I've always heard that "starving" yourself (as in, eating VERY little throughout the day) is bad for you. However, any time I talk to someone who recently lost weight and knows little about nutrition, when I ask, "How'd you do it?" they usually reply with "I just starved myself, basically". So, despite it being bad for you, does it actually work?
I ask this because I recently started reading about Lean Gains IF and decided to start it 3 days ago. However, after the first day of IF, I wasn't hungry much throughout the day. Yesterday, I only ate one chicken breast and today I only ate one footlong sub from Subway. I realize that's not enough at all.
I was reading Lyle McDonald's interview about starvation mode
This leads me even more to believe that "starving" yourself would work to burn fat.But here's the thing: in no study I've ever seen has the drop in metabolic rate been sufficient to completely offset the caloric deficit. That is, say that cutting your calories by 50% per day leads to a reduction in the metabolic rate of 10%. Starvation mode you say. Well, yes. But you still have a 40% daily deficit.
My main goal is to drop about 20Lbs. Strength gaining is a far second in my priorities. Once I drop the 20Lbs, I'd have no problem maintaining and working on strength/mass, but I'm more than willing to sacrifice that for now if my current method would allow me to burn that fat I've been trying so long to get rid of.
So, to my question. Could my method of eating one small meal a day actually work? Or am I going to stall a week or so in and not burn any more fat?