The most effective way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you expend, creating a calorie deficit. But, according to everydayhealth.com, if your calorie intake dips too low, your body could go into starvation

mode.


The most effective way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you expend, creating a calorie deficit. But, according to everydayhealth.com, if your calorie intake dips too low, your body could go into starvation
mode.

 

“Your body will start to store fat because it thinks it is not going to get anything,” said Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD, Texas Dietetic Association media representative and public relations coordinator at the Austin Dietetic
Association in Austin, Texas. “You will be at a point where your body is kind of at a standstill.”

 

Lummus says when your body goes into starvation mode, your metabolism slows to a crawl, burning calories as slowly as possible to conserve its energy stores. This is why people who cut their calories too much may reach a plateau and stop losing weight.

 

Eating too few calories can be the start of a vicious cycle that causes diet distress. When you cut your calories so low that your metabolism slows and you stop losing weight, you probably will become frustrated that your
efforts are not paying off. This can lead you to overeat and ultimately gain weight. In addition to sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, eating too few calories can also harm your health. When your body goes into starvation mode, you are at increased risk for the following:

 

Abnormally low blood pressure and slow heart rate Heart rhythm abnormalities Electrolyte imbalances, especially potassium deficiency Gallstones Hair loss Brittle fingernails Loss of menstrual periods in women Soft hair growth over entire body Dizziness Trouble concentrating Anemia Swelling in your joints Brittle bones Depression Coming to Terms With Calories

 

Calories are not the enemy. They are a vital part of a healthy and energetic life. Find a reasonable eating and exercise plan that allows you to lose one-half to two pounds per week. There is evidence that people who lose
weight at this rate - by making better nutrition choices, eating smaller portion sizes, and exercising - also have the best chance of keeping it off.