Yesterday I did something bad. I restricted what I ate to the point where I wasn't taking in enough calories. I felt weak. I had no energy. All I wanted to do was climb into bed and never get out. It's true that I've been eating too many calories for a long time, which has led to my weight gain (that and the many, many hours I spend with my butt in a chair). And to lose this weight, I do need to lower my caloric intake each day. But my caloric minimum is not going to be the same now as it will be when I'm at my goal weight, and I simply need to accept that fact. Calories--and food--in and of themselves are not bad. We need energy to go throughout our day. When we exercise (which I hope everyone in Romance Biggest Winner is doing now), we need even more energy.
Another reason why restricting too much is a bad thing? It can lower your metabolism and make losing weight even harder. If you're body thinks you're starving yourself (even if we all know that you're not), it will try to hold on to as many fat stores as it can.
The key here is balance and moderation. Yes, you can shock your system into overdrive by exercising 6 hours a day and keeping to a 1200-calorie diet (by the way, 1200 is the absolute minimum for anyone), but this is not ideal. Remember, we're taking steps in our journey now so that we can last in the long run. Losing weight is our short term goal, but building a lifestyle we can maintain for the rest of our lives is something we should all reach toward as our long-term goal!
This calculator allows you to put in your current weight and your exercise routine to see how many calories you need each day (you would need to re-calculate this as you lose weight). How many calories do you need to achieve "Fat Loss"? I need 2092 each day.