How come every time I diet to lose weight, it gets tougher to burn off the fat each time?
Because dieting – if done improperly – will stomp your metabolism into the ground!
Simply stated, your body has learned to become “thrifty” and adapted to its situation.
Dieting to Lose Weight
Let me use a real-life illustration to make this perfectly clear: Right now, you’ve got a job and living expenses. You’re accustomed to a certain standard of living, and the rent and bills get paid.
Well, what would happen if you suddenly lost your job?
Hopefully, if you’re an intelligent and resourceful person, you’d find another way of obtaining income. In the meantime, you’d cut back on some or all of your spending (or find ways to hack away the “non-essentials”) to make sure that the rent and bills still get paid, so that you don’t end up with the electricity cut off or out on the street.
In short, you’d adapt to your newfound situation. It wouldn’t be pleasant or comfortable, but you’d survive until you found that next job.
Your body’s survival mechanism is no different. In fact, the process it undergoes when you go on and off a dieting program is remarkably similar:
Your body has a “household budget” as well – a minimum number of calories that are required to run all of your daily functions, so you don’t die (little things, like digestion, respiration, heartbeats, thinking, elimination, etc.).
Thinking you can bully your body into losing that stubborn fat, you dramatically reduce calorie intake. You start skipping meals. You start to call your morning cup of coffee “breakfast.”
Panic alarms sound loudly throughout your system. Instantly, your liver begins mobilizing and breaking down muscle tissue to create some fast energy (by converting that hard-earned, metabolically active muscle tissue to sugar).
Your body also undergoes other metabolic and hormonal shifts that conserve energy, so it doesn’t have to “spend” as much to keep things running (keeps the costs down).
Your body then stays in this downgraded metabolic state, mostly due to the lost muscle tissue. When you break the diet and return to your “normal” eating habits (95% of people do!), your body is primed to soak up all those calories like a sponge.
Even worse, you accumulate fat faster because your metabolism is lowered (causing you to burn fewer calories daily) and your intake is the same as it was before (not down-adjusted to account for the drop in metabolism).
End result: A fatter, more frustrated you!
Definitely not the outcome we’re looking for.
So what can I do to avoid this scenario?
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