I've read in general, that you're not supposed to drop below 1200 calories per day even if you're trying to lose weight. Obviously, a guy who is 6'5" and weighs 280 will have a different number. I have a really hard time consuming 1200 calories but I'm also really tiny (4'11" and 105 lbs). Another problem I have is that I feel "bigger" or more bloated based on the amount and quantity of food I eat, not how many calories I eat. So for example, if I ate one 1/4 pounder w/ cheese all day, I'd feel less fat than if I ate yogurt w/ grapenuts for breakfast, banana for a snack, cottage cheese and applesauce for a snack, half a bagel with low-fat cream cheese, and then a typical dinner (a small serving of lean meat with a veggie). Obviously the second is healthier. How do I balance this out? I know sometimes if you don't consume ENOUGH calories, you really end up gaining weight. So how much should someone my size be eating? What KINDS of foods should I be eating? I've seen a nutrionist before and it never really helps because it seems like they have a cut and dry plan of what people should and shouldn't do, but I don't feel as if it works for me. Anyone have any experience in this or have the same problem? Or suggestions?