What is reverse dieting, also how one can implement it to repair and speed up adapter metabolism? Can anyone or everyone follow it?
Reverse dieting is the methodological and strategic process of adding more calories back into your diet in order to speed up your metabolism and essentially get your body/hormones running at their most optimal level again.
Reverse dieting is applicable for people coming out of extreme diets or weight loss challenges who have dropped their calories extremely low and never took them back up to maintenance after the weight loss.
The way we go about the reverse dieting process totally depends on the individual and where they’re starting from.
How far can reverse dieting help menopausal women prevent muscle & bone loss? Tricks to avoid falling back into the dieting trap? Share the ins and outs of reverse dieting.
If you discover you are a good candidate to reverse diet, it may help with increasing bone density by allowing you to gain energy to go to the gym. Many candidates who need to reverse their diet often feel tired and run down because they are not eating enough. Folks often find they are plateauing in the gym and no matter what they do to change their body, nothing seems to work. This is because they often are over-training and undernourishing themselves.
Resistance training is shown to increase bone density and muscle which naturally speeds up the metabolism. This is why I recommend individuals who wish to reverse their diet also commit to a progressive strength training program.
Keep in mind when it comes to reverse dieting you may see the scale weight increase. Your body may change- this is completely expected and normal. I like to remind my clients who are reverse dieting we need to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. This is not a season of cutting where you will be looking your leanest- this is a season of healing- Healing your body, metabolism, and possibly your relationship with food. Reverse dieting is an investment in your future self. It’s like, Short term sacrifice vs. long-term success.
By committing to slowly increasing calories every week, you will start to speed up your body’s metabolism naturally and help to balance your hormones. You have to be patient and stay consistent with the increase weekly though in order for it to work.
Share input on your daily diet pattern. Amanda, how do you like to kick start your day? 5 foods you like to keep to a minimum?
I like to kick start my day by drinking one liter of water and meditating for 20 minutes. These two things are the non-negotiable habits I have to do daily to feel my best and show up as my highest self every day.
For food, I usually have my OWN shake before I workout with fruit and then lunch post-workout is usually a salad with a protein like fish, eggs, or turkey, and dinner is more or less of the same.
5 foods I like to keep to a minimum:
- Processed foods/candy
- White bread
- Fried foods
- Heavily dressed/creamy foods
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