Several plans, including cleanses, ask followers to stick to really strict calorie allowances. But an insufficient amount of calories can leave you substantially drained and may potentially sap your drive, and determination. Not enough calories can trigger your body into thinking its starving, causing it to go into starvation mode, maintaining and holding onto the calories you do take in.
Some dieters have found success with the 500 Rule. Slashing 500 calories a day leads to a loss of 1 pound per week (1 pound equals 3,500 calories). But for some people, specifically those who are very active, slashing 500 calories can be too much, causing depletion in their energy levels.
The ballpark figure doesn’t factor in gender, activity level, or muscle mass, all of which affect how many calories your body needs each day. According to most health practitioners, a safe and attainable goal is 1 to 2 pounds per week. When you lose at this slower pace you’re more likely to keep the weight off.
As always before taking on a new weight loss regimen, you should consult your physician first.
Dwight Obey, Independent AdvoCare Distributor