If you’re counting on skipping meals and keeping your calories down to next to nothing as a means to lose weight, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, you could be turning your body into a fat-storing machine, at least, until it decides to quit on you.
Your body needs a healthy diet, rich with the good stuff (vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber) and even some fats and carbs. If you’re depriving yourself of these key ingredients to health, you’re on a slippery slope to wrecking your body, from the inside out.
Starvation diets are a bad idea, all the way around. The negative effects greatly outweigh any weight you may lose in the beginning. If you’re getting less than 800 calories per day, over time, you’re body will begin to revolt.
Ugly Consequences of Starvation Dieting
- If you’re not getting a healthy combination of foods, rich in the good stuff, your heart, liver and lungs, as well as other organs, will start to take the hit. They’ll start to go wonky, and if you don’t take the hint, they’ll give up altogether
- You’ll be prone to binge eating things that are completely unhealthy for you. If your body is starving it WILL, eventually, talk you into eating a whole pizza over a salad and then cake and then candy bars.
- You’ll begin to gain weight. Your body will freak out and, in an effort to save itself from starving, start to convert any calories you consume into fat, and store it
Bye bye energy. If you’re not fueling up your car, it won’t run. If you’re not feeding you body, it won’t run, either
- Your brain needs food or it won’t play nicely either. Robbing your body of food decreases your glucose levels. Blood glucose is the brain’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. A hungry noodle is an angry noodle. In return for the lack of brain-food, you can expect: headaches, fainting spells, rashes, depression, hair loss, decreased libido and irritability.
I know this isn’t painting a very pretty picture, but that’s totally the point. Your body needs sustenance.
There’s a significant difference between portion control and starvation dieting. Eat three healthy, good-stuff-filled meals per day, around 400 calories each, with smart snacks like nuts, fruits, veggies, cheese or yogurt in between. This keeps the metabolism working and you’ll eat your way to your goal weight without damaging your beautiful body.
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