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  1. George Super BootCamps
    January 4, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I too was once a “I must avoid starvation mode at all costs” believer, thoroughly brainwashed by the hype about constant feeding and keeping my blood sugar levels stable, and all the associated bollocks that goes with it.

    I remember thinking that as soon as I got hungry I would start looking for food, I was totally averse to ever feeling hunger, because as soon as I did, I would be in starvation mode and my muscles would simply wash away and I’d be 3 stone before the end of the day.

    Ah, how things are different now, much easier, much more pleasant and much, much freer. Liberating, nothing less.

    The more that people learn about this the better, that’s why I write about it, but I also make sure that I caution that just because I’ve found a way that works for me, doesn’t mean that this way will work for everyone. It’s about finding the nutritional path that works for you and makes you healthy, happy and perform like a champion.

    Keep up the good work,
    George
    Superbootcamps.com

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    • Kevin
      January 30, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      Good advice George … it’s smart to find what works for you.

      It’s funny, I find myself worrying about starvation mode even still from time to time. Then I just have to remind myself of my past experiences and all of the studies that have been done on the subject and I calm down 😀

      Losing muscle isn’t good; but you really don’t have to worry about it for the most part as long as you are using your muscles.

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      • paula
        January 21, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

        loll i agree actual starvetion mode starts after few weeks of improper diet, as in very low cal diet.. but when a person is dieting for long periods and at any point in life he/she wants to have a normal 3 course meal per day his/her body would not be able to breakdown all that like it used to in the first place. Plus, if you stop your exercising routine you would gain weight twice as fast, because the muscles use most of the energy you consume in your meal. Therefore, only start a program that you can stay on for life!

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  2. getfit
    January 6, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    Hi Kevin. I’ve stopped eating 4-5 hours before my workout and 1 hour after it as per Rusty’s blog so that this will promote maximum fat burn. The only problem is that I’ve developed a severe case of acidity due to this. Could you shed some light on whether this is the best approach to follow or can I do something to minimize the discomfort due to not eating for around 8 hours during the day.thanks

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    • Kevin
      January 6, 2012 @ 9:51 am

      I too usually workout in a fasted state as well and have gotten the best fat loss results from doing this. There are a couple things I’d recommend.

      First, you can limit eating to 3-4 hours prior to your workout and that should be sufficient. I personally eat my lunch at 1-1:30pm and workout at 5pm. After my workout I will eat anywhere from 1/2 hour to 1 hour afterwards, unless I’m trying to build muscle mass, then it’s right away.

      I’m guessing that the majority of your diet is lean meats and protein?? You need to eat as much vegetables as possible and eat fruit during the day as well. Eating enough vegetables creates more of an alkaline state instead of an acidic state in your body.

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    • paula
      January 21, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

      the acidity is resulting from acid in your stomach (HCl). this acid release is hormonally controlled. As your are not used to staying hungry for 5-6 hours, your body’s hormonal system releases the acid as per your usual diet. This should go away in about few weeks once your hormonal system is adjusted.

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