Question: I know that everybody is different, but is it true for people who want to lose or maintain weight to NEVER consume less than 1200 calories a day?
Answer: In general, it not recommended to consume less than 1200 calories a day. When you eat less than 1200 calories a day, you are most likely not getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs and, over time, this may lead to various vitamin and mineral deficiencies. In addition, your body may not be getting the right amount of energy that it needs which may lead you to experience low energy levels.
Furthermore, if your body is not receiving the right amount of energy, it could go into a starvation mode called ketosis. Your body normally uses carbohydrates for fuel for your brain and organs, including your heart. If you are not consuming enough carbohydrates, your body turns to protein and fat for energy because your body’s first priority is to find a fuel source. If your body starts using protein for fuel, it may not leave enough protein to help repair or maintain your muscles and organs. Over the long term, you could experience health problems such as kidney failure, gout, or kidney stones.
To determine a calorie level that is best for you, meet with a dietitian in your area or visit www.mypyramid.gov.
Thu, February 4, 2010
by Janine Faber