Did you know that restricting calories can cause you to store body fat, making weight loss MORE difficult!? 😡
Our body is equipped with its own starvation defense mechanism, which has evolved over millions of years to protect us during times when food was scarce (a problem most people don’t have today.) When you take in too few calories to support activity and normal physiological functioning, your body adapts by reducing the amount of energy it uses to accomplish tasks. Your body may also turn to lean muscle mass for energy in order to conserve its valuable fat stores, just in case it doesn’t receive more food anytime soon.
Your body’s adaptation causes your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which accounts for more than 60% of the calories your body burns daily, to slow down. This, in turn, causes you to burn fewer calories even if you are performing the same daily tasks. In addition, the gradual loss of muscle mass further diminishes your body’s calorie-burning ability because the body uses more calories to maintain lean muscle mass than it does fat mass.
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