What is Starvation Mode?

When we start to lose weight your brain begins to notice the Calorie (Energy) reduction, especially if we reduce our Calories by to much for a long period of time.  The brain believes the body is in a famine situation and food is scarce! 


The storing of fat in our bodies is an amazing evolutionary stroke of genius and what has kept us going through the ages.   But because we still have our ancestors bodies, Calorie reduction evokes the survival part of the brain to take charge and organise the bodies metabolic functions. 

To increase your chances of survival the body tries to ration your fat stores, by slowing down the amount of Calories we burn, thus trying to maintain energy balance and keep you alive longer.  The brain also sends out signals to make you feel super hungry - to ensure you "Get of your bum" and go find some food! 


Now this is your brain and body thinking you are in a starvation situation - As far as you’re concerned your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, and you just feel really hungry - or starving! 

There are three main solutions to fixing this problem (or tricking the brain to think it’s all good!)

  1. More Protein

  2. Exercise

  3. A Diet Break


If you are following The Body Plan Plus, you can easily fix these issues, because you can eat what you like. All you have to do is up your protein, or you can take a diet break.  Simply add 300 - 500 Calories back to your Daily Calorie Goal, putting you back into maintenance level.   While doing this you will not be losing weight, but you will not be gaining it either. 


If you are on a diet plan which does not track your Calories you can still to see if you’re not getting enough by getting your Daily Calorie Goal -  Click here and follow the on screen instructions.


Once you have this figured out you can work out if you’re getting enough Calories. 


For more information about Calories - Maintain, Gain or Lose weight click here!