In This Chapter
Deciding how many calories to eat
Shedding weight quickly at 1,200 kilocalories
Dropping weight more slowly at 1,500 kilocalories
Staying at your current weight with 1,800 kilocalories
Looking at other diets
You can eat wisely, get all the nutrients you need, and continue to eat great food, but you do have to limit your portions. In this chapter, we show you how to plan three different daily levels of kilocalories (the proper term for what most people call calories). You can lose weight rapidly, lose more slowly, or maintain your weight.
We prefer the slower approach to losing weight. With this method, you’ll probably feel less hungry, and cutting back a few hundred kilocalories a day doesn’t cause a major upheaval in daily life. Also, maintaining a weight loss may be easier if you lose the weight slowly, which means you’re probably losing fat mass rather than muscle or water.