Can Calorie Shifting Increase Fat Loss?
Scientist and dietitians are constantly on the hunt for a diet that burns body fat effectively while maintaining nutrition and hunger levels.
Most diets that are currently trending are hard to maintain for long periods of time, though.
Introducing Calorie Shifting, also known as Calorie Cycling: a diet that is both maintainable for its allotted time, effective, and will not starve your body from any of the three main macronutrients: fat, carbs, and protein.
What is Calorie Cycling?
Calorie Cycling is a new way of dieting recently added to the growing repertoire of diet gurus and fitness junkies.
This diet, also known as Calorie Shifting, runs on a six-week schedule.
The goal is to eat without cutting calories for the first three weeks and then cut calories significantly during the last three weeks.
During the first three weeks, the subject is able to eat a mixture of slow-carbs, fast-carbs, proteins, and fats to spike their metabolism. In the last three weeks, the subject eats varying amounts of protein, small amounts of fat, and limited amounts of carbs (carbs found predominantly in vegetables).
Studies show that the body responds well to this new way of dieting, making it easier for your body to burn fat. Results from subjects show that you are able to trick your metabolism into working overtime in the most efficient way possible.
During this unique diet, the subject uses a daily bout of exercise. Exercise boosts metabolism and helps maintain muscle, which is important for fat burning. The diet consists of three main meals and two snacks, even during the low-calorie weeks, so hunger is not an issue.
Calorie Shifting When Conventional Diets Fail
Looking at other conventional diets compared to this particular diet, we can see why they might fail.
Low-fat diets are harmful because our bodies need fat to burn fat. Depriving the body of too much fat is like depriving your body of an energy source. Your body will store fat as a defense mechanism to combat the low source of fat intake through food.
Another trendy diet, such as the Keto Diet, encourages the subjects to eat high amounts of fat and protein while cutting down carb intake to 25 grams or less per day. While the initial water-retention weight loss is surprising and quite exciting to see, our bodies need carbs desperately, and in a larger amount than 25 grams a day. The reason for this: carbs restore muscle fibers after a workout. Loss of muscle results in a weaker body diminished fat loss and slow metabolism.
The takeaway of this section: Cutting out large amounts of any food group will eventually result in hurting your progress in the long term.
Metabolic Adaptation With Calorie Cycling
If the body is starved for essential nutrients, like fat or carbs, then the brain will make up for it in ways which are harmful to your body.
Scientists call this phenomenon of metabolic adaptation.
Metabolic adaptation is the last thing you want your brain and body to adopt when losing weight.
In fact, every aspect of metabolic adaptation is the exact opposite of what you want when losing weight. These adaptations are only useful in times of survival, such as during a famine. During a famine, your body would only need to maintain the basic organ functions and hold on to every ounce of fat possible in order to stay alive.
Negative Adaptation Inclusions
If you are not in a time of survival or midst a great famine, every aspect of metabolic adaptation is deemed as a negative adaptation. Such adaptations include decreases in testosterone (male hormone that increases muscle and sex drive), resting energy expenditure (how much energy your body uses while at rest), thyroid hormones (controls weight and reproductive hormones), physical activity, leptin (signals the brain you have eaten enough), as well as an increase in cortisol (stress hormone which causes the body to store fat), and ghrelin (signals the brain that you are hungry).
Having even one of these adaptations is cause for concern. Having more than one is a cry for help.
There are so many reasons to ditch conventional diets and opt for the Calorie Shifting diet. Eating to fit macronutrients, constantly boosting your metabolism revved, and not starving yourself are just a few of the many benefits you will enjoy on this type of diet. The diet is only for six-week bouts at a time and it will not bring on the negative metabolic adaptation side effects while burning fat efficiently. All the more reason to try this amazing diet.
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