Why “Starving Yourself” Is Not Effective for Weight Loss

Starving Yourself

Don’t Starve Yourself: It’s Not Effective for Weight Loss

Just having the Medifast Diet alone isn’t enough for some people. They want more of an edge in their weight loss plans. You have heard all the tried and true weight loss ideas, and you continue to get frustrated.  We know that if we eat less and eat right we will lose weight, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen, and that’s because each person is unique and different. What works for one doesn’t work for all.

You want so much to lose weight and you have tried almost everything and it just isn’t coming off fast enough.  The thought runs through your mind, “Why don’t I just stop eating, then I will lose for sure.” Not so fast, before you put a lock on your pantry door learn what you are really doing to your body and your health when you choose not to eat.

The body is an intricate machine that needs certain “fuel” to work properly. Good food is the body’s fuel source.  We all know what happens to machines when they don’t have the gas they need to run…that’s right, they stop working.  Well the same thing is true for our body.  When not given the proper food and essential nutrients it needs the body stops working as well.  When not fed the body responds by feelings of weakness, tiredness, lethargy, mood swings and becomes more susceptible to illness.  If you go without food for long enough your body will die.

But you say, “I will only starve myself for a short time, just to jumpstart my weight loss.”  What we need to lose is fat, when left starving the body doesn’t lose fat at all.   With no food the body goes into starvation mode.  While in starvation mode the body doesn’t lose fat at all, it starts using its own muscle tissue for fuel, not the fat like we would assume.   We want to keep our muscle not lose it and we want to lose the fat not store it.  By starving you will lose weight but it will mostly consist of water and muscle.

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What happens when you have to start eating again, which you will have to do eventually?  What happens is just this, your body contains less muscle mass then before, therefore your metabolism is now slower than it previously was which means your body burns less calories.  Because of this slower metabolism you are now forced to eat even fewer calories because if you eat the same you will add fat on top of the fat that you thought you were losing. Remember the body went into starvation mode meaning it didn’t burn fat it stored it.

Fasting for weight loss is ineffective because you don’t really burn fat and you always add more fat when you have to eat “regular” again. If you want to lose weight, staving yourself is not the way. You must limit processed carbohydrates and calories and eat food for fuel.  Eating a good healthy diet coupled with an exercise plan and you are guaranteed success. Focus on health. Real health. Give the Medifast Diet a shot and learn how it can be the last diet you ever go on.

About the Author

Jennifer Nelson is a former fitness coach, but after she had her twin daughters, her days changed drastically and she had trouble retaining her healthy lifestyle. She got her wake up call at 220 pounds, when realized that if she didn't make a change, she wouldn't be able to teach her daughters how to live healthy. Jennifer shares insights on how to make time for exercise and healthy living. Her no-nonsense approach strips conventional thinking with an easy to follow regimen of healthy eating and moderate exercise. “You can’t have a healthy body by feeding it garbage and sitting on the couch,” says Nelson, “but you don’t need to be a gym rat either. I share how to achieve the balance you want.” Nelson currently resides in Sacramento, California with her husband and three children.