Calories in - Calories out. The key to losing weight is to burn more calories that you eat.
But not too few calories...because then your body will go into "Starvation Mode".
That's what we have always been told. But does it really make sense?
Have you ever seen a starving obese person?
Do gastric bypass patients (eating 200-400 calories per day) suddenly stop losing weight?
I am doing a little research into "starvation mode" and trying to find out if it's real.
What I have found is that you really are not in danger of going into starvation mode unless you are 5% or less body fat.
Clearly, I'm not under 5% body fat.
Why am I doing this? Well, because I don't want to eat 2700 calories a day and lose 2 pounds per week. Do you realize that if I lost 2 pounds per week, it would take me SIX YEARS to lose the weight I want to lose?
That's insane, and frankly, I just don't have that kind of time.
So, I've done the research, now I'm going to do a trial.
For the next month, I'm going to eat between 1000 and 1200 calories a day. And I'm going to let you know what I'm eating.
So far today I have had:
Coffee with 1 tbsp creamer and sugar: 80 calories
Cheese Stick: 80 calories
Large Banana: 110 calories
2 tbsp M&Ms: 105
Medium Apple: 80
For the rest of the day my plan is:
Wheat and Cheddar Crackers: 190
1 cup grapes: 62
Cheese Stick: 80
Chobani Champions: 100
Herbalife Shake: 172
That will be 1059 calories total.
So far, I feel great!
I very seriously doubt that my body will come to a screeching halt of weight lose.
Just a note for you worriers out there:
I am taking multi-vitamins, and if I start to feel sick, or ill in any way - I will stop my experiment.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or expert of any kind. I am not recommending that any one follow this diet.