Why Weight Loss STOPS with Severe Calorie Restriction Diets

Severe calorie restriction diets and quick weight loss will leave you fatter and less healthy in the long-run.  And, you will feel miserable during the process.  Who needs or wants that!?  



The less food you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, right?  Yes, until this process stops working for you. 

If you lose 40 pounds in 20 days, it will be mainly muscle mass loss and some water weight. Your body fat will still be there.

Starvation slows the fat-burning process. Your body relies on the nutrients in whole, natural foods for fuel. When you starve yourself, it 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.

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.

The weight lost from starvation diets almost always comes back. Starvation slows your metabolism and it can take months for it to return to normal. As soon as you start eating again, you’ll likely gain all of the weight you lost back, and more. In the end, you’ll wind up bigger than you were before you started starving.

Eating just 800-1,000 calories a day for a period of even 7 days will cause your body to shift into survival mode. It thinks you are starving and stores fat to survive.

The best way to lose weight and maintain it is to regularly strength train (including bodyweight exercises), do interval cardio exercise and eat managed, healthy meal plans.  Strength training will build muscle and you will burn fat and lose weight over time.

And, the good thing is that the fat will not come back as long as you maintain your weight training, cardio and nutrition habits.

The muscle-building and fat burning process takes longer, but the effects are lasting. And you will be much healthier. The fringe benefit? You will love your lean body!

Physicians and health professionals agree that the key to long-term health is proper nutrition and regular exercise.

Consistent severe calorie restriction dieting:

  • Slows metabolism
  • Weakens immune system
  • Creates hormonal imbalances
  • Aggitates the nervous system
  • Generates loss of muscle mass
  • Increases body fat, decreases energy levels
  • Disrupts sleep patterns
  • Provides short term results
  • Initiates yo-yo weight loss and regain

That sounds like bad stuff to me.....and its not worth wrecking your body to lose quick pounds!

About Mark

About-Mark-Dilworth-and-YFU

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

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.