Why starving is not a good idea for losing weight?

Why starving is not a good idea for losing weight?


The article is authored by Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is one of the youngest successful entrepreneurs of India and founder & chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt Ltd  http://www.dietclinic.co.in.


Many believe that excessive eating or eating too much is one the main cause of weight gain, so eating too little or not eating will yield the opposite result. In theory, it might look all right but with all honesty, the fact is that starving is the worst way to lose weight. Starving actually accounts for abnormal weight loss as we deprive the body of essential and valuable nutrients, which could have adverse effects on our health. Starving can also hinder the process of weight loss and have reverse effects.

The consequent dangers of starvation

  1. Decreasing energy levels: with decreasing metabolism due to less intake of food, normal activities become difficult and the body starts putting fewer efforts into doing everything that we tend to do. While maintaining the same intensity level will diminish slowly, eventually, it will be almost impossible to continue further.
  2. Malnutrition: even the best of any dietary supplement needs food to function properly. By cutting too many calories by means of cutting down on our staple diet could lead to serious health hazards and illnesses.
  3. Loss of muscle: when the body does not get the required quantity of energy from food, it uses the stored fats in the body as its last source of energy. In the process of starvation, the first visible loss we could see is with our muscles.
  4. Sleep disorders: people who often starve finds it difficult to get a good night sleep. It is one of the effects of starvation. No position seems to be comfortable as the body is constantly asking for food. It is a serious cause of concern as sleep is one of the most vital components in regards to physical and mental health.
  5. Mood swings: is one of the quick response of the body undergoing starvation. People experience being sad and instantly irritable in such conditions, without any true reason. At times it could turn out to be dangerous as you lose the support of your near and dear ones as people tend to stay away from people who are not always at the best of their moods.

Healthy and effective alternatives to starvation

  1. Take it easy: weight loss goals should focus on long-term affects rather than short-term goals. The easier you get yourself adopted to your diet, the better are the chances of sticking to it for life long. Cut down on foods that you know that you will be able to easily. Spending time with family and friends will help you adapt to your diet plans in a more effective manner and will also help you indulge in some sort of activities rather than staying idle.
  2. Consult a dietician: consulting an expert will always benefit you in understanding your diet and making serious mistakes. It will get you to have a better understanding of how you should go about your diet plan and daily chores.
  3. Get going, get moving: simple activities help you lose many calories. Simple and practical adaptations like climbing stairs then the use of elevators, walk to the nearest grocery store or an evening walk with a friend will surely have positive results. Small changes over long periods of time get the best results.
  4. Chose to eat better: people who adopt diet by choosing to eat better rather than eating less are astonished to see the better results. By changing a little like refusing to eat sugary and fried foods, you can eat more good food and still cut down on calories. It is a proven fact that diet that allows you to eat healthier foods has yield better results than diets that force you to eat less.

Some common symptoms of starving

  • Physical: a headache, constipation, blood eyes, nausea and vomiting, sore throat and low blood pressure symptoms.
  • Mental: insomnia, depression, mood swings and increased stress.

Last but not the least and the most important

Avoid any sort of temptation to starve. With plenty of life-size pictures with fabulous and toned bodies alongside diet programs often makes us feel bad about our own physique without knowing the real truth.

It is important that we should be proud of ourselves and our body, but recognize the changes that are needed to be made and these changes entirely depend upon yourself. With growing tendencies to look lean and fit, eating disorders are becoming more and more common than they were in the past. You can easily avoid this by being a little more realistic and making some smart choices about your diet and focusing on the long run. We all make small mistakes with our diets, but the ability to learn from them is the best weapon. In a similar way, if you are starving, stop immediately learn from it. It is never too late to make the right decision.

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