Don't Starve Yourself, CHEAT IT For Maximum Fat Burning

Whether you're trying to lose weight to fit into that summer bikini, or just look rocking in a pair of skinny jeans, it's tempting to fight the battle of the bulge by sticking to a strict diet. As counterintuitive as it sounds, a diet of water and celery sticks might be doing you more harm than good!

Your Body Goes Into Starvation Mode

Humans have been evolutionarily hardwired to conserve fat during times of famine. Back in the caveman days, it was a great way to stave off starvation and conserve energy. In today's world, it actually works against you! When our bodies do not get the nutrients they need, our metabolism actually slows down and we burn less fat. Starvation mode is the byproduct of severely restricted diets. Eat more and burn more fat.

You Will Be More Stressed Out

If you are fixating on fitting into your size 6 dress, your body will enter a state of increased stress. Stress leads to weight gain and is terrible for your health. Obsessing over every little calorie might seem like a great way to slim down, but when you are triggering the stress mechanism in your brain, you're doing massive amounts of damage and could be sabotaging your efforts.

Your Willpower Will Be Pushed To The Brink

Willpower is a muscle just like any other, and if can get fatigued from overuse. If you monitor every little calorie that you put into your body, you are stretching your willpower to the limit. There is a much greater chance that you will crash and burn, and binge on an entire lasagna when your willpower eventually runs out. Instead of jumping from famine to feast, give your willpower a rest.

You Will Develop An Unhealthy Relationship With Food

Yo-yo dieting is not good because it creates an unhealthy relationship with food that manifests itself in seeing some foods as good and others as bad. Instead of restricting calories to the point of starvation, then binging out, working in some flexibility to your diet is important to keeping your relationship with food healthy. Working on incorporating health and wellness into your life, as opposed to yo-yo extreme dieting is a good way to build healthy habits.

What do you think? Is cheating part of a healthy diet? Are you ready to ditch the starvation diet hamster wheel and work towards a healthier life and greater overall happiness?

Our content is created to the best of our knowledge, yet it is of general nature and cannot in any way substitute an individual consultation with your doctor. Your health is important to us!