Okay, so you’ve recently gained some weight, and you want to shed the extra pounds quickly. You’ve looked into a lot of different diets, and you’ve made the decision. You’re going to try to follow a low-calorie diet. It sounds like a good idea but how sure are you? Before you take the plunge, make sure you know what you’re getting into.
What Is a Low-Calorie Diet?
A low-calorie diet is where you try to eat between 800-1500 calories a day—instead of the typical 2,000 calories. The TV show Biggest Loser follows the low-calorie diet, although they’re eating a VERY low-calorie diet, which is less than 800 calories and is a complete food replacement. For the average person looking to lose weight, you don’t want to eat fewer than 800 calories a day and most diet programs recommend between 1,000-1,200 calories a day. Before you start, make sure you see your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to eat fewer calories and to follow their recommended calorie-reduced diet.
Does the Low-Calorie Diet Work?
There’s a lot of debate about the low-calorie diet. Several studies have concluded that people actually eat fewer calories than expected and a low-calorie diet is worthless. A French survey found that women consume about 1,600 calories a day and men about 2,200 calories a day. When the study participants decreased their calorie intake by 6%, researchers found that both the men and women actually increased their weight by 30% over the study period.
The truth is, counting calories is not enough. Your body needs calories for energy and so cutting out calories can just end up slowing down your metabolism, which means you can end up gaining weight. A low-calorie diet has to be combined with healthy nutrition. Your body still needs protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, and all of the other good things that keep us going. If you cut calories and only eat nutritionally light food, you’re not going to get good results.
How to Follow a Healthy Low-Calorie Diet
If you’re still determined to lose weight by eating fewer calories, make sure you do it the right way. Our Eating Plan on Your Tea is a holistic and delicious diet that can be low calorie but also makes sure that you’re taking care of your digestive system. The key to making our Eating Plan low-calorie is portion control. When eating salmon, only eat a fist-full. If eating rice for your carbohydrate, make sure you don’t eat more than a cup. And if you’re looking for more variety, check out the 7-day, 1,200-calorie diet on Good Housekeeping. Other tips for keeping to your new diet include:
- Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time to avoid overeating or grabbing unhealthy food.
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. The slower you eat, the more quickly you’ll feel full.
- Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to help you feel full and lose weight more quickly.