I didn’t suggest eating maintenance, I suggested eating 200 below maintenance. My point is dropping your calories by 33% (from 3,000 to 2,000) will cause more harm than good. Steady decreases will be way more helpful than drastic cuts.
While it may seem logical to immediately drop calories and increase cardio, etc, you are doing several things to harm your body:
- Your body needs energy from food and the micronutrients found in food.
- Reducing drastically can have effects on insulin and other important hormones. Including increasing cortisol levels.
- Suppose you start training everyday, with cardio, and drop your calories to 2,000. If you stall, what else do you have to do in your arsenal of tricks? You can’t drop to 1,500 or increase activity, etc.
This is a process. One step at a time. Remove all calorie containing drinks, clean up your carb sources to grains, pasta, rice, quinoa, sweet potato, etc. Ensure you are getting good protein and fats, hit your daily caloric goal (I suggest 2,600), and attack the program.
You will see results doing this.