|Posted on September 17, 2015 at 12:55 AM|
ClickToThink.com Contributor (Rick Sr)
Body Fat Storage Evolution
Our bodies were made to survive. Our bodies have built-in mechanisms that kick in when danger is upon us and our survival is at stake. A great example is blood clotting. When the skin is punctured, our body automatically sends clotting agents to the site of injury. The agents slow, or stop, blood loss. We also have this type of survival protection when it comes to losing weight and body fat storage. However, it can work differently in each body. Basically, when a person fasts—or restricts calorie intake—the body sends out a warning signal that something is malfunctioning and calories (needed energy) are not coming in.
Our bodies’ mechanisms may start storing fat for future use if the lack of energy intake continues. This mechanism is a survival technique that our bodies use when it thinks added stressors or possible famines are coming on. Eskimos usually experience this during the food-scarce winter months. And boy, the body is reluctant to release this emergency storage of fat. When the body thinks it will be a while until the next meal, it will take most of the calories that have been taken in and store them as fat reserves, so they can then be used later. This is why some people find it hard to effectively lose weight when limiting meals and calories. They may start off well by limiting calories, but then fat begins to accumulate. This is why fasting diets may not be the greatest way to lose weight (see our blog about calories: http://www.clicktothink.com/apps/blog/show/43539531-calories-your-body-s-energy-source ;).
Eventually, the body will allow the release of fat so the body can continue to function. So, do not be surprised if you do not eat for days and the scale will not budge. Your body is functioning in a glorious survival mode. Know the dangers and benefits of fasting before you partake in this form of weight loss. Many health professionals do not advise fasting diets since these diets will deprive the body of nutrients and can have unforeseen side effects. It is a good idea to let your doctor know when you are thinking of fasting.
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