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I want to lose some fat. Is it OK to eat 800-1000 calories a day? I know this is a low intake, but I don’t intend to stay there forever.
Nothing is wrong with eating 800-1000 calories a day for a stretch. It’s very effective for weight loss.
After you’ve reached the desired weight loss, you can switch to eating your maintenance calorie level. You’d have to figure out what that level is, and the simplest way is to add back a few hundred calories at a time, and see how your body responds.
Just remember that when you’re lighter, your daily calorie requirement is naturally lower than when you were heavier; so don’t over-shoot when you switch to maintenance.
Despite what many people will tell you about eating 800-1000 calories per day (harmful, bad for your metabolism, yadda yadda), it is perfectly fine for a period in which you’re trying to lose weight/fat. Just make sure you include resistance exercise to maintain muscle mass.
Don’t let the neo-experts spew the same recycled warning that extremely low calorie intake is bad for you. They’ve heard it from somewhere else and are trying to recycle it to you.
Used temporarily, extremely low calorie intake has been proven to be very effective for weight loss and concurrently safe. At completion of the weight loss, however, switch to maintenance intake — which is lower than the level that had caused the weight gain in the first place.
Keep it in a healthy perspective. The average person can’t eat 800 calories forever, but for those wishing to lose fat, eating 800 calories for a definitive stretch of time can be very useful.
Intermittent fasting makes short-term extremely-low-calorie intake and maintenance calorie intake simpler.