Sunday, November 11, 2012

Eat more to lose weight?

Should you eat more to lose weight?

This is one of the stupidest recommendations my patients have read or been told.

But many people seem to believe this advice:

      that if you don't eat enough, your body will go into "starvation mode" and you will not lose weight.

Another way of stating this is that below a certain calorie intake, you will stop losing weight.

Let me make this perfectly clear: this is complete nonsense.

There is excellent science on calorie intake and weight loss. See a recent post.

To believe that taking in more calories helps you lose weight is as stupid as:

      if you want to jump higher, put weights on your shoes, that really helps a lot.

Or, if you want to go really fast while driving your car, step on the brake along with the gas pedal.
 
Weight loss is not easy.

But the laws of physics remain:  you need to take in less calories than you burn up.

And eating fewer calories, always helps weight loss efforts.

New medications like Qsymia can help.

Good luck in your efforts!

Your Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Group



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