On Following Low Calorie Diets
A low calorie diet is, as the name suggests, a diet in which you restrict your daily caloric intake. Traditionally, this means consuming somewhere between 800 and 1,500 calories per day in order to lose weight. This number is determined by and adjusted based on your age, sex, weight and activity level. A low calorie diet can either consist of regular foods, meal replacements or a combination of the two. Medically monitored low calorie diets can be an effective long-term method of weight loss.
How Calories Affect Weight
Whenever we don’t expend the calories we’ve consumed, they’re placed in storage as fat, causing weight gain. It’s a relatively simple correlation: more calories in and less calories out equals weight gained, while less calories in and more calories out equals weight lost.
Any calorie that isn’t used can lead to weight gain, so even when following a low calorie diet, you still need to maintain an active lifestyle. In order to lose weight, you’ll want to have a negative calorie count at the end of the day.
Very Low Calorie Diets
Very low calorie diets offer rapid weight loss for moderately to severely obese people in the short term. However, this type of diet is not suggested as a long-term method of weight loss. A very low calorie diet limits your daily caloric intake to less than 800 calories, through prepared formulas or limiting the types and amounts of (low calorie) foods that you eat. Weight regain is common after a very low calorie diet if you don’t have a proper follow-up plan.
Types of Low Calorie Diets
Many meal replacement programs are low calorie diets. OPTILITE Partial Meal Replacement Program and the OPTIFAST Full Meal Replacement Program for Medical Weight Loss are both examples of low calorie diets, with daily calorie servings of between 1,150-1,600 and 800-1,120, respectively. To get the best results and promote long-term weight loss, it’s a good idea to pair any low calorie diet with medical supervision and daily exercise.