Starve Mode addresses the following:
What is starvation mode?
What is refeeding?
Should I eat carbohydrates?
Should I eat fat?
How much protein should I eat?
What role do my hormones play in fat loss?
Is my metabolism damaged? Forever?
Is it true my metabolism is dying with age?
Do I have to gain fat to be healthy again?
Is it ok to not have my period? How can I get it back?
How can I talk to registered dietitians or doctors?
How can I get the tests that genuinely help me have the answers?
How do I eat more calories again?
Do I have to gain weight?
Is the weight I gain water or fat?
Do I need supplements or drugs for a healthy metabolism?
The book begins by talking about the elements that make up your metabolism and how to calculate them.
There is so much conflicting advice about high protein, low carb, high fat, low fat, meal timing, how much, when etc. The book provides a very good explanation about these macronutrients and metabolic rates as well as touching on the calories in versus calories out equation.
A chapter is devoted to the explanation of starve mode – what it is and what the myths surrounding it are and what effect a deficit has on the body. The book points out that if you aren’t losing fat, it is time for a break.
Cortisol, leptin, thyroid are terms that are bandied across health and fitness forums and referenced in many diet books. Starve Mode gives a good explanation about them as well as how things like stress, carbohydates, sleep, level of calorie intake, and macronutrient profile impact them.
Hormones are discussed because this is essential to body composition and ease of fat loss. This includes male and female hormones and a good discussion about loss of periods and weight loss.
Water weight is one of those things that many recognise happens, but still freak out when it does. The book discusses electrolytes, sodium potassium, magnesium, calcium and signs of water balance problems. Also discussed is cortisol and exercise / emotional stress related water retention, hormones and water retention, carbohydrates, insulin and water retention and glycogen storage. There are excellent explanations about the everyday things than can cause weight fluctuations.
Refeeding for metabolic reset is the crux of thebook. It’s all about eating to your metabolic potential so that, amongst other things:
1. You can lose body fat anytime you want
2. You have strength
3. You get to eat more food.
The book talks about short term and long term refeeding and includes details about how to reefed, how long to reefed and how frequently to schedule a break from a deficit. Suggested macronutrients are also included.
The book also includes sections on age and metabolism, metabolic disorders and disordered eating, supplements and a useful chapter on reading and interpreting research and studies.
Starve Mode contains a lot of information, references to studies, and examples. It also comes with some additional spread sheet calculators – activity calculator and reefed calculators.
Starve Mode is a must read for anyone who has ever been on a diet, eaten at a deficit, or just interested in being able to eat more, burn more and get stronger.
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