Are you starving yourself in order to lose weight? Here’s why you need to stop

Updated on Jul 24, 2019 06:30 PM IST  |  995.6K
   
Are you starving yourself in order to lose weight? Here’s why you need to stop
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Weight loss is an important part of all of our lives. We all want to stay fit and healthy and we keep a constant tab on our weight in order to do that. We constantly work hard to eat right and work out and burn as many calories as we can but sometimes when we just don’t have the time or the patience, we try to look for shortcuts to lose the fat that we have. We just don’t have the time to burn those inches and we can’t just stay the way we are. That’s when we think starving is a great idea.

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Our weight loss requires us to calculate the amount of calorie intake and the calories we burn. But wouldn’t it be much easier if we just didn’t have any calorie intake? This way we think we burn more fat and calories and lose weight quicker and as per our requirement but this may not be the right way of doing things. This die-hard approach at weight loss may not be the right way to go. It may do more harm than you can ever expect.

When you starve yourself, you lose all your energy and start to feel weak and fatigued. You also end up losing your muscle mass. You don’t lose much fat but you end up losing all your muscle mass and your body mass index (BMI) also becomes lower. Losing a significant amount of muscle mass can be the reason behind the loss of bone density. This weakens your bones and makes you more prone to accidents and fractures. Not eating at all can change your metabolism for the worse and slows it down. This is one of the biggest reasons why people who starve themselves end up putting on more weight once they start eating again. They gain rapidly and end up being unhealthy and unfit.

Not eating enough food can lead to your body lacking nutrition. This lowers your BMI and puts you in the range of malnourishment. Moreover, when you don’t eat your mind cannot think straight and all you can think about is food. This can affect your cognitive abilities and also cause high blood pressure due to lack of nourishment. Starving for weight loss is the biggest cause of eating disorders.

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