Starvation Mode… dunn dunn dunn.. I have heard so many people talk about this and have heard many try and explain what it is, along with so many myths.. I’m here to explain what it is and how to stop/prevent it.
Starvation Mode: aka survival mode (aka Bear Grills Mode), famine response, and adaptive thermogenesis (the regulated production of heat in response to environmental changes in temperature and diet, resulting in metabolic inefficiency.)
So, basically if you don’t eat enough, you will in turn have an inadequate amount of energy for your body and it’s response is to go into “starvation mode”. I cannot count how many times I have heard people say (mostly women.. sorry but you know it’s true) “I want to lose weight fast so I’m going to start working out and eat nothing!” ATTENTION THIS DOES NOT WORK! Yes, it will work when you’re younger, but the permanent long term damage it can cause to your body is horrible and near impossible to reverse.
The more you workout, the more you have to eat. Burning more calories and using energy is multiplied when you start training- this means the body needs more fuel/energy. This is why you see all those ripped and jacked up people constantly eating and they have a full meal every couple of hours. If your food intake is too low to meet your bodies energy requirements, the body starts accessing inside sources (this= bad news bears). It will attempt to access fat stores first, and in the highest proportion, which doesn’t sound bad at first- but only if you have a lot of fat to spare. If you have a lot of fat stores, most of the energy will come from fat, and a little from muscle. BUT if you have less fat stores, some will still come from fat, but a higher percentage will come from lean tissue… muscles. The leaner you get, the more difficult it is for the body to access fat quickly.
As I said early, this can have devastating long term effects on your body, primarily your metabolism. As your body continues to go into starvation mode it will react by slowing it’s metabolism down to keep what fuel you have left, burning slower to last longer (because your body literally thinks it’s starving). And you know that thing called ‘metabolism’ in your body that controls your calorie burning, right? Well, slow this thing down and your try at losing weight will drastically slow down too. The more your metabolism slows, the less food you will be able to consume, even when just trying to stay at the weight you are, without gaining additional weight. It’s a scary thing. What’s scarier is that the roller coaster you’re putting your metabolism on… once the ride starts and stops and starts and stops.. after a while it won’t start again. Your metabolism will actually start to become so slow that it will be at such a low burning rate that for the rest of your life all you’ll be able to eat is grass… no one likes grass.. deer and cows are only supposed to eat that crap. (But the saddest thing to me is that I hear this “I’m not eating” bs from women and men who really don’t need to lose any weight at all). Once this process begins your body begins to store fat and burn muscle. HORRIBLE. You know why ‘shredded’ people don’t have any fat? Muscle burns fat, so the more muscle you have- the more fat you burn-> the more fat you burn- the more shredded you’re going to be. This also works vise versa- the less muscle you have- the less fat you burn and more fat you will have. That’s why I ALWAYS stress to lift heavy!! The more muscle you gain and train the more fat you burn until your body literally becomes a fat burning machine!
Think of food as fuel for our bodies, just like fuel is for a car. You can’t drive a car on an empty tank right? Well your body can’t run on an empty tank either. Your body is your car and food is your fuel- to burn calories you must consume calories. So next time you think about crash dieting and not eating, think about how horrible your life will be when you’re older and for lunch you’ll be chillin with the cows in their pasture eatin grass.. think about it.
because seriously… how good does that look??