Eat Enough Food
Don't eat one small container of yogurt and call it lunch! Make sure you eat enough to keep your body and brain functioning properly, ACSM-certified personal trainer and registered dietitian Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, explained in a previous interview. Severely restricting calories can actually slow down your metabolism.
Never dip below 1,200 calories, especially if you're also working out. For reference, the USDA dietary guidelines recommend adult women consume 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day, but that number will vary based on your age, height, weight, and activity level. To find your calorie target for weight loss, meet with a registered dietitian or use this formula.