I was recently talking with a friend who was feeling very frustrated about her lack of progress losing weight, despite her very strenuous efforts. I knew there had to be somewhere that she was missing it, so I began asking questions like…”How often are you working out, about how many calories do you think your eating, etc…”
When she told me she was working out 6 days a week, and eating about 1,300 calories a day~ it was no surprise to me why her weight wasn’t budging…for more than one reason! However, to sum it up, I knew she was not eating enough!
This seems very strange to most people, especially the average person with a ‘dieting mentality’ who has the ever-so-common belief that eating less= losing weight. This is not all there is to losing weight, and if anything, this is simply not true!
I know from personal experience that eating ‘more’ had transformed my body for the better, and I can honestly say that my metabolism is on fire compared to what it used to be when I restricted my calories. However, I decided to do a little more scientific research on this subject to ‘actually prove’ to my friend that she in fact needed to eat more to ‘boost’ her weight loss efforts.
I was alarmed at the amount of research I found proving my theory (and personal experience) true, so I decided to share my findings on the subject! If you are anything like my friend and you find your weight ‘at a stand-still’ despite your intense workouts, and cutting the calories~ this may be just the news for you!
HERE’S WHAT I FOUND BROKEN DOWN INTO A FEW SIMPLE POINTS:
Moral of the story: You can eventually lose weight by not eating~ It’s called starving. If you reduce your calories enough~ your body will start breaking down it’s muscle tissue, and this will result in weight loss~ but much of this weight loss is due to a loss of lean muscle. Not eating enough also makes your body increase its emergency ‘starvation’ response, which causes your body to ‘hang onto fat’, making it hard to loose weight, and easy to gain the weight back again.
The idea is to keep a constant supply of nutrient rich energy coming in, so your metabolism will run strong and steady. This will not only help you loose weight the healthy way, but it will help you keep it off, and stay strong!