When it comes to dieting, starving yourself is never the answer. In fact, it only does your body more harm than good. However, if you stick to a diet that is too low in calories, often known as “starvation mode,” this doesn’t mean you won’t burn any calories—it just means that your metabolism will adjust slightly but not enough to keep losing more weight.
What leads to “starvation mode”?
- When you cut your calorie intake, your metabolism slows down and therefore burns less food to convert into energy.
- When your calories are severely restricted, the body thinks it’s entering a prolonged period of time without any food, thus slowing your metabolism.
- When you begin to consume very few calories (below 1,200) this is when experts say you begin to enter starvation mode since your body starts to conserve energy.
Restricting calories during weight loss lowers metabolism because the body starts to require fewer calories to perform the daily functions needed for survival. At the same time, this is what can slow the rate at which you anticipate losing weight.
Remember that a starvation diet doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of food; rather it means cutting the total caloric intake to less than 50% of what your body requires. If you need to lose weight, it is crucial that you starting eating less and exercise more. Do it the healthy way and you’ll see results.