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Starvation diet plan - Why starving yourself will never help you

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I want to absolutely dispel the misconception that starving yourself in the name of weight-loss will help you on your journey. It will not - fact. Taking this extremely unhealthy approach will have negative impacts on both your body and your attempt to lose weight. I want to help you understand the importance of regular, balanced eating, and here's what I want to share.

Your metabolism will always have the final say

Okay, so that title, regarding metabolism, is very definite, but I wish to illustrate the importance of your metabolism and the influence you can have over it. See, your body needs a certain amount of calories each day to function optimally. Consume more than this and you'll gain weight. Drastically fall below this maintenance level though, and your body won't function properly. 

Think of your body as a vehicle - if it only has half the fuel it needs to complete a journey how can you expect it to get to where it needs to be? 


The effect of starvation on the metabolism

In your efforts to lose weight, you want your metabolism to be fired up as much as possible because this will best facilitate fat-loss. If you begin to starve the body of food, food it uses for energy, then your metabolism will slow down, eventually grinding to a halt. As a result, this is what will happen:

  • You will lose weight yes but it will almost all be water weight.
  • Your body will enter starvation mode - it will hold onto everything you consume with the tightest of grips - you will inevitably put the pounds back on.
  • Your body will source energy from your muscles - the breaking down of muscle mass will occur.
  • Very little body fat will be lost overall.

I'll delve into that a little deeper but I want you to really take notice of the last point. It's a fact - starving yourself will lead to very little actual fat-loss in the short-term so, if you're trying to lose weight, it would make absolutely no sense to pursue this damaging practice. 

The effects of starvation on the immune system and body

As I mentioned earlier, the weight that you will lose, and although it will be a significant amount, will be down to expelled water and lost muscle mass. I would like you to really think about that though - our bodies are made up of a huge amount of water so how can that be healthy? In short, it can't. It can however lead to liver and kidney problems and will also lower your immune system, making you much more susceptible to illness. 

On top of this, you will experience horrible fatigue and will be much more likely to lose your temper due to increased irritability, and nobody wants to experience that.

Starving yourself will bring you back to where you started

Okay, I won't go into the science behind this, unless asked to do so of course, because it's the bigger picture that's important here guys. If your body is in starvation mode, and this is something that should be avoided at all costs, hormones that are responsible for fat gain will be released in much larger quantities than usual. This doesn't sound positive at all does it? This means your body will actually store more fat in the long run that it would if you were eating regularly. 

With a balanced diet and regular eating, your body will tend to take what it needs and discard the rest. With a highly irregular diet however, your body will use every single calorie, and that hormone I told you about will make sure it gets stored as fat. This means you'll firstly end up where you started, but you'll be much more likely to gain extra weight in the long run, and this is incredibly counter-productive. 

The key to healthy weight loss

I've said this before and it's something you'll see a lot - the best, most effective and efficient way to lose body fat is always going to be through good, regular exercise and a regular, balanced diet. It's all about the long game here guys - getting into a routine, staying disciplined, treating yourself occasionally, as I address in my article on 'Overfeeding', and gradually losing the weight in a safe manner. 

I can't emphasize this enough - starving yourself in general is never healthy and starving yourself to try and lose weight, and keep it off, will never work. Your body is too smart and has too many contingencies in place for such occurrences, and while you may be able to trick it to your advantage in some ways - as I've mentioned in previous articles - this is one game that it will win every time.

Thanks Guys,

Stay Focused.

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  • Nonsense Article
    September 30, 2016

    Absolute nonsense! Starvation mode is a myth. If starving yourself makes you fat, why the hell were all of those Jews saved from the concentration camps skinny? They should've been huge.


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