Many Americans are under the assumption that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more. NOT TRUE. Let's debunk this thought through physiology.
Exercise is a stressor, and when the body is stressed, it needs to eat MORE in order to fuel the body and to recover what it loses during times of stress. The body further becomes stressed when it does not have enough food because it experiences this as a famine. If you're moving more and eating less, you're essentially putting less gas in the car before driving across the country--this won't happen without stress, dysfunction, and eventual breakdown.
Furthermore, when the human body is stressed, say by moving more and not eating enough, this is what happens:
- Cholesterol production increases
- Cortisol and other stress hormones are released
- Blood sugar can spike and drop, causing light-headedness and fainting spells
- Headaches become more frequent
- Hair can fall out
- and the chaos continues....
Furthermore, the body will hold onto fat and eat its own muscle tissue if it does not have enough food to continue functioning, and muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue that burns fat. Connect the physiological dots....
So if the goal is to lose fat, one must build and keep muscle; and that will only happen if given the proper amount of recovery through food and rest.
Eat well, hydrate well, sleep well, think well, move well, act well, be well...THIS is the way to create health: focusing on the whole body and the entire picture.
Oh, and if you're losing weight by eating less and moving more, you may just be losing precious muscle tissue, not fat.