During 2010 to mid 2011, I wasn’t exercising a lot, only about 30-45 minutes of moderate cardio and/or weight machines 5 days a week. So eating more or less 1200 calories a day was doable, not that enjoyable, yet effective. Weight loss occurred quite consistently, like .5-1 lb each week. From my own experience, dieting is easier on the body and mind if you exercise a little bit, ya know for stress relief, fun, and to get the heart rate up a bit, and focus on cutting back on calories. 1200 is kind of a magic number…I don’t know anyone who’s not lost weight by eating this amount of calories.
I DO NOT and would not eat only 1200 calories now that I’m running and exercising a lot more. Athletes shouldn’t if they are training for a long distance race, or play competitive sports because if you do not replenish your carbohydrates, protein, and nutrients, you run the risk of getting injured (e.g stress fractures, muscle tears).
One of my favorite main dishes, Curried Tilapia!