springlering62 wrote: »
What is your current weight and height? Are you male or female? Goal weight?
1200 is the minimum MFP will allow for a woman of any size, for safety reasons. Anything below that is generally unsafe, unless under a physician’s orders. The minimum for men is 1500. However, most people need more than that.
The temptation when setting up your account is to shoot for the highest, fastest weight loss possible of 2lbs per week, which is how a lot of people end up thinking they should eat 1200 calories per day to lose weight.
We get it. You’re new. You’re super enthusiastic to get this show in the road. But setting your calories too low can lead to binge eating when you can’t take it any more. Binge, guilt, I’ll do better, binge, guilt til you throw up your hands screaming “this isn’t working!”
Depending on how much you have to lose, be kinder to yourself and set a lower goal per week. It’s still going to come off, but it won’t be such an ordeal, and you’ll learn habits you can use to maintain in the future.
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