Most people quit their diet because they feel weak, their body is crying out for some food. THIS CAN’T BE HEALTHY, RIGHT ?
But it gets worse ! The minute those people start eating more again, their body will think : “food, at last !” and it will immediately start storing as many body fat as possible for future starvation diets. And because your muscle mass is at an all time low and your metabolism is somewhere down-under, your body will even store more calories as fat, simply because it can’t get rid of them. So in no time, you will be as chubby as before. What I just explained is the YO-YO EFFECT.
Now, if you only slightly reduce your calorie intake, say 350 kcal less than your body needs each day, and spread your intake over 5 to 6 smaller meals a day, you’re body will be fooled into believing it is getting enough food.
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People too often still rely on the scale to tell them if their diet is getting results. People on starvation diets often think : "wow, I lost 10 pounds in one week" but instead of losing fat, they are losing precious muscle mass and water. The best way to test if your efforts are paying off, is to measure your body fat ratio. These days you can buy scales that not only tell you how much you weigh, but also your fat and water percentage.
In order to lose weight permanently, you need to lose fat (not muscle). In order to lose fat you NEED muscle. In order to keep your muscles, you have to eat enough (especially protein). It''s quite logical if you think about it a while. So do yourself a favor and swear off starvation diets for life.