I have my own journey in food and eating. It has been a long and often difficult journey from restriction to freedom. I know MANY people could tell the same story and are probably still living the story.
The standard restrictive method of dieting is prevalent in our society.
The “1200 Calorie Diet”
It is EVERYWHERE!
I really don’t know who came up with the idea that 1200 calories was the standard number of calories for losing weight. But, someone did and now you will read about it in magazines, see it on the TV, and hear people talking about it.
I was just as guilty of this early on in my weight loss/health journey. I made a point to eat only 1200 calories a day for months on end. It WORKED! I did indeed lose weight but eventually it stalled.
I have learned a lot about the human body since then.
I had an “AH HA!” moment awhile back.
Check this out:
Let’s say I go into a coma and I’m in the hospital depending on the staff to care for my every need. The staff would need to feed me through a tube and they would use a formula based on my sex, age, height, and weight to figure out how many calories I would need to sustain life. This is called your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). This is how many calories per day your body needs to continue breathing, heart beating, kidneys filtering, stomach digesting, brain functioning, etc. You get the idea. I would not be moving at all outside of assisted turning and such.
Well, I did some calculations and found that my BMR is right around 1450 calories.
1450 calories MINIMUM to sustain a healthy life!!!
(Note: You can calculate your BMR using the calculator HERE. Enter in your information and calculate. The first number is your BMR or what you would need if in a coma. The second number is your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure). That takes into your estimated activity levels each day and how many calories you need to sustain that level.)
But, I’m not in a coma. I am moving around. I am a MOM. I am on my feet all day. I bend. I lift. I chase. I talk. I think. I eat. I exercise. All these things require calories to function. That goes on TOP of my BMR (1450 calories per day).
Are you following me?
So, WHY the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks, would I ever eat 1200 calories?
Once I had this realization and started to EAT MORE FOOD many great things began to happen.
- I was more satisfied throughout the day.
- I’m not always gunning for the next meal. I’m steady.
- I have far less cravings.
- I do not binge.
- I am more in tune with my body and what it needs or does not want.
- I eat less junk.
- I have more energy.
- I sleep better at night.
- My body is CHANGING! It is a wonder (okay, not really) that I am actually achieving the body I’ve always wanted by giving it the fuel it NEEDS!
- I LOVE MY BODY!!!
Now, I could eat 1200 calories a day and still live. I’ve done it and I’m still alive today. The body is amazing at its ability to do what it needs to do to sustain life. It will shut down less critical functions so that its energy can go to maintaining life.
What does that mean?
It means that you live at a less than optimal level. You aren’t truly healthy and you aren’t happy. Your body just doesn’t have the resources to maintain those aspects of living. You are alive but not really.
So, I now eat well above 1200 calories a day.
I eat well above my BMR (1450 calories/ day) every day.
I eat what most people would shudder at the thought of eating.
I EAT MORE FOOD!
I am HAPPY!
I am HEALTHY!
I am FUELED!
And my body is doing what I am asking it to do!
For the LOVE of Your BODY….
EAT MORE FOOD!!
I’m always here!