Originally Posted by legend_018
I always thought anything less than 1000 wasn't good for you.
No, anything less than 1500 calories a day is not good for you. Intake of less than 1500 calories a day will cause your body to shift into starvation mode, which will not only slow down you metabolism, but will also start consuming muscle tissue for fuel in an attempt to conserve body fat, which your body was prehistorically programmed to think is more important than muscle.
There are numerous sources for low calorie meals, depending on your preference for low fat, low carb, or something in between.
If you normally consume a large amount of carbohydrates, which most Americans do, I suggest the South Beach Diet and Recipe books. South Beach isn't quite as drastic as the Atkins program, but still eliminates most carbs from your diet FOR TWO WEEKS
, then teaches you the difference between good carbs (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and bad carbs (processed grains, sugars) as it slowly increases your carb intake to bring you up to a balanced diet.
If low fat is what you are after, well, most of the old standbys like NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, or Weight Watchers programs might work for you. They are all low fat based, although Nutrisystem boasts about "knowing all about" the glycemic index, which is pretty much useless for losing weight, unless you typically eat only one food item per meal.
If you want something balanced as far as protein, fat and carbs are concerned, then I highly recommend either the Body for Life
program, which promotes balanced nutrition and exercise, or the ZonePerfect
program, which promotes a diet of 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fat.
If it's recipes you want, I strongly recommend the recipes in Cooking Light magazine because first and foremeost, each meal, when taken as a whole, is pretty much balanced to the Zone Perfect requirements and second, because I have never had one of their recipes fail on me, and I have been a subscriber for over 5 years.
Which program is best? Frankly, the best program is the one you will stick with, both during your weight loss, and for the rest of your life, but, and that's a BIG but (pun intended), exercise must, I repeat MUST
, be part of your weight loss program along with your change in eating habits if you want to lose weight and keep it off. You need to build muscle as well as shed fatbecause every pound of muscle you build will consume 60 calories a day, 24/7, just because it is muscle, and it will use mostly fat as fuel.
Well, I could go on and on, but if I do, I will have to send you a bill.