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How does Starvation Affect the Body?

23 January, 2021 Ritika Singh

"Are you starving to lose weight? Are you starving to reduce the belly?" Starvation in simple words is restricting down calories that our body requires for the functioning of day to day activities. This is done by avoiding adequate intake of food. Starving can deteriorate your body health by disturbing the metabolism of the body. Starving for a short period of time can be beneficial although it still affects the body health.

STARVING TO LOSE WEIGHT

Everybody wants to have a perfect body shape or size and so prefer losing weight to tone their body. It is absolutely fine to shed down some kilograms of weight to remain fit and healthy. But starving is not the ultimate solution to lose weight. Restricting calorie intake may seem favourable for a short duration but will leave various health issues in the long term. Some of the side effects of losing weight by starving include:

  • Weakened body: If your body does not receive enough calories, it experiences fatigue and feels out of energy. Weak bones and tiredness are the results of improper diet or starvation.
  • Lack of nutrition: When we starve, the health starts deteriorating giving rise to multiple diseases which directly attack the metabolism of our body. It may affect several organs of the body that may result into malfunctioning.
  • Gain weight: Your body can resist food but after starving, it will demand more and excess food. Therefore, when we start eating after the starvation period, our body tends to put on more weight than before.


Thus, losing weight by starving is not a good idea. Instead, look for effective physical activities or exercises. If you are obese you can consult a dietician, buy online medicines and plan your diet accordingly. Drink lots of water, eat healthy but do not prefer to starve for losing weight.

EFFECTS AND RISK OF RESTRICTED EATING

Living without adequate food and water i.e. starving can show adverse effects on the body. It will affect the working of your body and will also lead to the downfall of your health. Some of the side effects of starvation can be:

1. Weakness which may lead to drowsiness
2. Low blood pressure which can slow the heart rate.
3. Dehydration
4. Organ failure
5. Increased risk for a heart attack.
6. Resuming eating after starvation will require a doctor’s supervision.

BENEFITS OF STARVATION

Since everything has two sides, starvation also has a few advantages. That includes:

1. It can help to manage cholesterol and sugar levels. This may change the metabolism of your body and reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
2. Reduces the risk of certain cancers.
3. Reduces inflammation.
4. It can help in losing weight but is generally not preferred.
5. It improves eating patterns. Helpful for those who suffer from binge eating disorders.
6. It improves the immune system of your body because it reduces free radical damage and regulates inflammatory conditions in the body.
7. It helps in making the skin clearer.

FACTS TO KNOW

It sounds quite impossible to live without food and water for days or weeks since a day-long fast or hours without food results into low energy. But actually the body adapts or adjusts to the condition of starvation. It can be noticed when people engage in religious fasts without any health effects.

Studies show that it takes around 8-10 hours without eating for our bodies to change how it operates. The body breaks down food into glucose that provides energy. But after starving for about 12 hours, the glucose storage gets depleted and the body starts to convert glycogen from the liver into glucose. Once the glucose and glycogen are depleted, our body begins to use amino acids to provide energy.

So before starving, take a close glance at your health conditions then choose. It is rightly said "Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live." Be cautious and take care of your health.

 

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