Calories: Is under just as bad as over

  • When trying to maintain an 1800 calorie plan. Is it detrimental to come in under the allotment consistently even though the meals are good meals?
    I have found that I have a healthy breakfast, a snack 2 to 3 hours later, 3 hrs later lunch, 2-3 hrs after that a snack and dinner at around 6PM, and consistently come in UNDER 1800 calories. I don't over portion my food, maybe I should up my portions on breakfast and lunch.
    Also please if anyone has suggestions for meals on the go... I would be open to hearing them.

    GaryK   by: GaryK
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    jipsybird  almost 3 years ago by: jipsybird

    I'm no expert, but I think the side effects you list by being under nourished calorie wise happens when calories are severely restricted. Many people would say that happens when under 1200 calories are consumed. I think those side effects depend on the nutrition of those calories and how severly the calories are restricted. From the information you have given, I think being 200 under your caloric goal of 1800 should not be that detrimental. However, if you feel your body is crying out for more nutrition (you obiously by now have an idea of what those signs might be) by all means, eat more of your nutritious food.

    Have a great day and good luck with your goals.

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    misssandy  almost 3 years ago by: misssandy

    How far under are you? What are your goals? Weight loss, gain? How tall are you? How much do you weigh? What's your BMI? How physically active are you! How demanding is your job? Please answer these questions then we can help you.

    • misssandy
      misssandy 10 months ago

      That's really nothing especially when you consider that no calorie counter is 100% accurate. And most people underestimate how much they eat by a couple hundred.

    • GaryK
      GaryK 10 months ago

      On average I am under approximately 200 calories, that is if the app on my phone is correct. According to several web sites, My BMI is 25.2. I do A Daily Burn work out once a day every day, Twice three times a week (Minimum) My job is sedentary

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