Another myth that keeps getting repeated is the fear that you will slow your metabolism down with intermittent fasting and put your body into the dreaded “starvation mode”. Not true.
Your body’s metabolism actually slows down in response to cutting calories. By eating low-calorie, multiple times a day, your body thinks there is a shortage of food and lowers the metabolism in order to preserve energy coming in from your food. This doesn’t happen when you fast. Why? Well, when your food intake goes down to zero your body is not going to bring your metabolism down to zero. Think about it – you have to burn some calories to stay alive, so your body looks to other energy sources besides food to burn. This is why we store fat in our bodies. When you fast your body turns to burning stored fat instead of sugar.
Eat less, move more – the weight loss plan followed by contestants on “The Biggest Loser”, doesn’t work. A study done on 14 of the contestants showed that 6 years later 13 of them had regained what they lost. That’s a failure rate of 93%! Their metabolisms slowed down in response to caloric reduction – so much that they needed to eat 800 calories less than they normally would in order to maintain that weight loss.
This is a summary of how our bodies work. If you want to dig into the details, and I really encourage you to do so, you have to read “Delay, Don’t Deny” by Gin Stephens and “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung!
By the way, guess who follows intermittent fasting? That’s right – Wolverine!