Why You Don’t Have To Starve To Lose Weight


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This is how it usually works: among a fat woman’s relatives and acquaintances who comment on every facebook photo of hers with “What a beauty!”, there is always a scoundrel who will tell the truth: “What a fat cow!” The fat woman will cry and decide not to eat anything but leaves for the next day. By this, contributing to her own death.

In especially bad cases of complete ignorance about losing weight she will also drink weight-loss teas, buy “lose weight in a week” sets in a drugstore, eat only one type of food (apples, for example), attend special procedures (from weight-losing massage to weight-shaking machines), melt fat in saunas (or in white wine) and even have punctures with “Dr. Mulhina’s wonder-needle”.

How wonderful it would be, if all these useless activities could be replaced with sheer realization of a simple phrase: “There is no magic. Your weight is just difference between received and spent calories”. It’s important to add: a balance in this difference is needed.

Don’t starve, eat

When the “cow” from our example is offended by the truth and begins to consume slightly more than zero calories with the whole power of her offence, the yo-yo effect is launched in her body. The effect has numerously been described in thousands of articles (google it – it’s all the same stuff in different words).

During starvation diets you lose weight mostly due to lymphoid tissue and muscle fiber loss, but not fat loss. Fat doesn’t give in and leaves your body last. And not from the area you’ve been massaging, but from where the nature has it (we’ve written about in Why you can’t lose weight locally)

Weight loss during starvation, of course, will be obvious, but this loss will be bound to return with bigger harm and more weight. A starvation diet always ends the same way: with an eating breakdown. Firstly, because it’s impossible to cut down your calorie consumption abruptly to 500-700 (and even 1200-1500) calories a day, secondly, this will happen due to the growing nutrient loss-caused depression.

Yo-yo effect

And the saddest result of starvation is muscle loss. As a result of eating breakdown the person returns the weight primarily with fat. This means that one will look worse than they used to look before the diet with the same weight (muscles are “heavier” than fat), one’s daily calorie norm will decrease, and it will become more difficult to fit into it, not continuing to gain weight.


The toy, after which the effect was called

This is what’s called the yo-yo effect, when with every starvation and weight-loss cycle a person loses more and more muscles and gains more and more fat. There’s even a graph that illustrates the effect.


The weight increases with each dieting cycle

What to do?

The recipes are very simple and have been described by FitScientist numerous times. If you want to lose weight, follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Find out your daily calorie norm. It’s easy to do: click the link “Calorie norm calculation” right under the FitScientist’s logo and type in your figures.
  2. Count the calorie content of everything you eat for a while. This is needed to evaluate, how many calories you consume a day in your “regular mode”, and to learn to adequately imagine the caloric value of the food you usually eat.
  3. Cut down the calories that exceed your norm. With simple and less harsh methods: exclude fatty and harmful food from your diet (find more on what to eat and what not to eat in the article “An old body in a new way”). You can also follow role models: Russian fit girls. You mustn’t starve, don’t decrease the caloric value of the food you consume more than 20% below your norm, it’s better to maintain a consistent slight deficit.
  4. Exercise. You can either just burn calories (by doing any aerobics: jogging, jumping, swimming) or burn calories and pump muscles as well (don’t be afraid of over-pumping – it’s impossible, if you don’t inject steroids). Then your caloric norm will increase, and it will become easier to fit into it and to continue losing weight.

If you thoughtfully follow these 4 simple steps, in 3-6- months not only you, but all those around will notice dramatic changes in your body, and if you continue doing so for the rest of your life, your body will look perfect forever. Also, the right diet will turn into a natural habit, and eventually it won’t be necessary to control your calories any more.


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