I'm currently averaging about 1,250 calories per day and do a brisk 45 min walk eevry day (but know I should do more really!). I'm concerned, having done a lot of internet reserach and worried myself, that I may actually be doing more harm than good. I've only been at this for 2 weeks, first 10 days I lost 5lb. Since then, I've lost 0.9lb (0.4kg), which I'm a bit disappointed with.
My typical day's diet consists of:
Breakfast: Special K or low fat yoghurt: 170cals
Lunch: Soup for lunch: average 150cals
Snacks: Fruit, 100 - 150 cals, Oatcakes (if I feel the need): 100 cals
Dinner: Usually veg/bean stews, veg curry, bean burgers, once a week macaroni cheese with cauliflower, occasional chicken, sometimes followed by a low fat yogurt, slice of brown bread occasionally, averge 600 cals
This is supplemented with 'treats' such as a coupe of pancakes on tuesday, a more substantial (still low fat) lunch at the weekend, or some wine. Last night I had a treat dinner of gnocchi bake with tomato sauce topped with low fat cream cheese and a chopped up frankfurter with a roll (713 cals - delicious!).
So, some days I'm below 1,200, most days I'm a bit over, other days more like 1,300/1,350 cals. I'm feeling fine on this, but I do get hungry between meals. If it gets too bad I have extra fruit or oatcakes, but I really am trying not to, as snacking was my weakness. My BMI is 29 (80.6kg) and I want to loose about 3 stone.