Not Eating For Weight Loss
Few phrases are more synonymous with weight loss than “not eating.” In fact, most people tend to assume that once one goes on a diet that it means “not eating period” or, at the very least, “not eating anything good.” But surprisingly, this may be the worst thing you can do in your quest for healthy living and weight loss.
A Matter of Simple Logic Or Isn’t It?
Among the classic examples of those who refuse to eat and hope that through starvation they will lose weight are the anorexics. And from a common sense perspective, it seems to work. After all, calorie burning is just a simple math equation, right? Weight loss is nothing more than burning more calories than you consume, right?
One of the worst things you can do to your body is not eating for weight loss; not giving it enough energy to perform its’ vital functions.
The Wonder of the Human Body
Calories and calorie counting are not precise. And it’s not for lack of trying. They can’t be any more precise than they are because the body is a marvelous adaptive engine. You see, if you only give your body a little food, then your body will do the best it can to make do with what it has, and it does this by slowing down your metabolism.
What this means is that your body will refuse to burn any more fat cells and will instead slow down your metabolism to the point that it is barely crawling along. In his recommendations for weight loss, healthy living, and nutrition, Dr. Joseph Mercola warns against this starvation mechanism which occurs when your body does not have enough to support itself. The result is that you will lose even less weight than before. In Ori Hofmekler’s “Cure Your Cravings By Ignoring This Widely Followed Conventional Advice,” Dr. Mercola comments on the importance of providing sufficient and nutritious foods to give your body exactly what it needs.
Defeating the Urge
Sometimes, in the zeal to lose weight, the greatest difficulty is to eat enough. This reason is twofold. On the one hand, you may struggle because you do not want to gain any more weight, and on the other, you may be afraid that if you eat anything then you will not be able to hold yourself back.
The psychology behind our eating habits as well as the biology are both valid and vital studies. Mike Geary analyzes these areas and offers strategies to mastering both in his Truth About Abs.
To succeed, bear these principles in mind:
- You are more than just a person trying to lose weight.
- You need good energy to survive and thrive.
- Weight loss is a good goal, but healthy living is even more important.
- Overindulgence is not a problem if you remember that you are eating for nourishment, not pleasure. You can enjoy what you eat, but you can and will stop when you have enough. You do not have to overindulge to enjoy your food.
- Overindulgence is not a reward worthy of all your hard work and effort, but neither is starvation and weakness.
For Those Of You Who Still Aren’t Convinced
While some of you probably believe me, chances are there at least a few of you who don’t. So let me give you an idea of what will happen if you don’t eat enough in your weight loss quest. These are just a few of the side effects you can expect to encounter:
- Metabolism shutting down
- Bad breath
- Acne and cyst formation
- Digestive problems
- Heart irregularities
Eating healthy and eating enough are essential for healthy living. The benefits from weight loss will be greatly marginalized and even slowed if you fail to do this. Don’t sabotage your weight loss attempts by starving yourself.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, “A Better Way To Lose Weight” Fitness Peak, http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2011/01/22/should-i-eat-anything-after-dinner-if-i-want-to-lose-weight.aspx (2011).
Ori Hofmekler, “Cure Your Cravings By Ignoring This Widely Followed Conventional Advice,” Fitness Peak, http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2011/01/22/should-i-eat-anything-after-dinner-if-i-want-to-lose-weight.aspx (2011).
Mike Geary, Truth About Abs, http://www.truthaboutabs.com/testimonials.html (2012).