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Why 1200 calorie diet plans lead to successful and healthy weight loss

We’re constantly bombarded with messages from the media about which diet plan is the most effective way to lose weight.

Despite this information overload and the large variety of diets available, approximately 90% of people who lose a significant amount of weight, regain this weight, and sometimes even more, within a year.

So why is this? When it comes to losing weight, people often want quick results and the idea of a very low calorie diet (VLCD) tempts many people. It surely must be the quickest and most effective way to lose weight, right? Well, it may be in the short-term, but it certainly isn’t in the long-term, not to mention all the possible side-effects associated with these types of diets. Examples of side-effects include lethargy, anaemia and sometimes more serious problems such as gall stones. On top of that, following a VLCD for any longer than a week is definitely no walk in the park! 

 A 1200 calorie diet is a low calorie diet also known as an LCD. LCDs are the most widely used interventions for weight loss. Following a 1200 diet plan will produce the healthy recommended rate of weight loss of 1-2lb a week.  If you're following a healthy and balanced 1200 calorie diet, such as Jane Plan, there are no serious risks attached.

1200 calorie diet plans provide adequate nutrition and a variety of filling foods such as fruit, veg, wholegrains and lean protein and keep you satisfied rather than constantly hungry. This is why they are a lot more sustainable than VLCDs to follow. Variety and not restricting major food groups means you don't feel deprived while on the plan. This is a major advantage as it prevents one of the main issues that many dieters face, rebound binge eating syndrome! This in turn can lead to a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting, a dieters worst nightmare! 

Another advantage of a balanced 1200kcal diet plan is that it doesn’t generally require taking supplementation and it does not need to be supervised by a medical professional. It’s also a realistic diet which re-educates you about portion sizes, helping you make that all important and permanent lifestyle change. Even more good news! When it comes to long-term weight loss, scientific studies have shown that LCDs lead to the same amount of weight loss as VLCDs. 

So relax! You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight and keep it off! Following a healthy and balanced 1200 calorie diet plan will help most adults lose weight safely and effectively. Remember however, that diet plans should be personalised. Factors such as your sex, age, activity levels and start weight need to be considered. For some a 1200 calorie diet may by a little too restrictive, so it is important to consult with a professional before you start any diet plan. 

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