Q & A with Dr. K: Can I Eat Less Than 1200 Calories?

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I am 41 years old and 5 foot 2.

When I work out what my calorie intake should be it comes out at just over 1200 calories.

Lots of articles say never eat less than 1200 or you body goes into starvation mode so how can I lose weight when I don’t really have room to drop my calorie intake?


Do yourself a big favour and ignore those articles!

You don’t need to worry about daily calorie allowances or calorie intakes. They are just numbers.

Like a tennis player doesn’t win games by obsessing over a scoreboard (she wins games by hitting the ball), you will lose weight when you start to make better decisions around eating.
What does this mean?
1. Yes, you DO need to EAT LESS to lose weight


2. But rather than working out “I need to cut 200 calories”, focus on what you already eat now and ask:

“What bits of my eating could I cut back, without it affecting my nutrition or enjoyment?”
3. Your initial answer might be “NOTHING!”

But I know from working with hundreds of women to help them lose weight, that this is never the case.

All of us, have unnecessary bits of our eating that can be eliminated, without it having any effect on our nutrition or enjoyment.

I call this the magic margin.

If you can cut out the magic margin, you’ll lose weight, and you won’t even notice it.
4. So what are examples of the magic margin?

– Well, let me ask you this? Have you ever eaten a plate of food, got 2/3 of the way to the end and then felt full, but kept eating anyway?

– Have you ever eaten something because someone else was making you feel obliged to eat it?

– Have you ever eaten something because it was lunchtime, even though you weren’t hungry?

All of these are examples of the magic margin and there are hundreds if not thousands more examples.

I help women eliminate the magic margin to lose weight.


5. Notice though, that no mention was made of calorie allowances or daily intakes.

Instead it’s all about you and working out how much you actually need to eat to feel satisfied and nourished. It’s less than you think.

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