• Ben Banbury

Why You Should Never Starve Yourself When Trying To Lose Weight

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

How many times have you been talking to a friend or colleague and they've turned around and said something along the lines of;

"I'm going away on holiday in a week, I'm just not going to eat"


"I want to fit in my dress so I'm just going to stop eating - it's the only thing that works"

Now I've said that and it's in writing, do you really think starving yourself is really the answer?

Do the women you idolize your physique starve themselves?

Do women like this starve themselves?

Of course not!

So that's not the answer

Before I give you a real, sustainable approach to become stronger, leaner I'm going to give you 3 reasons why you should never starve yourself

I want to completely put you off ever starving yourself and I want you to share this with your friends and colleagues who have fallen for this trap

1. Starving Yourself Will Destroy Your Hard-earned Muscle

Building muscle, especially for women is a very, very hard task

It takes devotion, consistency, the willingness to push through plateaus and determination

Muscle's attractive. When you see female actresses like Alicia Vikander get in amazing shape for movies like Tomb Raider, her trainer focuses on her becoming stronger and building lean muscle

This takes a lot of time, focus and requires a lot of good nutrition. (If you want more info as to why woman should lift, check out my post here)

When you start dropping your calories way too low your body starts stressing out.

Remember it's main concern is keeping you alive, it doesn't care about your appearance

So logically it needs to find more stored energy to be used as fuel

As well as diving into the fat cells it will also tuck into your hard earned muscle

Thus you become weaker, start to lose your shape and...

2. Your Metabolism Slows Right Down

Have you ever hear the term that "muscle is expensive"?

Muscle requires A LOT of calories to exist

If I had two clients who weighed exactly the same, with the same build, but one had 40% body fat and the other only had 20% - the lucky lady with 20% body fat would require more calories to remain at her current weight, because she has more lean muscle tissue

Here's a snippet from a post from WebMd

"Muscle tissue burns more calories, even when you're at rest, than body fat. According to Wharton, 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories"

When your body enters starvation mode and starts breaking down muscle tissue for fuel, you're also destroying your metabolism

When you inevitably go back to your normal diet, your calorie maintenance level has now dropped

So instead of 1,600 calories to maintain your weight, that number is now 1,550

So you put weight on again. What then happens? You freak out and resort to starving yourself again to drop a few easy pounds

And your metabolism? Keeps dropping and dropping..

Pretty scary right?

How many people can you honestly tell me have fallen for this?