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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Does Skipping Meals Really Help You Lose Weight?

Skipping Meals Doesn't Help You Lose Weight

It seems to make sense that the less you eat, the less body fat you will accumulate. Generally speaking, that is true. But taking it to the extreme by fasting will not produce the expected results. Here's why.

Your body has a built-in metabolism, which refers to the rate at which body fat turns to energy. Too many calories will put the metabolism on overload which ends up storing the extra fat. Eating fewer calories will enable the body's metabolism to process the fat into energy without storing additional  fat. However, if you eat very little or stop eating, this process will actually reverse itself.

Initially, by eating very little or nothing at all, the body will quickly turn the fat into energy and you will lose weight at a rapid pace. But very soon, within a few days, the body will go into what is known as starvation mode. It recognizes the change in intake and begins to slow down the metabolism in order to stretch the calories as far as possible. Not knowing when the next meal is coming, it will hang onto calories and begin to store fat.

This process is very different in each person and will vary based on size, weight, exercise, and age. Every body needs a different amount of calories. A person who is sedentary requires fewer daily calories than a person who exercises regularly. Exercise burns more calories, so people who exercise need to consume more. An average daily calorie intake is about 2000 calories. Bare minimum is around 1200. Body builders can consume over 3,000 calories per day. How quickly the body goes into starvation mode depends on how many calories you normally consume. A body builder who is used to consuming 3000 calories a day and then drops calories down to 1200 would quickly go into starvation mode.

The other process that happens is when you decide to eat again, it will take the metabolism a while to catch up. The body is in its slow calorie-burning metabolism. So food will be processed at a slow metabolism rate and end up being stored as fat.

The best way to lose weight is by eating healthy, eating regularly, and exercising. You simply cannot trick the body into doing something that it was not designed to do. Work with your body by giving it the calories it needs for a normal functioning metabolism for long-term best results in weight loss.
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