What is Reverse Dieting?
Reverse dieting is a term used to describe the practice of deliberately restricting one’s food intake in order to lose weight. For example, someone may restrict their caloric intake from 2000 calories per day down to 1500 calories per day, or they might restrict their calorie intake from 1200 calories per day up to 1000 calories per day. The goal of reverse dieting is not just losing weight; it’s gaining muscle mass.
Why would anyone want to do this?
Well, there are many reasons. One reason could be that you’re trying to lose weight because you feel like your body isn’t working properly anymore. Another reason could be that you’ve been overweight all your life and have always struggled with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If so, then reverse dieting might seem like the perfect solution for you!
Another reason why some people choose to reverse diet is because they don’t think they can make any significant changes in their lives. They believe that if they eat less than what they normally consume, then their bodies will adjust and eventually get used to the new amount of food intake.
However, this doesn’t work for everyone. Some people simply cannot change how much food they eat no matter how hard they try (or maybe even prefer not to). This is why you might want to consider the reverse dieting approach.
So, what can you expect if you choose to go this route?
Well, first of all, don’t expect fast results. You’re going to have to be patient and allow your body time to adjust and get used to getting the proper amount of food every day. Many people will try to restrict their food intake too quickly and end up failing because they get discouraged by their lack of results.
In addition to restricting your food intake, you should also expect your weight to drop off quite rapidly (don’t worry; this is normal). As long as you’re feeling good and not experiencing any symptoms of discomfort or illness, then you can continue this process until you reach a healthy weight.
After you have reached a healthy weight, the next step will be to make sure you maintain that weight. This means that you should slowly start adding calories back into your diet until you find a “sweet spot” where you’re gaining some weight but not putting on too much of it.
Keep in mind that everyone is different, so you’ll want to experiment with this to find what’s best for you and your body type.
There are a few things that you will want to be careful about if you choose to reverse diet. First of all, some people are under the impression that it is acceptable to “cheat” on their diet every once in awhile as long as they maintain their overall daily calorie intake.
This is a bad idea and will probably cause your weight loss efforts to be futile. Overeating every once in awhile is fine, but if you do it too much then you’re going to hinder the progress that you make.
Another thing you’ll want to avoid is using drugs or alcohol. It might seem like going out for a night on the town won’t have much of an effect on your diet, but you’d be surprised at how much those few extra calories can affect you.
Finally, you’ll also want to stay away from prescription or over-the-counter medication unless you consult your doctor first. Many of these drugs can cause weight gain and you certainly don’t want that to happen to you.
The process of reverse dieting may not be easy, but it can certainly lead to great results if you’re patient enough to stick with it. I hope this information helps!
Sources & references used in this article:
The Complete Guide to Reverse Dieting by AN Staff – avatarnutrition.com
Metabolic Adaptation Simplified by L Jacobsen