Weight Loss Tip #96- Do not go hungry for too long

Going hungry will NOT help you lose weight! It's true.

You may starve yourself all day to indulge in your favourite dessert at night. But going hungry for too long may sabotage your weight loss goals. Besides, headache and dizziness also accompany when you wait too long to eat. Not having your meals on time can also lead to a drop in your blood sugar levels.

When you starve, your body enters a state of famine where food is unavailable. As a result of this, your metabolism slows down to conserve the energy it has stored. In other words, going hungry holds on to the fat in your body instead of breaking it down and using it as energy[1]. Your appetite also soars, as a result of which you crave more for calorie-dense foods[2]. Starving can backfire and cause you to eat an entire bowl of ice-cream, consuming hundreds and thousands of calories all at one go. Remember that the body will be able to use only so much glucose as energy while the rest of it will get stored as fat.

Including protein, plenty of veggies, fibre-rich carbohydrates and some healthy fats can set you on your path to a healthy weight. So prepare a healthy eating schedule where you eat when you are moderately hungry and eat just enough to feel satisfied. Eating at regular intervals will help you boost your metabolism and help you to drop kilos quickly.

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Disclaimer text does not guarantee any weight loss through this method as the results may vary from person to person. We recommend you consult your nutritionist and physician before following any of the tips suggested here.

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[1] Fichter MM, Pirke KM, Holsboer F. Weight loss causes neuroendocrinedisturbances: experimental study in healthy starving subjects. Psychiatry Res.1986 Jan;17(1):61-72. PubMed PMID: 3080766.

[2] Scheer FA, Morris CJ, Shea SA. The internal circadian clock increases hungerand appetite in the evening independent of food intake and other behaviors.Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar;21(3):421-3. doi: 10.1002/oby.20351. PubMed PMID: 23456944; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3655529.

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