If you want to burn fat and shape a lean body, eat fat burning foods most of the time. Its that simple. What makes it tough to do? That’s simple too. Bad eating habits.
Breaking bad eating habits is tough to do because they are formed over a long period of time. And, bad food tastes good or we wouldn’t eat it. In an attempt to lose weight, many turn to starvation diets. Unfortunately, starvation diets eventually give you what you’re trying to avoid–weight gain.
If you’ve never tried a starvation diet, you’re not missing anything except misery. Food is meant to nourish and energize your body and it should be enjoyed in the right portions.
Here are 5 habits of those who just want quick weight loss using starvation or fad diets:
1. You never make a commitment to a lifetime of fitness and health. You are too concerned with pounds on the weigh scale. Those who have succeeded at transforming their bodies from fat to lean have health and fitness practices that they do on most days. It becomes a sustainable lifestyle.
2. You will try starvation diets over and over. The less food you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, right? Sorry, but it just doesn’t work this way in the long-run.
Starvation slows the fat-burning process. Your body relies on the nutrients in whole, natural foods for fuel. When you starve yourself for as little as 7 days, your body senses the downward shift in your caloric intake and kicks into starvation mode. When this happens, your metabolism will slow down and your body will hold on to stored fat in order to conserve energy. Eating 1,000 calories a day is starving.
Muscle mass needs more energy to function than fat. Basically, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn. If you continue to starve yourself, your body will feed on your muscle tissue and make it even harder for you to lose weight.
Obviously, if you starve yourself long enough, you’ll have no choice but to lose weight. But the weight loss won’t be healthy, and it will show in your appearance.
And, weight lost from starvation diets always comes back. Starvation slows your metabolism down. And it can take months for it to return to normal. As soon as you start eating properly again, you’ll gain all of the weight you lost, and more. In the end, you’ll wind up bigger than you were before you started starving.
3. Chronic starvation dieters end up with damaged health. If you are eating 1,000 calories a day, that is not enough food to even support your basal metabolic rate.
When you go without food, you don’t get any of the essential nutrients needed for good health. This can result in fatigue, kidney failure, heart failure, gallstones, ulcers, hair loss, muscle weakness and osteoporosis. This is just a short list of the physical problems a starvation diet can cause.
Also, it is not uncommon for extremely calorie-restrictive dieters to struggle with depression, anger, indifference, memory loss, poor concentration, hallucinations and mood swings. Starvation can also increase your chances of suffering with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.
In essence, your health will be a mess if you try to lose weight by starving. The worst part about it is that some of the health issues that arise from starvation diets can cause irreversible damage to your body and require long-term hospitalization or lifelong medical care.
Don’t let the desperation to lose weight push you to go on a starvation diet.
4. You experience weight loss and weight regain many times.
According to a Medicinenet.com article, “Weight Cycling…Facts About “Yo-Yo” Dieting,”
“Weight cycling is the repeated loss and regain of body weight. When weight cycling is the result of dieting, it is often called “yo-yo” dieting. A weight cycle can range from small weight losses and gains (5-10 lbs. per cycle) to large changes in weight (50 lbs. or more per cycle).”
“Some research links weight cycling with certain health risks. To avoid potential risks, most experts recommend that obese adults adopt healthy eating and regular physical activity habits to achieve and maintain a healthier weight for life. Non-obese adults should try to maintain their weight through healthy eating and regular physical activity.”
“Some studies suggest that weight cycling may increase the risk for certain health problems. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and gallbladder disease.”
5. Starvation dieters are not concerned with burning body fat. You must change your body’s composition. You must increase muscle mass to become a “fat-burning machine.” This keeps the weight off your body for good. You don’t need to be a body builder but you need to replace the fat (to an acceptable body fat percentage) on your body with muscle mass. This will give you the lean, healthy body you need.
You must do more than cardio exercise to change your body’s composition. “Cardio only” will not lean out your body. Too much cardio will waste away your muscle mass.
Make a commitment to full-body strength training. Among other things, it builds muscle mass, speeds up your metabolism (the body has to work harder to maintain muscle) and helps improve your bone density. And, you’ll look great.
Stop starving yourself and start eating right. You will never be hungry and you’ll start to see your body shrink to lean.
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Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.