How do you gain body fat?

  • fiona basil

In a perfect world, weight loss or, more specifically, fat loss, would be instantaneous. But that’s not how the human body works. Instead, everything from your hormones to the neurologic system and signals adapt to every little change in your diet and exercise routine. People often do drastic things in the short term like cutting daily food intake to random numbers like 800-1200 calories per day on top of “smashing” multiple hour-long “HIIT” classes every week. This puts a lot of stress and shock on the body that creates adaptations that can do more harm than good. Your body can react by lowering BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate – the number of calories you burn at rest) which means that you may lose weight in the short term but as soon as you go back to eating normally you can often put on even more weight than you did before. Additionally, the psychological effect of depriving yourself or over-exercising in the name of weight loss doesn’t help you keep weight off over the long term either, it will lead to disordered eating and perpetuate a negative relationship with food.