Reverse dieting is a weight-loss strategy that’s gaining in popularity, but it can be confusing to those who haven’t heard of it. In fact, many dieters are worried that they’re doing something wrong if they’re not losing weight with each passing day.
Trying to figure out how to reverse diet? This guide will walk you through the basics and help you understand exactly how this type of dieting works.
What Is Reverse Dieting?
Reverse dieting is a way of eating that’s based on the idea that most people fail at fat loss for one simple reason: They have no idea how to work with their bodies.
A reverse dieter starts out with a large caloric deficit, which basically means burning more calories than they take in. After enough time has passed (usually anywhere from six months to a year), they slowly add calories back into their diets until they reach maintenance level (the amount of calories that allow you to maintain your current weight without any exercise or diet intervention).
The trick about reverse dieting is that you can add calories back into your diet without gaining weight or slowing your metabolism down. This allows you to eat more food while still getting the results you want.
There are mixed opinions on whether reverse dieting is a good idea or not. Some people believe that it should be avoided at all costs, while others think the exact opposite. I will go over both camps in detail and let you decide for yourselves which camp you fall into.
Like mentioned earlier, the process for reverse dieting is very simple. You gradually decrease your calorie intake week by week until you find yourself at maintenance calories. The first week, you might decrease your calories by 200 calories per day. Then, in the second week, you might take off another 200 calories per day until eventually you find yourself at maintenance calories per day.