How can I avoid calorie deprivation when dieting?

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Follow these tips to avoid calorie deprivation during dieting periods:
  • Only reduce your calorie consumption about 10%-15% below what you need for body-weight maintenance. Increase your calorie burning through anaerobic (weight training) and aerobic (walking, running, etc.) activities. A person who normally eats 1,500 calories for body-weight maintenance should only cut calories to 1,100-1,250 calories a day. This slower rate of burning body fat not only makes it easier to sustain fat loss, but also can help you maintain a higher metabolic rate to better manage your weight in the long term.
  • Never train on empty. Instead of skipping that meal and running on fumes, eating a nutritious snack or taking a meal-replacement supplement may give you the resolve you need to hit the gym later in the day. Not having the proper nutrition can ruin not just today's workout but tomorrow's as well.

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Dieting For Weight Loss

Dieting For Weight Loss

Losing weight quickly is OK as long as you do it safely, not through a crash diet. You can lose three or more pounds a week by burning more calories than you eat. If you burn an extra 500 calories per day through eating less and i...

ncreasing your physical activity, you can lose about one to two pounds of fat per week. Dietitians recommend a daily minimum of 1,200 calories per day (a 200-pound person might need 1,400 calories). Anything less makes you lose muscle as well as fat, which slows your metabolism. Instead, minimize your intake of starches, added sugars like high fructose corn syrup and animal fat from dairy and meats. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, soy products, egg whites, skinless poultry breasts, shellfish and fish, nonfat dairy foods and meat that is 95 percent lean. Drink lots of water, don't skip meals, and eat only from a plate while seated at a table.
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