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WHY SHOULD YOU REVERSE DIET?

Dieting Psychology
- Sandeepak Ghosh

In order to lose fat, we diet 'down', and since we are not feeding our body enough calories, it tends to minimize the energy expenditure from the inside. So, all the extra energy that’s going to come in will most likely be stored as fat. A massive fat regain is quite likely at the end of a diet if we don’t be careful. Reverse Dieting: Reverse dieting is a dieting strategy that advocates increasing the calories gradually after a period of caloric restriction to avoid binge-eating episodes and unwanted fat gain that happens with yo-yo dieting. For example, we start at 1200 calories and increase around 50-100 calories each week. General recommendations would be to keep protein constant (around 1.8-2 g/kg of bodyweight) and increase carbs and/or fats, however we wish. When we gradually increase calories over time, we give our metabolism some time to adapt to the subtle increase in calories as opposed to the rapid influx. Conclusion: Be it reverse dieting or any other dieting, we have to be thoughtful of how we eat and what we eat. If you’ve reached your goal weight, you can celebrate by going out and eating your favorite dish(es) once in a while. But be sensible even during celebrations!
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