Dear friends, I am going to apologize in advance for what I am going to say (because I really don't want to make anyone mad) and not only that, I am going to explain what I think makes me qualified to say it!
First qualification: I am 75 going on 76 years old and I have a daughter, two granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters...I am saying what I would say to them.
Second qualification: I majored in math and have a strong science background and I taught these subjects for 25 years..although I am not a dietician. But that having been said, here goes:
I am seeing from the posting what people are eating on their diets and it is not good. That is why I am SHOCKED and WORRIED IN TENNESSEE!
Dear friends, you should never eat below 1200 calories per day unless you are under a doctor's care. If you do, your body will think you are starving and your metabolism will shut down. It will start eating up your lean muscle tissue for food! Please don't eat below 1200 calories!!!!
Dear friends, I se that others are not eating fruits, veggies, and whole grains. If you eat this way, you are not going to get the fiber your body needs, much less the vitamins and minerals in these foods, essential to your health. Plus, you are going to get very constipated if you are not already. That is pretty strong talk, but give it some consideration!
Remember, I am speaking only as a mother would speak and as a teacher of science would speak,
and not only is this good advice, it is advice which you might have to pay someone to give you!