Originally Posted by BonVivant11
Sorry! I edited the post!
1200 calories a day -- too low?
In the past, I've lost weight by eating 1200 calories a day though.
I was actually going to ask, have you dieted in the past?
But that answered my question. It makes sense from your body's POV that you aren't losing; possibly even gaining. The first few times you probably lost on 1200, but then put the weight back on. During the restriction, your body lowered its metabolism, so that the next time you were "starving" it, you wouldn't drop as much weight so fast like the first time. Now you're at it again, but this time your body knows what's coming with only 1200 calories, so it hordes fat, and even takes everything you eat and stores it. It's like if you suddenly lost your job and your savings was being depleted. Well, you wouldn't go out and spend like crazy would you? No. You'd hang onto every last penny until you got another job.
The body has no idea that you want to lose weight for health or looks or whatever. At your height and weight, and at 1200 caloies(!) your body thinks you live where no food exists, so it's trying to keep you alive.
Point: you need to eat more. Loss of hunger signals also happens to people with anorexia. The body no longer bothers sending them because it thinks you have no access to food.