10 Reasons Starving Yourself Doesn’t Work

The majority of us know that starving yourself, in order to lose weight, is not a good idea. However, there are some who believe that it is ok to do it for a short period of time, as long as they don’t make it a habit. They are wrong. Listed below you will find ten reasons why starving yourself doesn’t work.

  1. Can Lead to Long Term. Starving yourself can become an addiction, and just like any addiction, it can be very difficult to break. Long term starvation can and will kill you by taking away the very thing your body needs to survive, its source of energy, food.
  2. You Could Binge Later. Many times after depriving ourselves, we feel the need to gorge and binge on anything and everything unhealthy. This not only defeats the purpose, but it also hinders any weight loss progress. It can also wreak havoc on your self-esteem when you feel like you have failed.
  3. Defeats the Purpose. If you are starving yourself, you are doing so with one purpose in mind, to lose weight. When your body starts to feel the effects of starvation, it goes into survival mode, holding onto the very fat you are trying so desperately to get rid of. Instead of burning fat, your body will start first with muscle while trying to keep the fat for as long as possible.
  4. You Lower Your Metabolism. By teaching your body that it has to get by on less and less food, it does what it knows to do to survive and adjusts your metabolism accordingly. If you do reach your target weight, you have done so by losing muscle and not fat (as listed above).When you do start to eat again, you gain weight quickly, because your metabolism has been lowered.
  5. Affects the Brain. Your brain needs proper nutrition in order to function properly. Without proper nutrition, you can become foggy and not be able to concentrate or focus. You can also become dizzy. If you are not thinking clearly there are many things that can go wrong, and not just with your diet.
  6. Influences Emotions. Have you ever noticed that when you skip a meal or wait too long to eat that you get real crabby? Going for extended periods of time without eating or eating too little can give you mood swings. With your emotions on a rollercoaster, you can go back and forth between binging and starving, which when combined together, can be even worse for your body.
  7. Deprives You of Vitamins and Minerals. There are multiple vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. By starving yourself, you are depriving your body of these essentials, which can lead to a number of problems, including organ failure, hair loss, memory loss, tooth decay, skin ailments and many, many more.
  8. Lack of Energy. We have all heard that the best way to be in good health is to maintain a nutritious diet and exercise regularly. Your body needs food for energy, and if you are starving yourself to lose weight, your body will be lacking in the energy it needs as well. Without adequate energy levels, you will not be able to get the exercise you need to keep your muscles and bones strong.
  9. Depletes the Immune System.  Starving yourself affects your immune system by depleting the nutrients your body needs in order to be healthy. With your immune system down, your body finds it harder to fight off infections and disease, so you will be more prone to sickness.
  10. Dehydration If you do not eat and drink enough fluids, you can easily become dehydrated, which causes dizziness and weakness and leads to kidney and heart failure, seizures, brain damage and death.

Starving yourself is very dangerous and can be fatal. It has been proven to be an ineffective way to lose weight, since you will gain back what you lost when you begin eating again. If you continue to starve yourself, it will only lead to death. Check with your doctor on a healthy weight loss plan that is best for you and your body, so that you get the proper rest, nutrition and exercise.