I wish this had been required reading in high school. I’ve recently come to understand the points made in this post thanks to the convincing of my boyfriend, but how much stress and how many years of dieting could I have saved myself from if I had learned it sooner? SELF CONSCIOUS WOMEN OF THE WORLD, STOP SKIPPING MEALS, GET OFF THE TREADMILL, AND PICK UP SOMETHING HEAVY!
I don’t know why “1200” managed to be the magic number of calories women should consume if they want to lose weight.
I don’t even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1200 a day and do cardio. I don’t know how it got in to all of our collective brains, but somehow it did (if any ladies remember how or when they first heard the 1200-calorie rule-of-thumb for losing weight, please let me know via comment box).
What I do know is that 1200 is the general number of calories health professionals say women cannot drop below without suffering negative health consequences.
Interesting, isn’t it? 1200 calories. The…
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