1200 calories?

Answered on April 22, 2015
Created April 22, 2015 at 2:14 AM


I am super strict paleo, but i absolutely cannot lose weight.  I have been doing about 80% paleo over the last year and have lost absolutely no weight.  Over the past month or two I have really gotten strict but I still don't lose weight.  It is so frusterating because I am a tad psychotic now.  I am about 160 pounds and i am 5 feet 8 inches tall.  18 yr old female.  I am not super fat, actually i am fairly muscular.  I run and lift weights.  All of my fat is on my tummy and I just want to lose it now!!! Help me please.  Should I go down to 1200 calories/day? I would say that I want to lose a solid 15 pounds...

Any help is appreciated.  

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on April 22, 2015
at 04:02 PM

Raydawg is right, you are actually not eating enough. It's okay to have some fat in your body. You didn't say what it is you tend to eat, but my advice is to consume a healthy amount of protein and fats (especially on the days where you work out). Also try to include more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables. If you want to limit anything, try limiting your carbs on the days that you don't work out. Also, stress is correlated with extra fat, so try to find things that you enjoy doing that aren't food related. Meditation and yoga helps.



on April 22, 2015
at 10:03 AM

No, you're undereating, and you're probably in starvation mode, so your body doesn't want to let go of fat stores because it thinks you're in a starvation situation.


It's not about calories, it's about lack of nutrition.


Eat more micronutrient dense foods, and eat some high quality fats as well.

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on April 22, 2015
at 12:21 PM

You're a good weight for your height already so save the mental stress. But in my experience you can't spot reduce! I lost a lot of weight several years ago. A good bit came off my waist but I also lost muscle mass, especially upper body. I've been trying to get muscle back on my bony shoulders for some time now. To do that I've had to gain some weight and target upper body exercise.

To reproportion yourself I would recommend lots of roadwork, not necessarily aerobic but as much as you can make time for. 1200 calories is a minimal diet for women, and it's a matter of whether you can put up with the hunger generated by the exercise. At your current weight it will take 3-6 months of reduced eating/increased exercise to get 15 lbs off.

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