My body is in starvation mode

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Has my body gone into starvation mode?


Hey Guys,

Today we thought we’d look at a common nutrition myth that gets passed about regularly; starvation mode – you might have come across it yourself?

Starvation mode, is it a thing?

If I don’t eat enough, my body will go into starvation mode. Heard this statement before? It got bandied about quite a bit and still does but does it hold any relevance?

Starvation mode refers to the scenario that if you’re in a large calorie deficit, your body starts holding on to fat and might even start to cause fat gain even if you’re in a calorie deficit. This has been a reason many have given for their struggles with weight loss. There’s just one caveat – starvation mode isn’t a real thing…

One study that cleared this up for us was one known as The Minnosota Starvation study. It dates back to World War II where war starvation effects were studied on individuals. For a full year, they observed what happened to individuals who were put on very low calories (kCals). As you’d imagine, all of them lost weight and continued to do so as they continued to experience starvation. If ‘starvation mode’ existed, this of course would not have been the findings, the participants would have stopped losing weight and some may have gained body fat.

When it comes to weight loss, if you achieve a calorie deficit that is that you’re burning less calories than you consume and it’s a deficit you can stick to, you will lose weight. Weight loss comes down to this principle. If you find that you’re not losing weight, you’re not in the deficit you think you are or the deficit that has been calculated for you is off. That is why it’s so important, irrespective of what your goals are really, that you find a method that works for you and that you can stick to.

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