Crash Diets Lead To Binge Eating

Anyone who has spent any time seriously working toward a goal knows that body transformation is best accomplished at a slow, steady pace. We've all tried to lose a bunch of pounds in a couple of weeks, but people who go that route over and over again could be setting themselves up for unhealthy binges according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined the hormone changes in lab mice that had their food intake cut back enough to cause a 10% to 15% reduction in body weight over just 3 weeks. Not only did the rodents exhibit signs of stress and depression, their DNA and hormones were altered in ways that promoted stress-induced binge eating.

True Strength Moment: Your body is programmed to preserve fat during a famine. That's why your metabolism slows down when food is severely restricted. Not only will weight loss become more difficult at this point, but you'll lack the energy to exercise. Fool your body into speeding up the metabolism while cutting back calories with a carb cycling strategy. Basically, carbohydrates are restricted for 2-3 days then increased for a day before going back to 2 or 3 days of carb restriction. It won't happen overnight, or in a matter of weeks, but a long-term calorie restriction plan that makes room for cheat meals is a sensible approach to building a beach body by summer.
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