Caloric deficit

I am trying to lose 2 lbs a week. Last night I had over 500 calories left to consume to meet my goal. If I do not eat those calories, will I lose more weight or will not eating those calories hurt my weight loss in the long run? I've been stuck for 2 weeks not losing any weight, so I'm curious if this might be part of the reason. thank you


  • A too aggressive rate of loss will lead to all sorts of issues down the road. If it's a one time thing it's not a big deal, but don't make a habit of under-eating.

  • @Options1

    Unfortunately, weight loss is not always a numbers game. When you lose weight, your body thinks your either sick or starving and does everything it can to slow down further loss. I agree with @Svzeeee1 ; aggressive weight loss isn't ideal as it can have a negative impact on your metabolism.

    I usually encourage clients to eat until they are full and satisfied but you don't need to feel obligated to eat to a calorie goal.

    I also wrote a blog on weight plateaus that you enjoy. :)

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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