Weight loss gurus and popular diet plans have long touted calorie restriction as one of the most effective ways to lose weight. Since calories are counted as an individual unit of the amount of energy that a certain food item passes into your body, many diet plans have been based upon us eating a limited amount of calories per day.
These restricted calorie diets actually do work, at least to a certain extent because you take in less energy than your body uses. The difference between the what is consumed, and what is burned equals the amount of calories you burn in that day. The net calorie loss means your body is using its fat reserves as energy, which ultimately leads to losing some weight.
Because calorie restriction has been proven as an effective method of weight loss, many people are trying to figure out the ultimate diet plan and this best number of calories that one should eat to lose weight. Some people arrive at the idea of eating an restricted diet of about 1000 calories as being the quickest and best way for them to lose weight.
But Is An Extreme Diet That Limits Calories Really a Good Idea?
Is it possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and get all the nutrition you need for proper bodily functions on only 1000 cal per day? In this post were going to look at this so-called “diet” in more detail, and hopefully answer these questions for you.
The simple fact is, your body needs a specific amount of energy in the form of calories for its vital functions.
These functions includes regulating body temperature, keeping your heart beating, keep your lungs going, keeping your blood flowing, keeping your digestive system working, and all the other essential functions that your body performs a day-to-day basis. So when restrict our calories that we consume, the body is forced to turn to it it’s fat reserves.
However one side effect of extreme calorie restriction as in the case of a 1000 calorie diet, is that your metabolism will actually slow down.
The slowing of the metabolism occurs because to your body thinks you might be facing starvation or a famine type situation, so any calories it does receive are going to be stored away as opposed to burnt off. When this happens you may actually end up gaining weight, or not losing any weight at all. The likelihood of this happening when you’re consuming only 1000 calories per day is extremely high, unless you are very small person that leads relatively sedentary lifestyle.
Most other people tend to burn between 2000 calories or more per day, which is why many organizations and institutions recommend that you eat at least 2500 calories per day.
The question then is, should you really try to do a 1000 calorie diet?
As a nutritionist and weight loss specialist I can only recommend against you trying to do this diet. You’re only going to deny yourself the essential nutrition that you need, and this can lead to many health problems and other complications. Also eating just 1000 calories per day is going to leave you extremely hungry, and it would be highly unlikely that you will be able to maintain this diet for more than a day or two.
So what should you do instead? It’s simple, you should definitely track the amount of calories yo are eating, but nothing helps you lose weight more than becoming a more active person. When I say that I don’t mean that you need to get a gym membership and work out for three hours per day. However, there are small things that you can do in your life that will help you burn more calories throughout the day which would be far more effective in helping you lose weight the restricting your diet.
For instance take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. When you get home in the evening take a short walk before dinner. Also consider taking short walks throughout the day, like on your lunch break. Doing these simple things will help you drop a few pounds, and in combination with a healthy diet you’ll be well on your way to great weight loss without a super calorie restricted diet.