Dynamic Health And How Starving Yourself Can Make You Fatter 

By Ange Fonce

You will have all heard the advice over and over again... 

"Eat less and move more." 

Yet is that all there is to the story? 

It seems like if that simple maths equation was the "end all be all" answer to weight loss then everyone would be at their ideal weight with a little effort.

While it is true that the old adage is a good place to start and may even work short term for many men and women you have to adjust your strategy from there. 

Many other factors come into play and what I would like to do is to help shed some light on the question that I hear fairly frequently. 

"Why don"t I lose weight even though I hardly eat anything?"

That is a fair question given the "golden rule" that we are always handed... so let us go exploring how by starving yourself you can end up fatter!


I think that most of you have a basic idea of what metabolism is?

Those with "higher burn metabolisms" require more calories to maintain or gain weight then those with "lower burn metabolisms." 

So it makes sense then to just cut out a lot of calories for weight loss right? 

Well yes to an extent.

Not All Metabolism Are The Same

See when you restrict your calories beyond a certain point let us say 500 calories below your daily energy expenditure... which for most of us is healthy for a steady weight loss as going above that 500 calories level you can run into problems. 

Initially you may drop weight like gang busters and then you come quickly come to screeching halt!

For this example let us look at someone who burns 2,000 calories a day. 

He or she should likely shoot for 1,500... 1,800 calories a day for quality sustained weight loss and keep in mind that we want FAT loss and not muscle loss.

This person decides they are going to expedite the process and only take in 1,000 calories a day. 

Problems will happen with this approach and here is why...

Starvation Mode

This is when your body draws upon the ancient evolution of our ancestry. 

You are not getting anywhere near the calories you need to perform the daily tasks at hand much less the extra exercise... your body is going to pull the emergency brake on your metabolism and it is going come to slow down fast.

Fat v Muscle

Now that your metabolism has gone into "survival mode." 

Your brain is going to have to make some tough decisions... hold onto your fat stores during this famine now remember your brain has gone into starving mode and it will now select burn off your muscle... which is packed with protein and store fat. 

With that said it is kind of a no brainer for your bodies brain... your stored body fats purpose is to provide energy at a slow sustained pace and muscle can be catabolized and broken down for energy. 

The end result is that your body will burn off the quality muscle and hold onto fat. 

Ever heard of the term "skinny fat?"

The medical term for this is MONW or "metabolically obese normal weight" which I prefer to refer to as being a skinny fat person. 

It means you are under lean yet over fat and not enough muscle and too much fat... especially belly fat. 

It seems it is better to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape.

I think we can all agree that the "skinny fat" frail build is not what you are going for.

Nutritional Deficiency

Another consideration that you need to keep in mind is the potential for nutritional deficiencies. 

It can be challenging enough to get all the vitamins... minerals... photo nutrients that you need with a diet ample in calories... strip those all away and it is a high probability that you are going to put yourself into a nutritional deficit of one form or another. 

Health issues usually follow sometimes quickly sometimes further down the road.

Hormonal Imbalance... Stress Response

By putting yourself into "starvation mode" as mentioned above another ugly consequence is hormonal imbalances including the stress response hormone... cortisol.

Cortisol is a necessary hormone that fluctuates throughout the day... it is involved in many functions such as body temperature regulation... glucose regulation... inflammatory regulation... etc. 

Ideally it acts in symphony with all the other hormones of your body. 

It is also known as the "stress hormone" as it increases spikes when you are under duress whether real or imaginary... I mean you are not usually being chased by a tiger.

Going overboard with calorie restriction is stressful to the body to say the least and it is no wonder that cortisol levels go through the roof as your body is trying to "hold out" until the perceived famine is over.

We have already talked about catabolism... breaking down the tissue and cortisol is the king of muscle wasting fat storage. 

See how you have this nasty circle.

This is just one of the many hormones that will become imbalanced.... you also have increased estrogen... insulin and more... it truly is stressful to your body.

What Is The Answer?

By now you know that the answer is NOT excessive calorie restriction as part of a weight loss program as a strategy that is healthy to your body and to burn of excess body fat. 

Keeping around 500 calories below what your expending on a daily basis is a HEALTHY way for most men and women to loss weight and burn of body fat... with out sending signals to your brain to go into "starvation mode" and for the brain to start burning of your "muscle" instead of body fat.

Remember that life is not a sprint it is a marathon. 

Short term success with diets and weigh loss usually over 90% of the time end with the person gaining more weight than he or she had to start with.

Health... Fitness And Wellness Are Long Term 

If you want to burn fat you must develop healthy eating habits you can maintain over the long haul.

Going on starvation diets just to lose weight will not work to transform your body. 

You end up having what you are trying to avoid... weight gain.

If you have never tried a starvation diet you are not missing anything except misery. 

And if you are consistently eating too much that is misery and weight gain too... food is meant to nourish and energize your body and it should be enjoyed in the right portions.

Invest in yourself and take the time to create life long habits that will serve you and the ones you love.

As ever always take care of your Mental Health and Physical Fitness. 

You do have the power!

And practically speaking... that completes my conversation for this article.

Have you any thoughts or comments you would like to share with me on what I have written?

I would love to hear from you.

Thank you and may you enjoy a Loving... Prosperous and Dynamic day!

Yours Sincerely

Ange Fonce

1... A person with a penchant for Science... creativity... books... writing... communication... fitness... sexing... sexuality... human relationships... psychology... physiology and any other area involving heavy use of the Intellect.

2... A bright person and Intelligent!

3... Ange is Dynamic Peak Performance Personal Development Coach... Sexologist who works with those men and women who desire to personally develop themselves and their relationships to become creators of their own life... relationships and wealth! 

4... As ever always leave a man or a woman all the better for knowing you. 

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