Myth: Starving Yourself Helps Burn Body Fat
Fact: It’s true that when you don’t eat enough calories, your body will break down stored fat to use as energy. However, when you go off your diet and start to eat normally again, you’ll gain all that weight back.
This happens because depriving yourself of necessary daily calories puts you in physical “starvation mode.” Your body will think that there isn’t enough food available and that you’re starving. When you go off your diet, your body will store even more fat in reserve against future lean periods. You’ll also be more likely to overeat during this period.
To lose weight safely, lose a little at a time; two or three pounds a week is ideal. Don’t deprive yourself of food, and eat at least 1,300 calories per day.
Calculate your body fat. See where you stand.