Low Calorie Diets That Work
Losing weight can result in dramatic improvements in your health and your quality of life, but the steps you need to take to lose weight don’t have to be dramatic at all. In fact, sometimes small, steady changes like lowering your calorie intake over time can yield substantial results and make it easier to adopt dietary changes that can help you keep your weight under control for the rest of your life.
What is a low calorie diet?
In a low calorie diet, you’re given a target number of calories to consume each day, making it easier to make healthy food choices and keep your eating under control. Generally speaking, the daily target for women is between 1,000 and 1,500 calories and between 1,500 and 2,000 calories for men; however, that doesn’t mean you’ll start out with those targets. Depending upon the number of calories you’re currently consuming, your intake may be “ratcheted down” over time to make the transition to a low calorie diet less drastic.
Low Calorie Benefits
Lowering your caloric intake has benefits beyond losing weight; it can also help you avoid many of the health problems associated with being overweight or obese, including:
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- respiratory diseases
- vision problems like cataracts and glaucoma
And it may also help you age “healthier” by limiting the number of free radicals that build up in your body. Free radicals have been associated with all types of age-related diseases, and they tend to accumulate more in people who are overweight and obese. Eating less keeps your metabolism under control, which can help decrease the number of free radicals in your body. Plus, lower calorie diets tend to decrease your core body temperature and your insulin levels, both of which have been associated with increased longevity.
Since the aim of a lower calorie diet is to lose weight, over time it can help you become more active, decreasing the risks associated with sedentary lifestyles, improving mood and decreasing the risk of depression.
Successful Weight Management
Eating a lower calorie diet lets you enjoy steady weight loss over time in a way that avoids the drastic limitations of many “fad” diets. At Signature Medicine, we offer weight management programs geared toward the individual for greater success now and in the future.