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What is reverse dieting?

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Padama Mukesh

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Some people jump on to dieting now and then without thinking about the impact it will have on the body. When people go on diets or low-calorie intakes for prolonged periods, the body also slows down its metabolism to adapt to this situation. Once this phase is over people, tend to let loose and hog as they have never eaten before. Here is where Reverse Dieting becomes essential and significant. In Reverse Dieting as the name suggests you slowly undo your dieting and increase your metabolism in a phased manner by introducing more calories into your system.

Most of the times, Reverse Dieting is followed by bodybuilders, athletes and other sportspersons who have been on a restricted diet for various reasons. When the calorie intake is low, the body adjusts itself by slowing the metabolism, which means the heart rate slows down, hormones may be affected, and muscles use of less energy for more work. But if this continues for a prolonged period, it could change the entire system adversely. To bring back the body to its original metabolism levels in a slow and phased manner is what reverse dieting is all about and this is the reason why it is important too.

The next question would be how to do Reverse Dieting? Though it may sound simple, Reverse Dieting can be quite challenging. To start with you need to have a plan on how you want to increase your metabolism, how to plan your calorie intake and what is the expected increase in muscles and fat. These factors need to be closely monitored every week to make sure you are on track. Apart from that you also need to continue your exercise regime with more focus on powerlifting and activities which help increase your metabolism. Add more and more proteins in your diet and avoid the carbs. Carbs are more challenging to get out of the system and add calories. So avoid them instead, add proteins which help in building muscles.

Whenever you embark on a new journey, it is essential to know what you want to accomplish at the end of it. One of the best things about Reverse Dieting is that you can eat, unlike other diets where you are restricted from taking food and need not sacrifice your taste buds. You can eat healthy foods, though the quantity is monitored. Still, you can rest assured that you will not have to go hungry. This also helps you break away from the myth that you are dieting and need to avoid food. This mindset helps in sticking to the reverse diet for a more extended period. Finally, you gain more energy, and you will be leading a healthier lifestyle too.

So go ahead, and get started.

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