When it comes to weight loss, people are ready to try anything even if it means starving
themselves. In this world of immediate gratification, people are so desperate to see faster
results on their weighing scale that they go on starvation mode when other diets stop
working. In such starvation diets or extreme diets, they restrict their calorie levels to a far
lower level than what is recommended. But taking this starvation approach to weight loss is
never a solution. It is a short-term fix for a problem that requires long-term methods. Yes,
extreme weight loss by starving yourself is not at all sustainable in the long-term. No doubt,
initially, they might drop pounds rather quickly but regain most of the weight within only a few
Not only the weight bounce back, but chronic starvation diets also have far-reaching
negative effects on the body.
When you starve to lose weight, you actually slow down the metabolism. And this makes it
even harder to accomplish your goals. When the metabolism slows down, the body starts
breaking down the protein reserves, usually muscle, for another energy source. Eventually,
you will lose significant amounts of lean muscle mass. If the state of starvation is maintained
chronically, your bone density decreases which can make you more prone to injury.
When you starve yourself, you actually increase your hunger because doing so can make
your body goes into a survival mode. This causes your cells and body to crave food and you
might end up consuming more food later on which causes weight gain.
Also, by starving, your body does not get the proper nutrients it needs to function well. This
will drop your energy level which will affect your overall performance. Lack of glucose can
also make your insulin levels go out of whack. All of this can further destroy your immunity.
Therefore, starving yourself to achieve weight loss does more harm than good.
By Dr Seema Nanda