Calorie Restricted Diets: The Pros And Cons


A calorie restricted diet is any diet that reduces one’s calorie intake below their body’s maintenance calories.  Despite the fact that all successful fat loss diets require a reduction in  calorie intake, this protocol focuses on calories only and not the macronutrients consumed.

The main pros and cons of calorie restricted diet

Pros Of Calorie Restricted Diet

This is a very simple diet to follow. It’s nothing more than reducing the amount of calories you consume on a daily basis.  On my part, it was as simple as reducing my portion sizes at every meal.  In the beginning, your body will begin to drop body-fat as an attempt to balance out its energy expenditure, and it will continue to do so as long as you incorporate re-feeds into the diet.

Also, this diet allows you to continue eating carbohydrates so you’ll have an easier time retaining muscle during a calorie deficient state.

Cons Of Calorie Restricted Diet

If one doesn’t include a refeeding method into their calorie restricted diet, the body will eventually adjust to the diet by slowing down its energy expenditure.  Folks call this the body’s metabolism slowing down or a metabolic crash. They consider this to be a culprit of fat loss plateaus. I learned this the hard way during one of my contests preps when my weight loss came to a halting stop regardless of the fact I continued to lower my calories.  Another disadvantage to a calorie restricted diet is that some individuals will still feel hungry and unsatisfied after meals which could result in food binges.