starvation diet

Starvation Diet

Not many people can dare try starvation diet. As humans, we spend our entire lives hustling because our stomachs must be fed. That is why these two statements are both correct: we eat to live, and we live to eat.

When it comes to food matters, our bodies are very strict about the way we nourish them. Once you are still alive, your biological clock accurately keeps its time. When the stomach gets empty, the clock activates hunger to send a strong signal that it’s time to feed the body.

Intentionally delaying food intake for longer periods isn’t something one could feel prouder doing it. But if you are extremely desperate to lose weight ASAP, then the starvation diet could help you to accomplish that mission. Except that, it won’t be there to share the negative consequences that would likely spring from such a careless move. Even as scary it sounds; the diet is very popular among weight loss tips.

Before we venture into this weird and dangerous diet, let’s understand the changes that are bound to occur in your body when you attempt to go hungry for hours.

Effects of Starving

In essence, the whole starvation diet boils down to intermittent fasting. Immediately, the body realizes that it’s being deprived of calories; it puts up an emergency plan of protection by going into a “famine mode”. Since the body can’t predict when it would be fed with the right calorie quantity, at the advent of starvation, the available calories are conserved for future usage.

When you don’t break the fast early, slimming down follows automatically. Another effect of starving has a lot to do with likely slowdown of metabolism – that is, the chemical reactions that occur in body cells. Apart from the possible drop in metabolic rate, serotonin levels would also take a nosedive.

The drop in serotonin neurotransmitter will give victims sad feelings, depression and further appetite disorders. When you reach this low mental state, your emotional energy will be at its barest minimum. You will lack motivation. Even though you would definitely have some temporary weight loss results to show, sooner or later, you would be back to square one.

The Starvation Diet Plan

Now that you are abreast with the repercussions of longer periods of starving, if you are still ready to experiment it, then here is it. Basically, we are going to do the 16/8 intermittent fasting as the starvation diet plan. 24 hours make a full day – the 16/8 means that, in a day, you could deprive yourself of food for 16 hours. For the remaining 8 hours, you are free to eat low-calorie foods.

There are different variations of this eating plan. But the 16/8 version is easier to follow. It’s also thought to be effective at triggering weight loss and fat burning, controlling blood sugar, increasing lifespan, and boosting brain power.

This is how to do a starvation diet. Start on any day of your choice.

Remember you have only 8 hours to eat. Normally, several dieters keep the eating window between 8pm and 12 noon. If you go by this, then it means “no breakfast”.

For the 8-hour eating window, make you eat balanced meals comprising veggies, fruits, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats. Hydrate your body by drinking drinks containing no calories.

The additional benefits of the 16/8 can be found in its flexibility, and then time, money and energy conservation.

 Whether you want to follow this diet for just a day, week, or month, it’s your own decision. But make you sure you do it safely.

NB: On the contrary, if you have fully understood the effects of starving, and you don’t trust your health, please don’t practice the starvation diets.

Also, you need to watch the nature of your 8-hour eating window, by not overloading it with excessive calories. Failure to do so, you would finish the diet with no good results. Don’t be surprised if you even end up getting heavier than you were before.