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Is 1000 calories/day enough??

I have a group member who was wondering if her 1000cal/day diet is adequate. She exercises also and has been at a plateau with her weight loss. Does she need more calories to boost her metabolism?

Fri. May 25, 10:51am

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Unless she has a medical problem...

Friday, May 25, 2007, 11:01 AM

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P.S. My response above was to the question "Does she need more calories to boost her metabolism?", not the subject line question.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 12:03 PM

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If she has plateaued she especially probably needs to take in more calories. 1000 calories is not enough to sustain your body's general functions everyday for an adult. Even for strict diets, doctor's don't recommend dropping below 1200 calories and for most of us, that would still be too few. If she has been limiting her calorie intake for a while already, her body is probably in "starvation mode"-hence the plateau. In order to get out of that, she needs to feed her body enough for it to know the "famine" is over. She should add at least 500 calories to what she has been eating each day for a few weeks. It sounds scary to do when you are losing weight, but I've done it and it's gotten me back on track and back to losing a couple of times.

In addition to eating more food, if she has been doing the same exercise routine for a while, switching it up will help. If she bikes, have her walk. If she uses the elliptical, switch to stairmaster, or go swimming etc. And make sure she's doing some resistance training to increase muscle and strength, which will incinerate calories!

Friday, May 25, 2007, 12:58 PM

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To avoid going into "conservation mode" it's best to eat at least 10x your final desired lb weight in calories, but for a woman at least 1200 cal per day. Men at least 1500/day.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 2:14 PM

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Just remember that not all calories are created equal. get them from good for you foods, not Little Debbies and white freshly baked bread...but then she probably already knows that...

Friday, May 25, 2007, 2:27 PM

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