April 2, 2022

Starvation Mode and The Brain

Starvation mode is your body’s natural, expected & protective response to keeping you alive by storing energy (calories) in fat tissues for potential future use.

Starvation mode is commonly something experienced after prolonged periods of calorie restriction, high stress and over-exercising.

I experienced starvation mode from roughly 2010-2014. I was just coming off of competing in Figure Competitions where I was eating a very low carbohydrate diet, doing fasted cardio and weight training twice a day.

The amount of output was not matching the amount of calories consumed. Therefore my body went into a protective state, trying to hold onto every calorie for fear when the next meal may or may not come.

The imbalance of how much I was consuming and how much I was expending is what set my nervous system into starvation mode.

Common symptoms of starvation mode include:

✔️Lethargy and always struggling with energy
✔️Constipation and irregular daily Howe movements
✔️Feeling cold all the time no matter the temperature outside
✔️Your brain and body being resistant to any changes in body fat no matter how consistent or perfect you are

Starvation mode is a survival response by your brain to keep you alive.

Please see the below video on what happens to your brain during starvation mode.

**This post is to help share information about starvation mode and not meant to diagnose.

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