I agree that the changes you make should be something you can maintain for the long haul; considering it a lifestyle change and not just a "diet". That being said. I have lost about 10 lbs since Nov. 29 (137 to 126.6) by drastically reducing my caloric intake. Mostly it's because I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables, taking care of my protein thru milk, yogurt and lentels. I am am by an large a vegetarian who, unfortunately, relied on bread and pasta too much. Now, I am going for helpings of fruits and veggies before other items on the menu and find that I am feeling fine. My caloric intake is about 1000 a day right now. I found that after 3 weeks, my weight began to plateau and I knew I would not really lose more weight without getting some cardio to help my slow metabolism. Although I it has only been a short time, I feel like I have shifted my attitude to where I do not feel "deprived" by the meal plan I currently have.
So, I would agree that if it is working for you, and you are making sure you are not neglecting your nutritional needs, don't sweat the calorie number. But do ask your self, is this something I could do for the long haul?
Start Date: December 31, 2012
Start Weight: 136
136.0 (Dec 31, 2012)
135.0 (Jan 7, 2013)
Current Weight:134.0 (Jan 14, 2013)
Goal Weight: 110.0
Goal Date: Jun 22, 2013