If you have been trying to lose weight for quite some time now, you would have definitely heard of the term starvation mode by now. To tell you in brief, what it means is that if you avoid eating enough amount of food, your body starts thinking that you are starving. Thereafter, in order to conserve energy, it automatically slows down the natural metabolic rate and starts conserving fat by metabolizing the lean body mass instead.
To many, this may seem to be counterintuitive. The whole point of human body conserving fat is that it can count on that fat content in the times of famine. Whenever you eat very little quantities of food, your body automatically starts burning fat content and retains the muscle mass, the exact reason why you lose weight when you are on a certain diet plan.
It is only if you deplete your fat content to very low level and consume very little calories every day, your body resorts to burning lean muscle mass. Women normally reach critically low levels of body fat when the overall fat content of their body is around 13% of their overall body weight. This is considered extremely low. Even seasoned ramp models don’t have fat levels as low as that. Many scientific tests have revealed that these models usually have 16% body fat content and that figure has also been verified by DEXA scans.
The clear message that goes out here is that unless you reach body fat level which is even lower than competitive ramp models, your body is unlikely to get into starvation mode. Please keep in mind that even if you get to that very low body fat level, you will still need to diet further to reduce your daily calorie intake to a level that your body gets into starvation mode.
Although it is an acceptable idea that lowering down one’s natural metabolic rate and regularly using lean body mass requires extremely low-calorie daily diet and very low body fat content. However, an important thing that must be considered here is the concept of balance. It is advisable to never get onto the extreme side of anything or it may result in unpleasant consequences. The same goes for dieting as well. If you diet in an extreme manner, it too will have adverse effects.
Hence, women should avoid severely restricting their calorie intake for any more than five days at a stretch. To avoid any negative consequences, try making up for the lost calories on the sixth day. Rather, it’s a better idea to eat seriously restricted diet only for two days at a stretch.
The main idea here is to create some sort of calorie deficit so that body resorts to burning of fat content. When you get back on a normal healthy diet, your body resets the whole system, resets the hormone levels and hence you feel healthier and happier than before.
John Barban in her Venus Factor program advises women to avoid restricting their calorie intake for no more than five days in a row. You can refer her guide to get many more great insights and lose weight on a consistent basis.
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