Low Calorie Diet
A Low Calorie Diet consists of eating fewer calories than required to maintain one’s weight. It is typically 1200 calories or less per day. A Low Calorie Diet is recommended for patients who are looking to lose weight at a proper pace. A Low Calorie Diet should be used in conjunction with exercise for optimal weight loss. Our Weight Loss Nutritionist will help formulate a low calorie diet as part of your diet plan to guide you on your appropriate calorie consumption based on your age, height, weight, and desired weight loss.
Low calorie diets have been proven to be a beneficial part of a successful weight loss program. The value of each "calorie" of any diet plays an important factor for weight loss. In order to improve your health and promote weight loss, we will provide you with a healthy low calorie menu and diet plan. Our overall goal is not to cut food intake but to promote foods that are naturally lower in calories. By following a low calorie diet, you are allowed to eat frequently or whenever you feel hungry and at the same time feel full and satisfied.
By eating lower calories and nutrition packed foods, you will gain energy and get the outcome you desire for your health and body. A diet based on simply eating smaller amounts of the same processed, high calories foods typically result in hunger, holds no nutritional value, and leads to only temporary weight loss. Eating small portions of highly processed calories also does not satisfy hunger. When patients go off specific diets, they end up regaining the weight they lost in the first place. When one does this repeatedly, it is harmful to their health, self-esteem and future success.
Our team of trained physicians and nutritionists will teach you how to make easy changes to your daily diet which results in long lasting weight loss and overall health. Healthy nutritional foods that can be incorporated into your diet include fresh fruit, whole grain cereals and breads, nonfat milk, yogurt, lean meats, poultry, fish, and beans. It is crucial to limit fried foods, salty snacks, rich sauces, and sugary and fattening desserts.
Low calorie foods can be prepared using low calorie cooking methods. For example, meats, poultry, and fish should be roasted, baked or broiled, not fried. Vegetables should be steamed, boiled, or microwaved without using butter. Oils are used sparingly and margarine should always be reduced fat and trans fat free. It is important to note that a very important aspect of a successful weight loss program is portion control.
Although the number of calories consumed has to be reduced before you can expect to lose weight, there is a possibility of not obtaining enough calories. A real irony of dieting is that you actually lose more weight by eating more food rather than if you are eating nothing at all. The reason for this is that when not enough calories are eaten, the body tries protects itself from lack of energy by storing energy more economically. The body then reacts to this by slowing down the metabolic rate.