Dieting for weight loss
So you’ve decided to drop a few pounds. Perhaps it’s because your doctor’s suggested it, or perhaps it’s because swimsuit season is just around the corner. There’s no shortage of diets out there, but you might want to consider a simpler path. You can try packing your diet with nutrition-rich foods and lowering the number of calories you consume.
A good place to start is a low-calorie diet plan that provides about 500 calories less than you need in a day, which may help you lose about a 1/2 pound to 1 pound per week. For some, this would be a 1,200-calorie diet plan. As always, you should check with your doctor first. This plan involves consuming no more than 1,200 calories per day. Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D., L.D., from Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center says, “1,200-calorie diets are great for the right person, especially women over 50 who are generally sedentary, since that’s not too far below what they would normally eat to maintain weight.”
What’s so great about a 1,200-calorie plan?
In short, this diet works. Eat fewer calories than you burn and your body can resort to burning your fat stores. You lose weight as a result. Weinandy encourages some caution, however. “It is not recommended that a person go under 1,200 calories a day, since it is very hard to get enough nutrients like calcium, protein, and magnesium on a calorie level less than 1,200.” Add some strength training and get the right amount of protein in your diet so you don’t lose lean mass as well as fat, which can lower your metabolism and make regaining weight more likely.
Suggested 1,200-calorie menu