A conventional low calorie approach calls for extremely low calorie intakes: around 1200 calories for women and around 1800 calories for men.
In the short term, when you drastically restrict you calories using this approach, you will lose some weight.
If you do not care where this weight comes from, or how long it will stay off, then using this approach might be what you are looking for.
But, if you are like most people and you want to create permanent fat loss, instead of simply losing scale weight, my recommendation would be to completely avoid low calorie dieting!
WHAT ARE THE STATISTICS?
Currently there are over 100 million overweight people in the United States, and over 1.7 billion worldwide.
Over 95% of the people that lose weight using low calorie strategies can’t keep it off!
The 5% that succeed at permanently losing weight using the low calorie method, at some point in their program simply adjust their nutrition approach!
If they would keep using it, they would have the same result as the 95% that eventually fail at reaching their ideal weight.
Even though there are many diet programs and weight loss products available these days, obesity continues to rise every year. In fact, in the United States alone, over 20% of the adults are clinically obese.
THE LOW CALORIE APPROACH WORKS IN THE SHORT TERM:
Trying to starve off unwanted body fat using a low calorie intake will never work in the long term.
The reason for this is very simple. Our organisms have a very effective series of mechanisms to protect us from starvation.
When you drastically lower your daily calorie intake, the body senses this food shortage, and it triggers these defense mechanisms.
This starvation response, is the major reason why a low calorie diet will never work in the long run!
There are many advanced nutrition techniques that you can use, where a low calorie intake is used temporarily to create permanent fat loss, but most people simply do not know how to effectively use these strategies.
My only recommendation with conventional low calorie approaches is to stay away from them completely.
The advanced calorie manipulation techniques, is not something that I would recommend either, especially if your long term goal is permanent and long term fat loss.
It can be used once you reach the advanced level for hitting the really low body fat percentages. But in the beginning of your weight loss programthese approaches will do more harm than good.
Mastering the basics and fundamentals of proper nutrition should always be your first step. These include:
1) consuming the optimum daily calorie intake for your goal
2) using the right nutrient ratios for your body type
3) using an effective meal frequency/timing approach
4) eating natural unprocessed carbs, protein and dietary fat
5) drinking plenty of water on a daily basis
In addition to these steps you should also use cardio training on a regular basis to burn unwanted body fat. Doing cardiovascular exercise is the most effective way to reach your ideal weight. This is the real secret to permanent weight loss.
And use weight training to maintain your current lean body mass. This will help to keep your metabolism elevated during your entire weight loss program, and will help your body to keep burning more and more calories on a daily basis.
By avoiding low calorie diets, and using the effective fat burning strategies that you will find in my site, creating a lean, healthy body and reaching your ideal weight will soon become a reality!
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