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?
06-02-2011, 09:24 PM #1
Question about "starving" yourself
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06-02-2011, 09:33 PM #3
i say go for it. you know what the downside to starving yourself is, so if you're willing to deal with it, then **** it, do it.June 1 - Sept 1 Cut
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06-02-2011, 09:36 PM #4
Starving yourself will definitely drop weight quickly. However, assuming your doing this for aesthetics, its widely accepted as the wrong method. If you choose to simply starve yourself its likely you will lose substantial muscle in the process and end up as a skinnier version of the fat you. (skinny fat)
Muscle retention on a cut requires 3 things
Heavy Resistance Training
Moderate Caloric Deficit
As you cut the calories protein requirements go up. That is why PSMF (Lyle Mcdonalds Rapid Fat loss) requires you to eat almost entirely protein. (300g/day roughly) If your really want to lose fat quickly and can hack the diet pain, I suggest picking up a copy of the rapid fat loss handbook and read the entire thing before you start down that road.My Reverse Diet Log
06-02-2011, 10:32 PM #5
It will work but the problem is in the long run. Also, you'll probably be "skinny-fat", which sometimes is even worse than being slightly overweight (aestheticaly speaking).
I'm betting that in 3 months time, if you'll see the people that told you that they lost weight by "starving" they will have regained almost all of their weight.
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06-03-2011, 12:17 AM #8
This was february--I looked awful. Simultaneously too fat and too skinny. I looked good in clothes, but ugh.
06-03-2011, 01:53 AM #9
It's going to cost you a lot of aesthetics, but it's all up to you. IMO, you should go for cutting, but cut without going over 1k deficit, and do weightlifting as your main calorie-burning activity.
You could have a noob-gain during these period. And honestly, the skinny fat is not that bad as most seems to exaggerate here. I'm a skinny-fat myself, but I've gain some muscle along the way, and it looks better than the picture posted above (no offence though).
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06-03-2011, 02:17 AM #13
He's also not asking about ways bodybuilders lose weight, he's talking about starvation.
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You want to lose 20lbs, ok, fine. If you need to do this for some sort of weigh in to some sort of sports competition like bodybuilding competition or an MMA weigh, go for it. If you're goal is to look better esthetically, then that is the worst thing you can do to yourself. When you starve yourself, your body will not automatically go "Oh crap there's no food, I need to use all this fat to keep myself alive". Your body is going to start breaking everything down to keep itself going. You body will break down your muscles for Essential Amino Acids, your bones for Calcium it needs for other body functions other than your skeletal system, and other things.
Yeah, you'll lose 20 lbs, but your body dimensions and make up are not going to be what you want. You will most likely end up being alot more unhappy with yourself than before. Stop trying to short cut things and just figure out a good diet and exercise program."It doesnít matter what youíve heard
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06-03-2011, 08:10 AM #18
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