Do you know how many calories you consume daily?
There are 3500 calories in 1lb. If you take in 2,000 calories one day and only burn 1,500 calories you have a balance of 500 calories. If you continue this cycle for 7 days, you’ll gain 1 lb. in a week.
7 x 500 = 3500
The average American eats more than they need to consume. To compensate they try to starve themselves for a day or two to get rid of the unwanted weight.
When you starve yourself you are doing more damage than good. I know most think, “I’m not taking in calories so I am losing fat.” WRONG! You are losing more than fat.
If you do not provide your body with essential nutrients, you will head down a long path of other issues you never saw coming.
Yes, you can fast. Fasting is a healthy habit, but starving yourself for the sake of losing weight without a schedule and not sticking to a plan is risky.
There are many ways to fast, just check the Internet. But, there are also okay ways to fast and even really bad ways to fast. What we are talking about is starving yourself to lose weight.
Typically women will just not eat breakfast and then eat a light lunch and a larger dinner. But, this doesn’t mean they will succeed at this type of meal plan for long. Eventually, their bodies will begin to crave food, and then what happens, most women will overeat in the evenings. They’ve pushed their calories off for so long they cave with their hunger and it overtakes their dinner plate.
Of course, there are eating disorders that we want to stay away from (Bulimia & Anorexia) due to their severe side effects, and starving yourself can lead to just that. The propensity to fall into an eating disorder.
If you provide your body with no calories—or too few—you will be depriving your body of important nutrients that will cause issues in the future.
Think of your body like a savings account at a bank. The more you invest, the greater the outcome. If you live off coffee and drinks for most of your day, then just consume a light salad in the evening, you aren’t getting enough in your bank account to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Sure, you may look thinner, but you’ll have more issues down the road because you didn’t eat the right amount of nutrients.
On top of that, your body begins shutting down any inessential systems so it can use the fuel it does have for the essentials. This includes even your immune system, making you highly susceptible to disease.
If you are trying to gain muscle, look cut, and healthy, you want to retain as much muscle as possible and lose fat, then here is the simplest way to lose weight through your nutrition:
Consume as many vegetables as possible with some lean protein. You’ll have no problem keeping the weight off this way.
(But who wants to do that? This is the key. Not really anyone – unless you’ve conditioned yourself to do this.) If you can condition yourself to starve, then you can condition yourself to eat more veggies.