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Benefits of Low Calorie Diet

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People go on diets for different reasons: to lose weight, start a healthier lifestyle or because size zero is the new fad. Whatever the reason, the goal is often to become a better and healthier person. In today’s age, there are different types of diets ranging from ones recommended by doctors to others recommended by celebrities. One of the most popular diet regimens today is high fat low Calorie diet, intermittent fasting or paleo.

A low-calorie diet is one where daily calorie intake is restricted to between 800 and 1500 calories. During a low-calorie diet, participants limit their daily intake of calories from food and drinks to between 800 and 1500 calories. Low calorie diets are often undertaken alongside other weight loss methods e.g. exercising or fasting. Low calorie diets have several benefits including:

1. Helps with weight control.
One of the most important parts of losing weight via a low-calorie diet is eating less food than you need i.e. consuming fewer calories than you burn up daily. The average woman requires up to 2000 calories daily to maintain the same weight while an average man needs about 2500 calories daily to remain in the same weight range. A low-calorie intake helps you achieve this goal of weight loss since it involves eating a limited amount of calories daily meaning your body is using more calories daily than it is getting, thus resulting in weight loss.

2. Helps You Stay Healthy
A lot of people go on diets because they want to lose weight. A low-calorie diet can help you achieve this goal by helping you actually lose weight, thus improving your health. In addition, when done right, a low-calorie diet often involves eating a balanced diet everyday which is an important part of healthy living. Low calorie diets usually comprises of quality fibre, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean protein to ensure you get the sufficient amount of nutrients your body needs to run daily, regardless of calorie reduction.

3. Boosts mood and wellbeing
Low calorie balanced diets often contain essential nutrients and minerals which are important to ensure the body functions normally. These minerals also help ensure that you get enough sleep at night as well as making sure you have the required energy to take on your daily tasks. This large amount of nutrients and minerals also help you stay healthy and boost your immune system.

4. Improve Blood Sugar Levels
When dieting, most people tend to avoid foods containing a lot of sugar or carbohydrates because these sugars eventually become calories and if taken can render the whole dieting exercise futile. Avoiding sugary and carbohydrate foods are beneficial to your health because it helps regulate your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can put you at a high risk of diabetes and heart disease so it is important that it stays in a healthy range.

Verified By Dr Varsha Gorey
M. Sc ( Food & Nutrition) MD (Alt. Med), Consultant Nutrition, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai
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