Feast or Famine?
So many clients tell me they feel like their metabolism has slowed down over the years. How can you be eating next to nothing and exercising and the pounds are not coming off? The key issue with that last statement: eating next to nothing. The answer to weight loss is not cutting calories. If the solution were that simple we’d all be slim and the weight loss industry would not be as big as it is today. Cutting calories can lead to short-term weight loss. However, it can also lead to the slowing of your metabolism and future weight gain or weight retention.
I recently talked on my radio show about how our bodies are designed for feast or famine. When you begin to starve yourself, your brain tells your body it is in starvation mode. The brain is telling your body to shut down your metabolism because it doesn’t know when it will go through another famine cycle and needs to hold on to those calories and energy. This is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.
Your weight loss program should be focused on getting your metabolism revved up and not shutting it down. It should focus on getting you the right foods and in fat burning, using fat as an efficient energy source.
Long periods of calorie cutting and yo-yo dieting can damage and slow your metabolism. If you are struggling to get that revved up on your own, contact us and learn how to get that fire burning again!
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Medically reviewed and written by:
Dr. Jason Olafsson