But, honestly, 800 calories simply is NOT healthy! You really need to up to at LEAST 1200, and not just on weekends.
The quickest way to hose your metabolism is to crash diet and severely restrict your calories. It leads to yo-yoing and metabolic slow down.
Please see a doctor.
Other than malnutrition, loss of muscle, fatigue, dehydration, kidney related problems, loss of concentration etc., the problem from a weight loss perspective is that you're setting yourself up for failure. That may sound harsh but it's true. Once you plateau at 800--which you will--you will be forced to increase your in-take, and since you'll be in starvation mode and you'll gain the weight back.
Slowly work your way up to a more realistic caloric in-take before you do too much damage to your metabolism, and, more importantly, your organs.
I know that a diet can be daunting, especially if you've never tried one before, but I just plugged your stats into the daily calorie expenditure tool on this site, and you burn, even sedentary, 2300 calories a day! 800 cals just isn't gonna cut it.
To lose safely (1-2lbs a week) you should create a calorie deficit of about 500-750 cals a day. That means, that you should be eating AT LEAST 1550 cals a day, which is about twice what you are eating now. Eating so few cals might work in the short term, but your body will start fighting starvation - which is what 800 calories is for your body.
While there is nothing wrong with having a day a week where you eat a bit more than normal, you will really mess with your metabolism and body if you starve it during the week and dump more food on it on the weekends.
There's lots of good information on this site, the members and mods are helpful and encouraging - you can, and will, do this - but 800 cals a day? Not the way to go.
Obesity at 700 calories a day
I know it flies in the face of conventional wisdom. We all have been brainwashed to think that the less we eat the more weight we'll lose.
By the way, there is no need to force down nasty diet foods. You can eat just about anything. Here's a great place to start. Print the list and cross off the foods you don't like. You'll be surprised at how much is left!
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get yourself on a good long-term program -- a for-life program.
you've been given all the good advice that you need. the only thing I would add is that it is proven in study after study that nutrients from whole foods do much more good than nutrients from supplements. And if your body is not getting enough essential fats, all the fat-soluble supplements you are taking are just going down the toilet.
I am only 4'11, and I am able to have 1350-1550 calories per day, and I am losing at the rate of a lb a week. My diet is full of whole grains, fresh fruits, and veggies. The only "diet" food that I eat is the low-fat yogurt, and the one I eat is just as yummy as the full-fat. Oh and I use 2% skim milk. But if your calorie allowance is enough, you don't have to do low-fat at all. my low-fat yogurt only saves me 30 calories, and the 2% milk not much more than that.
in fact, if cascade made a full fat version of their yogurt, I would use it.
You say you don't have any health problems now. Well, you will soon have health problems if you don't get yourself on a healthy diet. you are just exchanging the devil you know for the devil you don't know.
Ok, really don't listen to people who just go on and on about eating less than 1200 calories per day and how unhealthy it is. While it is unhealthy for most people, some people have just really really slow metabolisms, and are incapable of losing weight while eating 1200, more over eating 800 calories for them is the healthier option. I would recommend talking to a nutritionist and an endocrinologist about it. It is plain fact that a lot of people I know have been RECOMMENDED to eat 800-1000 per day for some time (2-3months) by their doctors, just because their metabolisms are different... If you are seriously overweight and cannot lose any weight while on a 1200 calorie per day diet, it is very likely that you might have similar problems. Of course it is most often unhealthy to eat less than 1200 calories unless you are sure that it's the right way to go, and you really should consult a specialist to find that out.
Ignoring that this thread is 3 years old for a second...
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