All you need to know about ‘reverse dieting’ for weight loss

7 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It is well known to all that weight loss is all about calories in and calories out. There should be a perfect balance between the amount of calories you consume and burn out on a treadmill. But it is believed that for some people eating more may be the key to maintain a lean physique. This diet trend of consuming more calories is called reverse dieting.

What is reverse dieting?

Reverse dieting is quite popular among bodybuilders and athletes, looking to improve their energy levels while maintaining their body weight. This diet is mostly followed by people willing to return to a normal eating pattern after following a calorie-restricted diet without gaining weight. But some experts believe that reverse dieting can also help boost energy, reduce hunger and help overcome weight loss plateaus. In reverse dieting, a person gradually has to increase calorie intake over several weeks to boost metabolism.

While following any diet trends, you need to decrease your calorie intake and over time the body starts to adapt to it. This decreases the metabolism of a person to order to conserve energy.

But this condition can be a little problematic when you are ready to return to your normal diet without gaining weight or when you hit the weight loss plateau.

How to reverse diet

In reverse dieting, you have to increase your calorie intake by 50–100 calories per week than your normal input. You have to follow this process for 4- 10 weeks, depending on your target or pre-diet intake. Your protein intake can remain the same throughout the process.

Increase in calorie intake may help you boost your metabolism and burn more calories through non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) like walking, talking, and fidgeting.            — Times of India