Myth = Starving or tremendously cutting down calories seems simple and to the point. Most people believe that the pounds will just drop off quicker. This is not the case!
Starving deprives the body of nutrients it needs for life and can lead to serious illness and is a dangerous strategy (see Basal Metabolic Rate in previous post entitled: Weight Loss Myths and Facts: Skipping Meals is a Good Way to Lose Weight.) As well, you tend to lose muscle mass, not fat.
Severely limiting your caloric intake forces the body to protect itself by lowering its’ metabolism, making it very difficult to lose weight. When the body thinks its suffering from famine, it immediately kicks into gear to protect you and will not make it easy to get rid of excess weight. Even if you do lose pounds, you gain them back almost immediately, eventually you will have to give your body what it needs and it is likely you will end up overeating to compensate for the starving.
Fast weight loss is usually one or two pounds of fat and five or six pounds of water, muscle or stored carbohydrate. When the diet is over, the lost muscle is usually regained as fat and metabolism is decreased over time. Each time this cycle is repeated with chronic dieting, the effect is multiplied and the results less effective, which in turn can lead to depression.
Side effects of starving include light-headedness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.
My Personal Common Sense Weight Loss Success Tip: Frankly, I don’t recommend diets and counting calories, they just don’t work in the long run. However, if you are hell-bent on losing weight this way, then you need to understand that you can’t let your body think you are stranded on an island with no food. The strategy is to take in enough calories a day to lose half a pound to a pound a week. To lose half a pound a week, you need to reduce your daily intake by 250 calories and 500 calories for a pound a week.
Action Step to Successful Weight Loss: Do not go on a calorie reducing diet! Eat food, not too much, mostly plants; physical activity, not too little, mostly walking; enjoy life, always, mostly love!
And as always, I look forward to your feedback and words of wisdom.
Monday’s Myths/Facts Types of Food: Nuts are fattening and you should not eat them if you want to lose weight.
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