Food is the fuel that runs the body. Not eating is depriving yourself fuel that gives your body energy to function. Consequently, the body saps stored energy from your body to be able to function. Then muscles begin to waste away, energy levels take a dip and the body is almost on a shut down. Activities such as metabolism that facilitate the breakdown of fats are reduced significantly to preserve energy. This eventually leads to sicknesses and later death.

When you eat real food in the right quantities, the opposite is true. You experience high energy levels that spur you to be active, burning lots of calories in the process. Your metabolism shoots really breaking down the fats to be absorbed by the body as opposed to being stored. Our bodies are wired with chemical hormones that anticipate imminent danger and respond accordingly. During starvation, the body senses oncoming food shortage hence a lot of fats are stored so as to be used as energy sources in future. Not eating therefore slows down your metabolism and by default your fat loss efforts as well.

We will share scrumptious and healthy food recipes in future. I have realised that most organic foods such as cabbages, avocado and grass-fed animal products including meat, milk and fats are natural fat-busters. Let us jointly denounce this myth of self-starvation for fat loss. As we embark on this journey to fitness, remember that food is not the enemy.


Fit&Fab is a new blog series by Marion Maina who lost 30kg in her weight loss journey that started two years ago and is now in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Do you have feedback on this story? E-mail: [email protected]


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