yogurt in the evening, and in the morning lay out layers with fruits and nuts.

Snack: Rye bread – 2 plastics (~ 6 g), avocado – 30 g, apple – 70 g.

Lunch: Dry buckwheat groats – 40 g, mushrooms – 100 g, chicken fillet – 30 g, onions – 25 g, carrots – 30 g, butter – 6 g.Fry vegetables, mushrooms in slices and chicken in small cubes, boil the cereals separately. Combine the garnish and roast before serving, mix thoroughly.

Snack: Canned tuna in its own juice – 60 g, corn – 40 g and fresh tomato – 60 g, sour cream with a fat content of 10% – 20 g. Prepare a salad.

Dinner: Cod fillet – 100 g, broccoli – 120 g, zucchini – 80 g, peeled pumpkin seeds – 10 g, olives – 30 g, olive oil – 5 ml.For an evening meal, steam fish and vegetables. Add seeds and oil on top of the whole dish, and put the olives on a plate next to each other.

Snack: Shrimps – 80 g, boiled protein – 1 piece, arugula – 30 g. Cook and peel the shrimps. Serve the shrimp with egg and herbs, sprinkle with lemon juice on top.

Menu for 1200 kcal: day 7

Total KBZhU: 1194 kcal, proteins – 88.6 g, fats – 50.1 g, carbohydrates – 93.1 g.

Breakfast: Lavash – 60 g, curd cheese – 25 g, lettuce – 20 g, fish of low salinity – 30 g, cucumber – 50 g Grease lavash with cheese. Chop vegetables with fish, and then lay them crosswise in a row, roll up the roll. Cut into 2-3 pieces.

Snack: Coffee – 220 ml, cream 10% – 30 ml, dark chocolate – 12 g.

Lunch: Borodino bread – 2 pieces (~ 60 g), lettuce – 15 g , tomatoes – 50 g, boiled chicken fillet – 80 g, cheese – 20 g.To make sandwiches: put salad on the bread, top with tomato circles and slices of meat, cheese separately. Brew tea.

Snack: Cashew – 15 g, fermented baked milk with 1% fat – 120 ml.

Dinner: Raw egg white – 1 piece, chicken egg – 2 pieces, broccoli – 100 grams, green beans – 80 g, ghee – 4 g. Make an omelet: first fry the vegetables in oil, then pour over the whipped eggs, simmer under the lid.

Snack: Soft fat-free cottage cheese 0% – 150 g, strawberries – 40 g.

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I feel comfortable eating About 600-1000 Calories Per Day. Is It OK If I Want To Lose Weight?

Only for a short period of time. Your serving calories should be much higher.

Although this question does not say anything about your current statistics (weight, age, any medical conditions, etc.), I must say that 600 or even 1000 is too little.

Now about weight loss, yes, you will be on those calories. In fact, you will lose weight too quickly.

But is it optimal? I have to say no.

There are many reasons, but I will list the most common ones:

Most people go into extreme eating for some time after this deficiency. It’s mostly psychological because you feel like you’ve earned it. You are losing muscle. Remember, the most high-calorie tool (consuming calories) is muscle.Why waste them? Plus it’s what makes your body look hot. Your metabolism is being hit hard. Being in such a severe deficit for a long time, without any relapses, makes you burn less and less. Although 1000 calories is too low, your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) is trying to get closer to that amount and is getting closer every day.

There is a better alternative when it comes to losing weight in two areas. Gain / maintain lean body mass (muscle) while losing fat.

For this, nutrition is the most essential part and you need to have a plan no matter what.

Entering a battle without a strategy is the key to success.

You must focus on a certain number of calories in a certain amount of time. At the same time, you need to anchor your macros, which are likely to be heavy on the protein side and light on the carbohydrate side.

Luckily, we’ve created an app to help you do just that. This will help you choose the right calories and macros according to your goal and your current stats.It then allows you to create daily diet plans based on those calories and macros.

This is called power

How to eat to lose weight

When making a decision to switch to a new type of nutrition, it is necessary to take into account all its features in order for the result to be effective.

Improper nutrition is one of the reasons for excess weight. By just changing your diet, you can lose weight. To do this, it is necessary to reduce the daily calorie intake and replace harmful products with useful products, that is, saturated with fast carbohydrates.

Finding a new meal plan for yourself is not difficult. It is difficult to adhere to it, since you need to be more careful about the choice of products, counting calories, spend more time preparing different dishes so that the menu is varied and does not get bored. Because of this, motivation is often lost. Problems are also added by the change in the meal schedule – you need to eat in a new way, not skipping breakfasts, lunches, dinners. You need to count calories, spend more time cooking, make a menu for a week – it seems that it is very difficult to switch to proper nutrition.But this is not the case.

Power Principles

Before switching to a new diet, you need to understand the principles of nutrition. They are not complicated.

  • The number of calories consumed during the day must be equal to or less than the number of calories burned.
  • Add healthy foods to the diet, excluding harmful ones.
  • Eat varied.
  • Follow the meal schedule.
  • Drink water.

Power base

Proper nutrition is a careful attitude to food.

Useful products

Grow Food Super Fit line allows you to achieve results in the shortest possible time. Moreover, every day you will eat tasty and varied.

The body must receive vitamins and minerals in order to function normally. Therefore, it is important to eat foods that are highly digestible and non-addictive.

These are vegetables, fruits, fish, lean meat, nuts, oil, herbs – products containing carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants.They need to be included in the diet to the maximum. Limit the consumption of sugar, animal fats, salt. And completely get rid of such products as smoked meats, sausages, fatty sauces, confectionery.

They contain fast carbohydrates in combination with vegetable and animal fats (for example, mayonnaise), trans fats (sausages), salt and much more that the body does not need.

Losing weight using such products will not work. Salt retains water in the body, and fat will be deposited on the sides and abdomen, since it does not have time to be converted into energy.

If you cannot refuse harmful products, then there is an alternative solution. Try to fool your brain by replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones that look like “mustn’t,” but are made from natural ingredients.

The Balance line includes dishes with the optimal combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, while at the same time they are tasty and healthy.

Healthy foods are the basis for proper nutrition

Frequency of meals

Diet also affects weight loss.The recommended schedule is 4-5 times a day in small portions. If you eat a lot, then a little, then often, then rarely, you will force the body to accumulate fat, instead of burning it.

If you eat food in small portions throughout the day without long breaks, then the body does not need to make fat stores and it will process all the calories received into energy.

To save time, we recommend preparing meals for several days at once. Pack into containers and refrigerate.

Correct diet – eat in small portions and often

How much water to drink and how to do it correctly

Water helps to lose weight, as it starts metabolic processes and accelerates metabolism. Doctors have calculated that a person needs to drink 30 ml of water per kilogram of weight. On average, this is 1.5-2.5 liters per day, and if you replace coffee breaks with a glass of water, then the benefits will be even greater.

It is necessary to drink water during the day, and not immediately in one gulp. Most important rules:

  • drink in small sips, slowly;
  • in the morning on an empty stomach, drink a glass of water at least half an hour before breakfast;
  • half an hour before meals, drink half a glass-glass of water;
  • Do not drink during or immediately after meals.

Daily water intake – 30 ml per kilogram of weight

H2: How many calories to consume per day

Everything is individual here – it depends on the lifestyle, physical activity, concomitant diseases.

Grow Food experts will help you find the right food line for your needs

According to the average data, a man needs 2,400 kcal / day, a woman needs 2,000 kcal. But it is better to calculate your rate according to the formula adopted by nutritionists.

First, we calculate the basal metabolic rate.

Women: Men
Basal metabolic rate = 10 * weight (kg) + 6.25 * height (cm) – 5 * age – 161 Basic metabolism = 10 * weight (kg) + 6.25 * height (cm) – 5 * age +5

Now the result must be multiplied by a factor that suits your lifestyle.

Lifestyle Ratio
Sedentary 1.2
Low activity (physical activity 1-2 days a week) 1.375
Average activity (physical activity 3-5 days a week) 1.55
High activity (every day) 1.725
Very active (training twice a day, hiking, physical activity at work) 1.9

This will be your daily calorie intake.

Example : Natalia, manager, 35 years old, 67 kg, height 165 cm.Calculate how many calories she needs to consume per day:

basic exchange: 10 * 67 + 6.25 * 165 – 5 * 35 – 161 = 1365.25

She is an office worker, her lifestyle is sedentary, so her calorie consumption is

1365.25 * 1.2 = 1638.3

To maintain her weight, Natalia needs to consume no more than 1,638 calories per day. And in order to lose weight, the daily calorie intake should be reduced by 15-20%.

1638.3 – 20% = 1310.64 calories.

Use this formula to calculate your daily calories. Do not forget that in order to lose weight, the rate must be reduced by 15-20%.

The main problem faced by those losing weight is the development of a menu and counting calories. This takes a long time and, as a result, causes the person to switch back to normal food. For those who are not ready to count themselves, today there are ready-made solutions.

For example, the line of the diet for those who are losing weight is Fit.This is a varied menu for the week, with a total calorie content of 1200 kcal. For those looking to lower their calorie intake even further for better results, the Super Fit 1,000 kcal / day line is the right choice.

It is impossible to reduce the calorie intake abruptly – this is stress for the body. There is a safe limit for calories – 1,200 kcal for women and 1,800 kcal for men. We strongly do not recommend crossing it without consulting a dietitian.

Grow Food lines also take into account the fact that the transition to a new type of food can be stressful for the body.For example, the Fit weekly menu includes meals with the optimal calorie intake for weight loss. But at the same time, you get a correct and varied diet.

Let’s summarize. When losing weight, we recommend following a few basic simple rules:

  • Eliminate harmful foods from the diet.
  • Eat in small portions 4-5 times a day.
  • Drink water. In the morning on an empty stomach and half an hour before meals.
  • Calculate your daily calorie intake and gradually reduce it.
  • Choose a ready-made menu to suit your needs.

Super Fit – A varied and delicious ready-to-eat menu with just 1000 calories a day.

90,000 Calorie Calculator – Calculate Your Calories Online

The most accurate and best calorie calculator that helps you understand how many calories per day an individual body needs to lose, gain or maintain weight. The smart tool uses the Mifflin-St. Jora equation for BMR to calculate individual estimates of calorie intake.

Before we learn about calculating calories, let’s start with the term “calories”.

What are the calories?

A calorie is said to be a unit of energy. In nutritional terms, calories refer to the energy that people get from the food and drink they consume, and even the energy they use in physical activity. Remember that everyone needs a different amount of calories per day, depending on age, size, and activity level. Using the above daily calorie requirement calculator will help you calculate your body’s daily calorie requirement.

Well, calories in the nutritional information are mentioned in all food packaging. You can find several weight loss programs that reduce your calorie intake.

Calorie types:


  1. A small calorie (feces) is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 (g) gram of water by 1º Celsius (º C).
  2. Large calorie (kcal) – The amount of energy required to raise 1 (kg) kilogram of water by 1º C is considered to be also known as a kilocalorie.

Remember that 1 kcal equals 1000 calories. Both the terms “high calorie” and “low calorie” are often used interchangeably; this is misleading. However, the calorie content listed on food labels refers to calories. A 250 calorie bar of chocolate is actually packed with 250,000 calories.

Fast Calorie Facts:

  • Calories are energy needed for human health, and even the key is consuming it in the right amount.
  • Each person needs a different amount of energy per day, as it depends on gender, age, size and activity level
  • In the United States (USA), people consume more than 11% of their daily calorie intake from fast food
  • Foods high in energy but low in nutritional value will provide empty calories

Calorie Calculator:

The most significant and best online daily calorie calculator that helps you estimate the number of daily calories your body needs to lose, increase or maintain your weight.The high-precision calculator relies on the Mifflin-St. Jora equation, which has been shown to be an accurate way of quantifying calorie needs in several optimistic studies. Sometimes this tool refers to a calorie calculator base as it is a daily calorie value calculator according to BMR or (metabolic baseline) and activity levels.

The Mifflin-St. Jora equation used by our calculator is shown below:

For men:

BMR = (10 × weight in kg) + (6.25 × height in cm) – (5 × age in years) + 5

For women:

BMR = (10 × weight in kg) + (6.25 × height in cm) – (5 × age in years) – 161

Note.The Mifflin-St. Jora’s equation has proven to be more accurate than the revised Harris-Benedict equation in determining BMR or basal metabolic rate.

Well, keep reading!

How to use:

If you are curious to know how many calories per day your body needs with our daily calorie calculator, you just need to follow these steps:

  • First you must enter your age in the specified field
  • Then you have to select the gender from the dropdown menu
  • After you have entered both of the above values, you need to enter your height, it can be in feet / inches or in centimeters.
  • Soon you must enter your weight in the indicated field; it can be either in lbs or kg
  • Immediately after that, you need to select an activity level from the drop-down menu. He may be (sedentary, slightly active, moderately active, very active, extremely active)
  • After that, finally, you must press the “Calculate” button, and the calculator will tell you how many calories you should eat per day to maintain weight, moderate weight loss, weight loss, extreme weight loss or weight gain.

Calories & Health:

In fact, the human body needs calories to survive. Without a doubt, without energy, the cells of the human body will die, the lungs and heart will stop, and even the organs will not be able to carry out basic survival processes. People consume this energy from a variety of foods and drinks.

If people consumed only the necessary amount of calories per day, then, undoubtedly, they could lead a healthy lifestyle.Optimistic research suggests that calorie intake too high or too low will ultimately lead to health problems. Keep in mind, the number of calories in a food indicates how much potential energy they contain. However, not only the calories are important, but also the substance from which the calories are taken.

The calorific value of the three main food components is shown below:

1 g of carbohydrates contains 4 kcal
1 g of protein contains 4 kcal
1 g of fat contains 9 kcal

For example:

How a person gets calories from one cup of 243g large eggs, here is the breakdown:

Fat: 23.11 g

23.11 g x 9 kcal = 207.99 kcal

Protein: 30.52 g

30.52 x 4 kcal = 122.08 kcal

Carbohydrate: 1.75 g

1.75 x 4 kcal = 7 kcal

Well, 243 grams of raw egg, loaded with 347 kcal – 122 kcal from protein, carbs provide 7 kcal and 208 kcal comes from fat.

About daily requirements:

The US government states that:

The average man needs 2,700 kcal on average calories per day
On average, women need 2,200 kcal per day

There is no doubt that people have different metabolisms that burn energy at different rates; Some people are more active than others, so not everyone needs the same amount of calories per day.

Recommended calories per day depending on several factors such as:

  • General general health
  • Physical activity requirements
  • sex
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Body shape

ADP or Zigzag Calories Cycling:

Yes, people looking to lose weight often look for diets that deliver instant results with little discomfort or sacrifice.In the past decade, only a few dieters have followed alternative daytime fasting (ADP, also called a zig-zag calorie cycle), and this is a huge weight loss method for some people. Zig-zag cycling can help by preventing the body from adapting to a low-calorie environment.

A zig-zag person must have a combination of both high-calorie and low-calorie days to achieve the same total weekly calorie intake.

What is a zigzag diet?

This is a powerful feeding technique also called calorie cycling or refeeding; this includes changing the amount of calories a person consumes per day over the course of a week. According to the general approach, there are four days of change and the remaining three days are the same, few people prefer five days of change and two days are the same in order to get a clearer picture from this graph.

When you follow a zigzag diet, you will need to consume the same amount of calories that you normally do on 2-3 days a week.And then, in the remaining 4-5 days, you should consume more or less calories.

Why should you follow a zigzag diet?

The Zig-Zag Diet works as a great plateau-busting tool. In addition, it can be tailored to suit individual calorie needs. The individual calorie baseline will be what he / she is consuming when this plateau hits. A person can be an athlete who consumes 3,500 calories a day and is struggling to perform, or someone is trying to lose weight at 1,200 calories.

Remember that if you have 1200 calories and are still not losing weight, you are probably not eating enough, so avoid eating less than 1200 calories when cycling.

How many calories should I eat to lose weight and maintain weight?

Well, according to experts, the average man needs to consume 2000 calories to lose one pound of weight per week, and only 2500 calories to maintain weight. And the average woman needs 1,500 calories to lose one pound of weight per week, and only 2,000 (per day) calories are needed to maintain the weight.

People also ask:

How many calories do I need to gain weight?

A key factor in weight gain is that a person must eat more calories than they consume. If you want to gain weight slowly, you will need to consume an additional 300 to 500 calories per day. And, if you want to gain weight quickly, you should consume an additional 700 to 1000 calories per day.

Healthy Diet 1500 Calories?

The first thing to remember is that a 1500 calorie diet is a bad idea for athletes.Without a doubt, the individual body needs energy to calculate calories for best results, and the 1,500 calorie diet plan is too low for most of us. The best part is that there is no need to compromise on your health as you will be consuming low-calorie, high-nutrient foods that will help nourish your metabolism, maintain high energy levels, and even mobilize fat. But you can find a weight loss plan that recommends 1500-1800 calories per day for men and 1200-1500 calories per day for women to safely reduce excess weight.

What food is zero calories?

When it comes to zero calorie foods, this means that foods that are low in calories are nutritious and even require the body to burn more calories when processing them for energy. Now these products:

  • Salad: 5 calories per cup (35g)
  • Cucumbers: 8 calories per cup (50g)
  • Celery: 14 calories per cup (100g)
  • Zucchini: 21 calories per cup (124g)
  • Broccoli: 31 calories per cup (90g)
  • Tomatoes: 32 calories per cup (180 g)
  • Watermelon: 46 calories per cup (150g)
  • Carrots: 52 calories per cup (130 g)
  • Apples: 53 calories per cup (110g)
  • Grapefruit: 69 calories per cup (230 g)
  • Which drinks have zero calories?

The Coca-Cola Company offers some low and low calorie drinks:

Coke Zero Sugar, Diet Coke

  • DASANI, DASANI Flavors, DASANI Sparkling
  • Fanta Zero
  • Fresco
  • Golden peak unsweetened tea
  • Minute Maid Light
  • Pibb Zero

How much weight will I lose if I eat 1200 calories a day?

Well, the 1200 calorie diet plan is one of the most significant ways to lose 20 pounds in 90 days.You can find few people who follow a very low calorie diet for quick weight loss, and they often consume as little as 800 calories per day. Typically, a low-calorie diet includes specialty foods such as shakes, soups, or bars for meal replacements and vitamin supplements. Optimistic research shows that if a person eats a very low calorie diet, they can achieve weight loss of up to 3-5 pounds per week.

Are 1200 calories per day sufficient?

As a general rule, people need at least 1200 calories a day to stay healthy.People who are physically vigorous or perform various activities on a daily basis should consume more calories. Keep in mind that if you lower your daily calorie intake below 1200 calories, it means that you are harming your body along with your weight loss plans.

Can you lose weight by eating 1000 calories a day?

The 1000 Calorie Diet works best for women who are small and don’t work often.So, the rationale behind this diet is that drastically reducing calorie intake every day results in weight loss with little or no physical activity. The 1000 calorie plan generates an energy deficit of 500-1000 calories and even helps you burn approximately 8% of fat. Simply put, 1000 calories of food per day can help you lose weight quickly in a short amount of time.

Warning: You should consult with your healthcare professional to find out if this diet is right for your body.

How can I lose a pound per day?

If you want to lose a pound a day, you need to burn 3500 calories, since 3500 calories equals approximately 1 pound (0.45 kg) of fat.However, if you cut about 500-1000 calories per day from your regular diet, then you are losing about 1-2 pounds per week. Remember to burn 1000 calories; You should do a maximum intensity interval of more than an hour.

Is the 1200 calorie deficit too much?

As a rough estimate:

  • A woman should consume between 1,200 and 1,400 calories daily.
  • A person should consume between 1400 and 1800 calories per day

If you want to lose 0.5-1 kg of fat per week, you will have to create a calorie deficit of 200-300 calories per day.

Can You Burn Calories With Drinking Water?

Water plays a key role in promoting weight loss as it is the primary catalyst for fat and calorie burning. Research shows that drinking water helps increase thermogenesis, which helps burn calories. Drinking water should be supplemented with exercise and a low-calorie diet.

Women need to drink 2200 ml and men 3000 ml of water a day if they are not working.But, if you exercise regularly for a maximum of 60 minutes, then the amount of water consumed should be higher. Experts recommend drinking 900 ml of water or drinking 150-300 ml of water every 15-20 minutes during your workout.

In addition to drinking water, you can also consume mineral-rich hydrating foods throughout the day; these products:

  • celery
  • watermelon
  • cucumber
  • kiwi
  • Bell pepper
  • Citrus
  • carrots
  • pineapple
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • radish
  • Which fruits burn calories?

Fruits are generally low in calories and high in fiber, which can help you shed those extra pounds:

  • grapefruit
  • apples
  • Berries
  • Stone Fruit
  • Passion fruit
  • rhubarb
  • kiwi
  • melon
  • oranges
  • bananas
  • avocado

What is a 1200 Calorie Diet?

The basic logic behind the 1200 calorie diet plan is to limit your calorie intake to only 1200 calories.You can find numerous foods that are listed in a typical 1200 calorie diet such as whole grains, healthy fats, legumes, fruits, lean proteins and vegetables to guide your diet.In addition, you can use the above calorie calculator to get around 1200 calories. …


Calories seem to be associated only with weight gain and obesity, but remember that they are vital to overall health. They only pose a health hazard when you consume more than the recommended calorie intake.

When it comes to calories, it’s not only about your diet, but also your level of physical activity. Keep in mind; The results you will get from this calorie calculator diary are only approximate, so you should consult with your health expert or nutritionist before moving on to a calorie plan.

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