Although you might need to lower your body fat to get a six pack, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Do it wrong and, due to your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), you could be making things worse.
Your Basal Metabolic Rate is the minimum amount of calories you need each day for your body to function properly. Fall below this figure and to adjust to the scarcity of food, your body will go into what is known as starvation mode. You can find out what your Basal Metabolic Rate is by clicking here
Starvation mode has several effects upon the body, none of which are beneficial to getting a six pack. First, not getting enough calories means that your body’s own energy stores will soon run out, so instead it will have to make its own from what’s available. Unfortunately this isn’t fat, it’s the protein available in your hard-earned muscle.
Next, your metabolism, which is the speed at which your body maintains itself, slows down to save energy. This means that your Basal Metabolic Rate will lower so that next time you do eat an excess of calories, it will all be stored as fat. If that wasn’t bad enough, your body is now less likely than normal to use fat as an energy source.
The big con with some low-calorie ‘diets’ is that while you will lose weight in the first 2 or 3 weeks as they say, what they don’t tell you is that it isn’t fat you’re losing. As I said, some of it will be precious muscle, but mostly it will just be the water that’s bound up with the muscle.
And these are just the main effects.
Now for reasons beyond our control, most of us will miss our Basal Metabolic Rate target sometimes. But if it’s only for a day or two, once or twice a year, it’s not ideal but not the end of the world either. If it’s a regular thing though, you’ll not only fail miserably to get the six pack you want, you’ll probably feel tired, lethargic and not very motivated to exercise or anything else. Plus you’ll be storing a lot of fat.
To avoid this all you have to do is get enough calories to meet your Basal Metabolic Rate, right? Well yes and no. Get them all in one or two big meals and you’ll be avoiding starvation mode, but you’ll still be promoting fat storage. This is just one reason why you should eat 5, 6, or even 7 meals a day.
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