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No Need to Starve Yourself

Updated: Oct 14, 2023



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Many people believe that in order to lose weight, it has to be a painful process. That to shift those stubborn pounds, you must starve yourself. Many are afraid to even set a weight loss goal because the thought of being hungry, frustrates them. Well who can blame them?


Our body is a truly amazing device. Its natural rhythm and internal workings tell us when we are hungry. It has a self protection mechanism that lets you know when you need to stock up on fuel. A hunger signal is the body notifying you that you NEED to eat in order for you to sustain a healthy level of energy and have the reserves necessary for healing, repair and maintenance of your cells. These signals should not be ignored!


Your body has no idea that food is in plentiful supply. Your body is acting the same way your ancient ancestors' bodies worked and not much has changed since then. When your ancient ancestors were living in caves, they relied on their ability to hunt for food to feed themselves. Sometimes they would go days or weeks without a kill and the body would send them warning signals that they were in serious danger. When they did eat, the body immediately, still being in self-preservation mode, stored as much of the energy as it could in reserve - as FAT! Your body works in exactly the same way today.


Starving yourself just doesn’t work. It goes against nature to think that you can starve yourself and lose weight. Of course there are cases where people just don’t take in anywhere near enough food to sustain themselves - and we all know the effects this has on their bodies.


Don’t wait when you feel hungry. If you wait for a long period of time before you eat your body will go into panic mode, thinking that you don’t have enough resources to feed it and you will overeat! Therefore, eating frequent yet smaller meals will help to keep your body satisfied and you will be less likely to over-indulge.


Do not miss a meal in the hope that it will help burn some extra calories. You may believe that by skipping a meal you will save some calories or fat intake, but, as you have seen, the opposite tends to happen.


Did you realize that by skipping meals you are actually slowing down your metabolism? Because your body thinks there is a food shortage it not only stores extra fat but it also slows down the amount of fat it burns. The body’s natural survival instinct is triggered, you put on extra weight and burn fewer calories and fat. As the body burns fat to convert into energy you will find that you become lethargic and tired.


In addition to eating smaller more frequent meals you should also teach yourself to eat slower and chew longer. It can take up to twenty 20 minutes for the body to realize that it is full and completely satisfied. Eating fast and “stuffing“ food into yourself doesn't give you time to recognize the “full“ signal your body is sending your brain. When you eat at a slower pace and become aware of these full signals, you are able to stop yourself from over-eating.


Another key, is to try to avoid having your last meal close to bedtime. [I was advised to 'shut down the factory' by 7pm every night and allow my body a good 12 hours to digest the food before the next meal at breakfast time around 7am].


Another key to consider, is movement. Movement burns calories; movement drains your lymphatic system and stops the toxins from building up. Do we need to spend 2 hours a day in the gym? The good news is that you do not need to do excessive amounts of exercise.


Little tweaks to your daily routine can make a big difference: Walk to a bus stop further away from where you usually catch it; or park the car 5 minutes further away than you usually do. At lunchtime, build in time for a 5 minute stroll; take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the local shop instead of driving. It is easy to complete 15, 30 or even an hours exercise everyday if you split it up like this.


 

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