Alright. We gotta talk about this folks.
If you don’t know about the study done in the UK about how people tend to under-report what they’re eating, let us summarize for you.
4000 men and women were asked to count their calorie intake for a period of time. On average, the SELF REPORTED figures from men amounted to an average daily consumption of 2,065 calories, while the average for women was 1,570. However in REALITY, when monitored, the men were actually eating an average of 3119 calories per day and the women were eating an average of 2,393 calories per day. Keep in mind, since they were being monitored, they were eating a bit "healthier" and controlled than normal as well. So who knows what happens when they raid the cookie cupboard, unmonitored....
The more overweight consumers were, the less reliable their account of their calorie intake was, the research found. So, that poses the question, are you being honest about your intake??
If you’re trying to lose weight, every little bit counts. YES, metabolic adaptation happens as your body has less tissue to burn through when the kilos come off, but it’s such a tiny percentage. Yes your metabolic rate declines as we get older but it’s a very small amount. If you’re at an especially high body weight and you’re maintaining it, there’s only one way to maintain it.... A LOT OF FOOD. It’s not your body in “starvation mode” - that is merely a cop out. If you’re blaming starvation mode, in reality, that is just you not taking responsibility and placing the blame somewhere else. And not until YOU take responsibility, will any of that weight shift.
Be honest with yourself and your “1200 calories”. If 1200 is causing you to munch and binge, take your skeleton diet up to 1600 calories to avoid over portioning and snacking. Even at 1600 calories, your average active person with fat to shift will still be in enough of a deficit to lose weight.
The science is there to back it, folks. We eat more than we think, and we move less than we think. If your weight isn’t shifting, perhaps you need to take a little more responsibility for your behaviour