I eat between 1200-1400 a day but most of my foods are nutrient dense and high in protein, and not processed foods, plus i limit my sugar, and dairy intake as well. it’s healthy eating.
I’ve dropped about 45lbs with the combination of cleaning up my eating and working out 1hr / day 6x a week and 1200-1400 cals a day seems to keep me at a stable weight (140lbs, I’m 5’6). I have to drop to 1000cals to lose weight plus working out because i don’t burn as many calories as I used to before in my workouts. I’m super heart healthy which sucks because it takes a ton of effort to get my heart rate up. and not only that, but my body fat is still like 28%-30% 🙁
you’re so lucky you can eat more and maintain!
a typical day (5-6 meals)
1/2 cup oatmeal + turkey sausage
1 piece fruit with nuts
lunch – salad with 4oz of chicken breast, lots of veggies, some croutons, balsamic dressing or a subway sandwich, no cheese, no mayo. or sometimes i do 4oz of another protein (turkey, salmon, chicken) with a side of steamed veggies and 1/3 cup of brown rice for my carb. I limit my carbs to the day only.
small snack – hummus with veggies
Protein Shake (designer whey) pre-workout
dinner – 4oz chicken breast and side of steamed veggies.
And I am married to a personal trainer who runs women only bootcamps. If she didnt think I was eating enough, trust me I would hear about it alllllll day because I not only do cardio, I also strength train so eating enough is necessary to be able to workout and function.
all the women in her bootcamp are on a 1200-1400 cal mealplan. but again, its very clean clean eating and high in protein. you’d be surprised how many times a day you can eat 4oz of chicken breast, and be stuffed and still be under 1400 calories.