Thinking Of Starting A Diet – Avoid Being In State Of Alert

Did you know that if you crash diet or you change things too quickly with your diet, your body goes into what is known as State Of Alert. This means that your body goes into shut down mode and doesn't like what is happening. Most people go onto a crash diet to lose weight and think this is the answer but it isn't. Did you know when you do this your body will actually hold onto more fat and you won't lose it. You may hop on the scales and notice you are losing pounds of weight, but guess what, this isn't body fat. This will be things like water retention and muscle mass and this is bad. If you lose muscle mass then you are going to slow your metabolism, and what helps burn fat??? Yes, your metabolism!

Treat dieting like an aircraft landing on a runway. The pilots of the aircraft begin the descent and make sure they are able to land properly on the runway 30 minutes before they land. They make sure everything is ok to land before reaching the runway. Imagine what would happen if they left it to the last minute and landed the aircraft without careful planning, it would be a disaster. Make sure when it comes to your diet you give yourself enough time and you plan it out correctly.

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.


  • Peter

    So if you are just looking at diet, what would be an advisable calorie deficit?
    What is the minimum calorie intake you need before your body goes into starvation mode?
    What would be a rough balance of calorie sources (what % from Carbs, Protein and Fats)?
    What other things should you consider?

    • Scott Riches
      September 10, 2013 Scott Riches

      Hey Peter, in my opinion a deficit of 500 calories per day, over a 7 day week so that you lose a total of 3500 calories. This equates to 1lb of body fat. This is a healthy way of doing it. To work out a proper diet for you would take a whole analysis and body composition to know all the intricate details of your body which is something unfortunately we can't do here. Again for your macros it would depend on your body type. My advice to you, experiment with your body, don't go crazy. The post was to help people that tend to crash diet and don't plan properly. Hope this helps :) Scott

Post a Comment

Please wait...