One thing that I have done, and I think many of you have as well is when wanting to lose a bit of weight we cut down on calories. Nowadays, many of us even try to be under a certain amount of calories for our dietary intake to make sure we stay on track or even lose a bit of weight. I used to calculate everything I ate(especially when on diet prep) or always tried to go for the low-calorie options.
However by doing this I got obsessed with food, felt bad if I ever ate more calories than what I allowed myself to eat and sometimes when I was a bit under I tried to make sure I ate the calories(even though I was not hungry) to hit my daily target. In my eyes this is not healthy!
Although there are so many studies showing that eating fewer calories will lead to a longer life and many preach by this – however, Ross pointed out to me the other day these studies are only done in rats or mice and have not been proven in humans. Although this might be right, I personally think it might not be the case. I think its good for the body to have to work and constantly be challenge in some ways. Hence why I think a different calorie intake every day. The body never knows what is going to come and have to be ready for it. I might be absolutely wrong, but this is just my theory.
When you cut down on your calories the body will go into starvation mode(adaptive thermogenesis). When this happens your metabolic rate(metabolism) will slow down as it have to save on all the stored energy in your body and by this it needs fewer calories to work which equals slower weight loss and will result in faster weight gain if you eat more than what your body needs.