Exercise Questions - How Many Calories
Should I Eat Every Day?
I'm trying to lose weight. I've been having difficulty
eating. Either I eat too many calories, or too little. Would I be able to lose
weight eating 1200-1300 calories/day and doing 45 minutes of Tae Bo and 30 minutes
of Pilates three times a week? Do I have enough calories?
In terms of calories, if you're not eating enough, your
body will most likely go into a "storage" mode. This is basically because
the moment your body thinks its not getting enough food, it will horde all the
calories and hold onto the fat since it thinks its going into starvation mode.
Your body will also slow down your metabolism because it thinks a "fasting
state" may be close and it will want to preserve as much energy as possible.
This is done through holding tight onto the fat stores and not releasing them.
key is to increase your calories with highly nutrient dense food to fuel your
body! I would recommend not eating any less than 1,500 calories/day and make sure
your protein levels are kept high. In terms of diet, I would focus on lean protein
sources (chicken breast, turkey breast, egg whites) and lean fibrous carbs coming
mostly from non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, mushrooms, yellow squash, green
peppers, etc.) Try and limit all starchy carbs from your diet and limit fruit
after 6pm, since it contains lots of simple sugars which will effect your insulin
levels and hinder your weight loss.
Remember to also add weight training
to your exercise routine. This another key is to add powerful calorie burning
pounds of lean muscle which keeps your metabolism stoked throughout the day! Here
are some great weight training exercises to add to your program:
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