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Starvation Mode – Things You Need to Know

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Introduction - What Is Starvation Mode or Diet? Is It A Myth?

If you are one of those people who suffer from the problem of being obese, or if you are one of those who are actively involved in a diet program, chances are you may already be familiar with the term ‘starvation mode’. However, there are often some people out there who do not really understand what this term really means. Due to this lack of understanding, there have even been plenty of scientists who have been calling starvation mode a myth at one time and a reality another time. Therefore, it will be wise to start with what the term represents at first before moving on further with it. Unlike what plenty of people may assume wrongly, starvation mode, or diet, does not mean not eating completely. Instead, it means to cut off the calorie intake a person may consume by some extent. Oftentimes, people cut their calorie intake so that the amount of it within their body does not even reach half of the amount the body needs. However, if you try to find the meaning of this particular term in scientific journals, do not be surprised if you seem to have a hard time doing so. The reason is pretty simple, it is because the term mentioned above is a term used by the average people. Scientific journals, on the other hand, usually refer to it as the ‘starvation response’. In addition to that, some people out there also misunderstand the term and consider it to be the same as the adaptive thermogenesis. Well, although starvation mode and adaptive thermogenesis are indeed very close in meaning, they are actually two different things.

Reasons for Metabolism Slowdown

It is often the case that those people out there who suffer from being obese are often afraid that they will gain weight once again due to their stomach trying to adapt to the starvation mode. However, as a matter of fact, this is just a myth, a big one in this case, that is often connected to the so-called starvation mode, or diet. Yet, in order to gain a better understanding of why plenty of people out there seem to stop losing their weight due to the aforementioned low calorie diet, it is of utmost importance to first understand about why the metabolic process within a person’s body tends to slow down and why it may trigger it in the first place. So, in this case, there are usually two main reasons why the metabolic process within a person’s body may slow down. To start it off, the first reason often proves to be obligatory. This particular reason is normally triggered by the decreased total weight of a person’s body. When a person loses his body weight, the amount of calorie they have within their body should decrease as well, because they become a person that is smaller in size than they were before. With only a little amount of calorie within their body, the metabolic process will not work so aggressively any longer, hence the slowdown of the process. Now, the second reason is that the stomach has the ability to adapt to the circumstances it faces. There have been a great number of researches carried out for quite a long time by scientists all over the world and those researches have so far proven, though it is pretty hard to measure, that this adaptation thing happens and it has been confirmed to be of great importance when it comes to the issue of obesity. Nonetheless, fortunately, there is also good news in relation to this particular matter. A number of studies have proven that that dip in a person’s metabolic process does not normally last for good. Instead, in fact, after a period of sustained weight loss, the metabolism of the body will usually climb back up to the level expected of it. In other words, people will be able to start losing some pounds off their body again.

Metabolism Slowdown Patterns

Nevertheless, up to the present time, scientists all over the world seem to still be having a hard time trying to figure out the pattern which relates metabolic slowdown and a decreased intake of daily calories. In some researches, it has been found that unless the calorie intake is restricted to a pretty large amount, say a minimum of 800 calories daily, the slowdown of the metabolic process within a human body is negligible. However, in some other studies, it has also been found that the pattern which relates the two things – metabolic slowdown and decreased caloric intake – is somehow linear. So, with small decrease in daily caloric intake, the metabolic process will start to slow down a little as well. The gap will then increase as well, along with the increase of the caloric deficit within a human body. By far, people will usually start asking how they can stop the metabolic slowdown. Unfortunately, as it is something which happens naturally, there is actually no way to stop the body’s starvation responses. All you have to do is to make sure you stick with the most effective diet programs around and you will see yourself shed those excessive pounds off your body.


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