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What is Reverse Dieting?

Dieting is something that many people hate to do. Sometimes it is necessary to lose weight or for health reasons. Oftentimes, people are left confused about exactly how to diet and be healthy. Dr. Amanda Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic can help you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet for your health is something that she is passionate about.reverse dieting

If you are someone who weight lifts, you might be familiar with this style of eating. Another common way that this diet is used is for people who have been on really strict diets. Sometimes there are reasons they want to return to normalcy. This method works great for slowly working your way back to that. Everyone needs to be able to find what works for them because everyone is different.

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What Is Reverse Dieting

With most diets, you decide on a good calorie intake for you and you stick to that number every day. When bodybuilders or others go on strict restrictive diets to drop weight and build muscles, they don’t usually stay on these diets all of the time. They will eventually work their way back into a normal style diet, but that has to be done slowly. 

Reverse dieting is what they do to get back into that. You aren’t going to stick with the same number of calories every day, it is going to change. This is going to help them work back into eating more calories, it can cause some stomach issues if not. This isn’t only for bodybuilders, a lot of different people can try this method out, whether it’s for gaining, energy, hormones, or losing weight. 

Why Would You Want To Reverse Diet

Dr. Amanda Dee understands that it can be hard to choose which diet you want to follow and which is going to be the healthiest and most beneficial to you. The idea is that you are going to increase your calorie intake and not gain too much fat along the way. It is training your metabolism. Putting weight loss aside, there are a variety of benefits to reverse dieting. Some may be what you are looking for. Some of those things are:

  • Allows you more opportunities to eat throughout the day. Traditional diets can restrict your times for eating and the calorie intakes may be low for you to feel full. You can add more food to your diet by increasing your calories slowly to avoid unwanted weight gain.
  • Food is fuel for your body, especially healthy foods. When you fuel your body with the right things, you get more energy. Think of it as gasoline for a car, it needs it to keep moving. 
  • When you feel full, you are going to reduce the amounts of snacking that you are doing. A lot of times, snacking is where people tend to overdo it. It is so easy to snack throughout the day and not even realize how many calories added up to. 
  • If you are wanting to gain some weight back, without overdoing it and gaining more than you anticipated. Slowly adding to your calorie intake and taking it little by little could help. 

How do You Do Reverse Dieting?

Now that we understand what reverse dieting is, we can look more into how you do it. You may already know, but if not you need to figure out what your baseline calorie intake is for your body type. There are many ways that you can do this, one easy way is by downloading an app. Once you get that number, then decide where you want to be, that is your goal number. 

Over a period of time of 4 to 10 weeks, depending on how slow you want to take it, you will slowly increase your calorie intake 50 to 100 calories. When you get to a point that feels like you are where you need to be, that is great you can stay there. It can take you 4 weeks or less, or it can take you 4 weeks up to 10 weeks. It is all up to you and how you want to do it. 

Can You Still Lose Weight

Counting calories is a popular form of dieting for people, but it can also be hard to stick to. Many people feel that when they have met their calorie intake for the day, they are still hungry. Leaving them unsatisfied and more at risk for throwing in the towel on their diet. 

When you are reverse dieting it is increasing your calorie intake and leveling out hormone levels. Even though there are no guarantees that weight loss can be achieved this way, those are things that could help you lose weight. If you are looking to maintain weight, and want to add calories into your daily count, this way can be beneficial to you. 

Reasons You Shouldn’t Reverse Diet

While this method can work for a lot of people, it requires a lot of math and paying attention to everything that you consume. You wouldn’t want to assume a meal is 100 calories and really it is 800. That would completely mess up your method. 

If you don’t have the right knowledge and information to do this correctly, you probably shouldn’t do it. You have to be able to follow it very strictly in order to get the results that you are wanting. All of the scientific studies of this diet don’t have all the scientific studies to back it up yet. 

Contacts Us At Healing Hands Chiropractic

At Healing Hand chiropractic, Dr. Amanda Lee is passionate about a healthy lifestyle. It can improve so much about the way you feel and your overall health. If you are interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle and the steps that you need to do to get there, give our office a call. We would love to help you and answer any questions that you may have. 

Did you know Chiropractic care can help treat chronic back pain, sports injuries and auto accidents?

Get in touch with Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic today for an initial consultation!