1000 Calorie Diet – Why This Diet Is Unhealthy
Unless you are under a doctor’s care, one thousand calories per day is a dangerous thing to do. Our bodies were designed to require a certain amount, and is quite capable of going automatically changing metabolic rate if we consistently consume too few of them.
Deficiency Problems: Anemia, easy bruising and other problems are likely to occur when calorie counts are low. Some may be caused by lack of the nutrients in your diet, but others may be caused by lack of fat consumption. Our bodies require some fat in the diet or fat soluble vitamins cannot be absorbed, even if you are taking a supplement to prevent the other problems.
Eating Disorders: Anorexia and bulimia are the two best known eating disorders, but others exist. The poor self image most of us have as the pounds add up can contribute to these problems. Compound that with inadequate caloric consumption and the risk factors add up fast.
Famine Mode: If you’ve ever been on an extreme diet, you may have noticed some real difficulties about two weeks into it. Oh, the first set of pounds come off fairly quickly, but then it stops, almost over night. That’s because your automatically sent into famine mode. Your body will hang on to every calorie it gets. You may even find yourself gaining weight. This can set you up for a spiraling cycle that has you eating less and less.
Lack of Energy: This has been one side effect of extreme dieting I hate. When I was using this method, I didn’t want to get up in the morning and every task felt like it was a marathon. It could be from anemia, depression or lack of glucose in the blood stream. The good news is that when I switched, the problem went away.
Low Blood Sugar: A lot of what we eat is turned into glucose by your body. If insufficient amounts are available, you are at risk for developing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Under the right conditions, this could cause you to pass out.
So, what should you do instead? First, talk to your doctor and a nutritionist. Then you can set up a suitable diet and exercise program. I know it can be done, I’ve lost sixty pounds so far and have another twenty-five to go. If I can do it, you can.