Some might think 1200 calories a day is too high of a number to lose weight, there is also a group out there that think 900 calories a day is the right number. Well, both calorie numbers have their place, but today we are talking about 1200 calories a day.
A 1200 calorie a day diet will give you enough energy to go about your day without feeling like you are hungry or tired. That calorie count will also give you a larger variety of foods to choose from then a 900 calorie count will. Getting enough fiber filled foods helps you feel full.
When deciding to diet its important to know if you're going to be exercising as well as cutting back on your food intake. The calorie count has to be reasonable enough to support your body performing its normal functions. Exercising will become one of them.
When you cut back on too many calories you make your body believe its starving and then your metabolism slows down to a crawl, it doesn't burn calories consistently.
It becomes very important to eat from multi food groups balancing nutrients that support your systems. Not eating the right combination of foods can work against your weight loss. You don't want to be swimming against the tide do you? You want your metabolism to stay high and strong. This way you will burn the maximum amount of calories a day, losing the maximum amount of weight per week.
Everyone loses weight at a different rate so you cannot guess how much you will lose, the best thing is to have a good steady goal of 1 – 2 pounds lost per week.
The longer you keep the weight off the more comfortable your body is with being your new weight which helps reset your metabolism.
Some of my favorite lower calorie satisfying foods in the summer are: watermelon, strawberries, pineapples, yogurt parfaits(made at home),bell peppers or cucumbers dipped in hummus.
Sample Meal Menu:
- Poached Egg and Asparagus
- 1/2 medium grapefruit
- 1/2 whole wheat taosted english muffin
- 3/4 cup cubed pineapple and one string cheese
- Lemon chicken with steamed snap peas
Marinate a 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast in lemon juice and olive oil and bake at 375 degrees until cooked through. Serve with 1 cup steamed snap peas.
I hope this will help motivate you, and show you that you can lose weight with a little planning.
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