Could you eat too few calories to lose weight?
Be careful never to let your calories drop below 8,400 calories a week, though. This is the equivalent of only 1,200 calories a day and, according to White, this can have the opposite effect on your weight.
“When you’re not eating enough calories, your metabolism can slow down, you don’t have enough energy for workouts, and you’re more likely to binge eat,” he says, something he refers to as starvation mode.
A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine only drills this in further because in the study, people following severe low-calorie diets didn’t lose long-term weight because their body produced excess cortisol, a hormone that signals your body to store fat, especially in the abdomen.
Don’t let your diet backfire like that; be mindful and follow the BMR guidelines that help you with the proper calorie amount to eat every day.
Think it’s difficult to cut calories when you’re eating out? Think again! Next time you’re at a restaurant, note these 30 Ordering Hacks to Cut Calories When Dining Out.