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You Only Eat 1200 Calories And Not Losing Weight?

May 29th 2019

Are you doing something wrong? Can’t you lose weight if you eat less and exercise more? For many people, losing weight is one of the hardest things to do. It is uncomfortable. You are hungry. It is just a soul-sucking experience. For me, I never had an issue losing weight or gaining weight. I have always enjoyed the process of lifting weights and my weight gain or loss is just a by-product of my eating habits. So, I would like to share with you how you can begin to lose weight and what you should do about your caloric intake.

Eating 1200 calories and not losing weight

If you only eat 1200 calories and you are not losing weight, you are either not in a caloric deficit (if you are a smaller person) or you are starving yourself (if you are a bigger person). If you are trying to lose weight, eating a high protein, low carb diet or fasting are two sure-solutions in order to shed weight off permanently.

You are not on a true caloric deficit

If you are a smaller person, your margin for error gets incredibly small. When I was researching this issue for smaller lifters and people in general, I was not surprised that they needed to eat fewer calories than taller and bigger individuals. But to see how technical and analytical it could get was actually mind-blowing. There are some people trying to lose weight by measuring down to the precise gram of every single food.

Personally, I have never weighed any of my foods. However, I do think it is an experience that people who struggle with losing weight need to learn. Because you have an unhealthy relationship with food (that is why you are trying to lose weight), you need to understand exactly how much you are eating and what you should eat. This is not a bad thing. This is not a good thing. But it should be used as a learning experience to give you some perspective of what you were doing wrong in the past and how you can adapt.

You are starving yourself

On the opposite side of the spectrum, you have bigger people trying to eat 1200 calories and cannot lose weight. I am 5’7” and weigh about 166lbs. If I purposely eat fewer than 1200 calories, I would be starving myself.

So, if you are heavier and taller than me, you need to be eating way more. You can lose weight by eating more calories. There is no reason why you need to restrict caloric intake down to such an unhealthy level.

Your macronutrients are off

If you are eating a majority of carbs, low fat and low protein, I hate to break the bad news to you but you are not optimally eating so that your body can properly burn fat. Everything you were brainwashed into learning in schools was a lie and I am here to shed some light on what you should do if you want to lose weight more easily.

First, they talk about the food pyramid and how you should limit your meats and fats. You should be eating more veggies and carbohydrates. But let me ask you this, do you ever wonder why vegans or vegetarians often look even more unhealthy after a year of their no meat diet. Have you ever wondered why almost all of the people trying to tell you how to eat are either fat, unhealthy or both? I am not a nutritionist or a food scientist but I am someone who has common sense. And by looking at these individuals who are trying to make a “positive” change in my life, they are not giving me the information I want.

Here is what you need to do. Are you ready?

You need to eat a high protein diet with a moderate amount of fats and low carbs. This is similar to the partial carnivore diet I have implemented in the last three weeks. I have already lost 4 lbs from 170lbs to 166lbs and I would like to share my experience and observations of making this simple lifestyle change of swapping my carbohydrates with protein for breakfast and lunch.

The reasoning behind this is straightforward. With very little or no carbs in your diet, your body will be forced to burn fat as an energy source. Under normal circumstances, your body does not want to do this because it takes a lot more energy and time in order to turn fat into energy. Carbohydrates are an immediate supply of energy that your body can use. But if there is no energy source available, your body will be forced to use fats. And this is ultimately our goal, right? We want to lose fat and decrease our bodyweight.

So, I invite you to change your mindset and make simple adjustments in your macronutrient division. Observe what you are eating and make a conscious effort to decide what would be best for you, whether that is increasing your protein intake, lowering your carb intake or both.

You can also lose weight by fasting

Since the dawn of time, fasting has always been incorporated into our societies. Lost in the passages of modernization, there are so few cultures that still practice this ancient art. However, I am here to let you know that you can fast to lose weight. And there are many different types of fasting you can do.

One of the most common types of fasting is intermittent fasting, where people go through some period of time without eating. For instance, someone can eat lunch at 12PM and eat dinner at 8PM and do not eat anything until 12PM the next day. This would be an example of intermittent fasting where people do a 8 hour and 16 hour fast. As expected, fasting typically involves you controlling how much you are eating and when you are eating. For this common fasting protocol, you are “skipping” one meal.

For other people, they may want to do an extended fast only eating one meal a day. This is essentially a 24 hour fast. Whether it is lunch or dinner, you only eat one meal a day.

For my non-Muslim readers, Ramadan is when Muslims perform a strict fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset. There is something gained more than just weight loss during a fasting period and the Muslim culture is well-aware of the powers of fasting. There is a spiritual element to fasting that breaks people down and humbles them. It allows them to not be so reliant on the material goods on this planet and to seek support with the divine.

The key point about performing a fast is that you are not supposed to “make up” for any lost meals. You are simply just eating enough and going about your day.

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