Most diets of ‘1200 calories’ I’ve found have many health risks. Some diets can cause very bad side effects that may even cause serious harm. Being aware of the risks and dangers will help you make a wise decision. It will also help you to take the necessary precautions to limit or avoid risks of such diets.
Side Effects of the Diet of 1200 calories
Fatigue and malnutrition
If you choose a 1200 calorie diet, which is unbalanced and unhealthy, you run into the risk of malnutrition. If the diet is very low in carbohydrates and other important nutrients, you may feel a little more tired than usual. In addition, mood swings, thyroid issues, depression, headaches, etc. can be triggered after approximately a month of eating low-cal food.
With an unhealthy diet of 1200 calories, most of the weight you lose only comes from body fluids. This may cause you to become dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water may not be sufficient.
The 1200 calorie diet can slow your metabolism
The extreme calorie restriction can slow your metabolism, your body may think you are in a famine. This can lead to weight gain in the long term, as weight loss is more difficult when the metabolism is slower.
Following wrong diet habits
Diets (especially less than 1200 calories), can make you dependent on this wrong weight loss diet. You can fall into the endless habit of rebound diets where you lose weight, only to regain it again and again once you are done with the diet.
You will Gain all the weight back
As most of these diets do not teach you how to eat healthy and how to maintain your weight, it is very likely to lead you to recover all or part of the weight you have lost. This could be because you likely to return to your old eating habits once the diet is over.
The 1200 diet could harm pregnant women
The 1200 calories a day is not enough for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Also, when a woman breast feeding it can also hurt her and the baby.
Just do not stick to this harmful diet as it will deprive you from many nutrients and healthy components of foods. Instead, consult an expert nutritionist for the right diet for you.