No matter it’s fitness or fashion, we all wanna look fab, don’t we?!
Colorful picture is worth a thousand words for goods, so I’m going to utilize this post to talk more about foods. Actually, more specifically, I’m going to answer one FAQ: Why is under-eating bad?
1. Sanity. Most people starve by eating little. For example, if someone decides to adhere to a 1000 calorie meal plan, it isn’t going to work for long. Because it always will lead to binging and hate for the plan. We still have a functioning body that warrants proper nutrition after all!
2. Sane weight loss. Losing too much weight too quickly usually leads to negative side effects. It could mean you are losing muscles along with your fat, which is never desired. It also means that your body is going to start resisting your attempts to lose weight a lot sooner. And when the loss stalls, you don’t have much room to create more of a calorie deficit since you are already under-eating.
Over the years, I’ve seen lots of people losing weight/trying to lose weight by under-eating. At first, they may have some early success. But what happens when they plateau? It seems like people are always over-simplifying the body here.
When we restrict energy from our body, it begins to adapt. The initial stages of this adaptation is tissue breakdown and utilization. This is the basis of weight loss. Ideally, we lose all fat. However,in reality, this weight loss is comprised of fat and muscle. Maintaining muscle becomes a challenge the more and more when we restrict our energy intake. This is the basis of why non-obese people should not under-eating at all.
Another big adaptation is the down-regulation of our metabolic rate by under-eating for long time. There is no way around it: As we lose weight, our metabolism gets slower and slower. However, by under-eating, we magnify this process. It happens faster. Sure, we can bust through a plateau by dropping calories even more, but we eventually reach a level where it is impossible to drop anymore without killing ourself, literally and figuratively.
That would be my short and sweet answer to the “food” question. And like what I always said, fitness is a journey, not a destination. Nothing could be achieved overnight, it takes time, efforts, and knowledge to be healthy and fabulous!
Other than that, don’t you love the bag, boots, and pots?! 😀
Pots: Le Creuset