The best analogy of how much and why you should eat is to think about a car. It needs gas (as well as motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, etc.) to go from point A to B. The further you go, the more gas it will need. When you run out, it quits. Food is how humans get from point A to B. If you are an athlete pushing your body to it's limits, you need more food. When your body needs energy to move and you are not consuming enough through, your body goes into survival mode. In survival mode, four major events take place.
1) Your body will use stored fat for energy. Now this doesn't sound too bad. Moving fat from storage to where it can be used as energy does not happen instantly.
2) Muscle Loss. Your body will grab muscle while it waits on the fat to mobilize and start to be used as energy. All your weight room efforts are wasted if you are not eating enough food.
3) Fat Hoarding. You body will begin to store as much fat as possible anytime you eat to use for the times you don't eat.
4) Brain runs on secondary fuel called ketones. Ketones are used to keep vital functions like heartbeat and lungs functions. This makes it difficult to think clearly and make decisions.
Skipping meals or cutting calories causes you to lose much more than weight.
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