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Too Few Calories While Dieting Equals a Slower Rate of Weight Loss

Many individuals trying to lose weight often make the mistake of incorporating too few calories into their daily diet. Because calories govern the weight of an individual, it would seem logical that the fewer calories consumed, the more weight an individual would lose.

Unfortunately, what generally follows is slow weight loss, and a feeling of ill-health as the body struggles to meet the daily requirements of vital minerals and vitamins by turning down the speed of the metabolism.

Because the body is struggling on a daily basis, the dieter more often than not decides to quit their diet plan, and more often than not, a binge generally follows.

1200 Calorie Diet Plan for Weight Loss

For many individuals, a 1200 calorie diet is deficient in caloric values to meet the body's daily nutrient needs and should not be undertaken without serious thought, and in most events - without the recommendation and supervision of a qualified health care professional.

There are circumstances when a 1200 calorie diet may be prescribed.

An example: individuals requiring surgery whose weight factor into the success of the surgery.

On the other Diet Hand, for the smaller adult, a 1200 calorie diet may fit the bill where weight loss is concerned because it is close to the recommended caloric intake - based on recommended weight.

In this event, it is vital that the dieter base their weight loss plan on the USDA Food Group Recommendations to ensure that daily nutrients are met.

Example of 1,200 Calorie Diet
USDA Food Group Recommendations  

Fruits = 1 cup
Vegetables = 1.5 cups
Grains = 4 ounces
Meat & Beans = 3 ounces
Milk = 2 cups
Oils = 4 teaspoons

Discretional Calories: Allow 171 kcals. These are foods that may or may not fall into the official food groups. Example: Candy, cookies, cake, other desserts. These are not extra calories; they are included in the 1,200 total.

For example, Dieter Penny is 5'0" in height and has a small bone structure. She is a very inactive individual and her recommended daily calorie intake is about 1,424 calories. Penny needs to drop about 30 pounds. There are several ways in which Penny could lose those extra pounds.

1. Penny could incorporate an activity plan into her daily schedule. An 'active' Penny would require about 1,643 calories and a 'very active' Penny would require about 1,862 calories.

Therefore, depending upon Penny's current daily calorie intake, she could drop all those unwanted pounds without going on a calorie restricted diet plan.

2. Penny could embrace a daily diet consisting of 1,424 calories which will trigger natural weight loss.

Penny is apt to have more success using this method of weight loss as it trains her mind and body to follow this course going forward for permanent weight loss.

If Penny adds a daily activity or exercise plan to her weight loss agenda, she can enjoy more calories. Yeah!

3. Penny could also opt for a 1,200 calorie daily diet - which isn't that far below her recommended daily caloric intake for her recommended weight - based on her activity level. Once the extra pounds are lost, she could adjust her daily diet to include her recommended calories to sustain her recommended weight.

4. If Penny opts for the 1,200 calorie diet, and combines her daily diet with activity, the results could be impressive. The key is ensuring that the daily diet contains the foods/nutrients necessary for Penny's good health.

However, while a 1,200 daily diet might fit the bill for Penny, it won't for the majority of dieters based on their daily nutrient needs.

Free 1200 Calorie Diet Meal Planners for Weight Loss

More information on 1200 Calorie Diets for weight loss can be found here at Diet Bites, including our free 1200 Calorie Diet Meal Planner based on the official food pyramid recommendations.  

Always get your doctor's approval before starting any diet plan. Your doctor can rule out hidden conditions - such as a thyroid imbalance or diabetes which may be contributing or causing weight gain.

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