Not Eating But Still Gaining Weight?


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Contrary to popular opinion, severely cutting back your food intake will not result in immediate weight loss. In fact, many people who stop eating for a day or two gain weight rather than lose it. The reason is that the body goes into starvation mode when you don't get enough food. Instead of shedding fat, it holds onto it and burns muscle tissue. What is more, the metabolism also slows down, making it harder to lose weight in the future.

While there are many reasons why people want to lose a few pounds in a few days, the fact is that weight loss quickly is usually regained just as quickly. If you want to not only shed pounds but also keep them off, you need to adopt a nutritious diet and stick with it long-term. This does not mean starving yourself or only eating low-fat foods; to the contrary, you will need foods from all food groups, including foods that contain healthy fats. You will need to eat three square meals a day and your diet should include proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. The only things you will need to cut back or cut out are unhealthy foods such as sugary sweets, oily snacks and processed foods.

If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, then adopt a healthy diet. A balanced, nutritious diet will not only help you shed pounds but also strengthen your immune system, boost your energy levels and provide you with the physical and mental energy you need to work, exercise and enjoy the company of family and friends. While a short-term crash diet may give you the temporary pleasure of seeing your weight go down by a few pounds, only a balanced diet will enable you to stay fit and looking good both now and in the future.

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