Is eating 1200 calories per day the way to lose weight and do carbs really matter?
- Carbs matter in that if you eat too many, especially too many
high GI carbs, you will become hyperinsulinaemic and put on weight.
1200 calories per day is very low and unnecessary unless you want
to starve yourself at the same time. As long as you keep the
glycaemic load of your diet low enough, then you should begin to
lose any excess weight. If not then try cutting back carbs even
further, or reducing daily intake by approx 250 calories.
- There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. Good
carbohydrates are unprocessed and in their natural state such as in
vegetables and fruit. Bad carbs are things made with enriched
flour, white bread, most pastas and most snack foods. Sugars and
corn syrup are bad carbs too. Your body cannot break these carbs
down as easy and use them for energy. Watch sodium as well. It
takes a little bit to get use to not seasoning everything with
salt, but too much sodium will not allow you to lose weight.
- At 1200 calories and lower per day your body starts to lose
muscle and store any calories it can since your body believes it is
starving. Focus on lean proteins (chicken, turkey, fish, lean red
meat now and then), good carbs for energy, a little fruit for
glucose, and a good amount of vegetables spread out throughout the
day (1500-2000 calories). You will lose weight eating 2000 calories
a day with the right food.
ADDITION BY REEMAMALIK: NO... Fruit does not contain a lot of
glucose but fructose... and sucrose... glucose comes mainly from
wheats like rice and grains... so you do need to eat rice and
grains... the Chinese people are the slimmest yet they survive on
rice...so no...rice is not bad at all... the sugar in tropical
fruits is just as bad as refined sugar so limit intake of any
fruits that you don't eat with the skin... such as melons, mangos,
bananas, etc... apples and any other fruits you consume with the
skin usually contain glucose which is definitely better than
fructose containing tropical fruits... so cherries, grapes and
apples are the best fruits to eat if you crave something