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December 21, 2012 4:46 AM
I take less calories than my daily goal but more than 1200 per day. I still lose more than 2lbs per week. Is this healthy?
December 21, 2012 4:55 AM
In general it is very difficult to lose more than two pounds a week of bodyfat, you are likely losing water and perhaps muscle which reduces your metabolism and can make you look more flabby not less. How far under your TDEE are you, and are you exercising?

Do you eat a balance from all the food groups and therefore a surfeit of all the nutrients your body needs for health? Nine servings of fruits and veggies in the full rainbow of colours, three servings of reduced fat dairy a day, oily fish regularly, other healthy fats, protein little and often starting with breakfast, plenty of mineral rich foods (beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, wholegrains)? No more than 10% of daily calories as processed/ ready made/ refined/ junk?
Edited by Firefox7275 On December 21, 2012 4:56 AM
December 21, 2012 5:04 AM
It is possible if you still have quite a bit of fat to lose, are eating healthy foods, getting exercise to keep muscles working, and eating enough protein daily to keep your muscles fueled. You won't gain any muscle at that high of a deficit, but you can keep from losing a lot of muscle mass if you are careful, for a short time anyway.
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December 21, 2012 5:04 AM
I eat whatever I like and I just try to stay below the maximum calories,fat and carbs intake.I do not exercise yet because I really do not have time.
December 21, 2012 5:29 AM
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I eat whatever I like and I just try to stay below the maximum calories,fat and carbs intake.I do not exercise yet because I really do not have time.


Your profile says your goal is health and you asked again about that in the OP - to achieve that your body needs fibre, essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants not just random calories. Being sedentary and a healthy weight does not confer health unfortunately, that is a fallacy it just reduces a one risk factor (obesity).

You don't need to formally exercise, the research indicates lifestyle activity is sufficient to reduce the risks of a raft of illnesses from mental ones, to cancer to diabetes to heart disease, hence the recommended minimum 10,000 steps a day. People achieve this by walking, running or cycling to work, getting outside in their tea breaks and lunch breaks. You don't have to do it all in one go and you don't have to hit a specific pace. Most UK universities have an on site gym that students use between, before or after classes even for just twenty minutes or half an hour.
December 21, 2012 5:31 AM
I ate 1400/day for the first couple of months and lost over 2 lbs./week. I got pretty hungry and upped it after that to taper off towards my goal. I'm male, 5'-7" and did it under a doctor's ok. This is routinely done at a world class hernia clinic I attended 10 years ago.
That's for an operation though. It doesn't hurt if it's only for a couple of months. You will lose some lean body mass though. I think you do regardless of the deficit.
December 21, 2012 5:40 AM
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I eat whatever I like and I just try to stay below the maximum calories,fat and carbs intake.I do not exercise yet because I really do not have time.


MFP calorie goals are not intended to be something you 'stay below'. It's a target you should hit and probably even be a couple of cals over.
December 21, 2012 5:49 AM
You don't have a lot left to lose based on your profile ticker. That being said you should be eating more and not trying to lose the weight quickly by eating so little. You should be focusing on losing no more than 1lb per week at this point.

As another poster pointed out, what you are losing eating that little isn't all fat.. a lot of it is water and muscle. Losing muscle slows down your metabolism. You should be focusing on retaining muscle or even gaining muscle at hits point to help with how your body looks.
December 21, 2012 8:19 AM
Thanks for the good advices!I will try to increase my calories per day by adding tuna,beans or other high protein foods.Also I will take advantage whenever is possible to walk during my routine.

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