One of the unfortunate myths that has been propagated over the years is that weight loss is solely centered around a lack of calories. In other words, many still believe that simple starvation is the most effective way to lose weight. It is about time that we finally dispel with this myth. So, here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t starve yourself to lose weight:
Lack of Nutrients
When we starve ourselves, it is obvious that we will not receive the vital nutrients that our bodies need to stay in top condition. So, we will become susceptible to a potential host of illnesses. However, this problem goes much deeper.
When our systems encounter a lack of nutrients, calories and energy, they will procure it from internal sources. These can be our organs, our muscles and even our bones. While this may equate to weight loss, it is much more than fat that we are losing.
Of course, most of us will encounter hunger pains during any diet. Still, the pains associated with a simple starvation regimen can be much more severe. You may believe that you can endure the pain (and perhaps you are correct).
Still, such discomfort will make it even more tempting to stray from your plan and ultimately binge on foods that you would have otherwise avoided. In effect, these pains can actually sidetrack your diet before you reach the results that you desire.
Another profound (and possibly dangerous) result of a starvation diet is damage to your organs. As our internal systems need an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly, a lack of these substances can have a profound and long-lasting effect.
Organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas are particularly at risk. Also, let’s not forget that the stomach will continue to produce acid. Without the presence of food, this caustic liquid can quickly eat away at its protective lining. Ulcers may be the end result.
The “Rebound Effect”
Many dieters are well aware of this danger. When you eliminate the consumption of food, cravings may very well go away over time (the stomach itself will shrink).
However, you are many times more likely to engorge yourself upon unhealthy foods once you reach your target weight; not only can this be a massive shock to the system, but it may very well cause a disproportional weight increase in a short amount of time. Simply stated, you can negate all of the suffering that you had previously endured.
It is not only the body that suffers. Your brain will be deprived of essential minerals such as sodium, potassium and iron. Your levels of alertness will drop. You will feel sluggish and “foggy”. In turn, your work may suffer. You can even experience bouts of depression and mood swings. Naturally, these consequences are hardly worth the false benefits of starvation.
These five reasons need to be remembered during any dietary programme. Not only is starvation unnatural, but it is decidedly unhealthy. As opposed to eliminating calories altogether, it is always better to choose a prudent dietary alternative. In a very real way, your short- and long-term health is simply not worth the numerous risks that starvation will bring.