Can you live on 300 calories a day? YES.
Will you lose weight? YES.
Will you be in good health? NO.
You have to realize that how much you eat sends important signals to your body. If you eat 300 calories, the message to your body is that something is not right and that it will need to survive on very little energy. The result?
(1) The body starts conserving energy
You get tired and sleep a lot. Think of it as operating on low-battery mode - all the time.
(2) The body starts looking at ways to save on energy by shutting down non-critical processes.
What is non-criticial? Anything that you don’t need to stay alive. So your body will make sure your heart, lungs and brain stay functional. But beyond that, everything is compromised. A big example of what goes wrong is hormone production. When your body is in starvation mode - it doesn’t care about your reproductive system! So things like hormone production will have to wait till food becomes available again. This is not a good thing.
(3) Your body does not know what a calorie is.
It needs vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats and protein. If you do not give it enough of all of these things, your body will cope…for a while. And then things start to break. For example - your immune system is compromised and you fall sick often. Over a long period, even your bone density can reduce. Again, not good things.
(4) Starving yourself is unwise.
I know it is very very tempting to want to lose weight quickly. But I have seen too many cases of people suffering as a result. Sometimes, the damage done from extreme diets can last for a long time. This is completely avoidable.
Please care for your body and it will care for you. Give it what it needs and get the help of a qualified coach to help you lose weight in a sensible way. If you follow a scientific plan, losing weight is not hard. But it does take a little more time that you might like. Remember - we don’t put on weight quickly, it happens over years. So we really cannot expect it to go away quickly either. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to make a quick buck. Run as far away from them as you can.
To give you an idea, it is possible to lose about 500–750 grams of fat (not just weight) each week with a scientific plan. This means about 2–3kgs a month and 6–9kgs in 3m. That is a lot and very doable. And most importantly, if you do it right - you’ll feel better each week, not worse.
Don’t just take my word for it. Do your research, be curious and ask questions. Good things will follow 😊
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