Friday, June 19, 2015

Learning.... Reverse Dieting

“Reverse dieting,” simply put, is the slow addition of calories into your daily caloric intake in order to restore your metabolism after a phase of dieting, or to maximize your metabolic capacity with minimal body fat gain. In short, the goal is to increase your body’s ability to process calories and energy. It is a slow process that requires consistency and patience over time. By adding in these calories slowly, you give your body time to adjust to them with the goal being as minimal body fat gain as possible.

These “calories”, that you add in while reverse dieting generally come in the form of carbohydrate and/or fat grams. Generally speaking, amounts of 5-10g of carbohydrates and 1-3g of fat per week are added. However, it does vary for everyone. People respond to reverse dieting differently. Just in case you are unaware of how macronutrients translate into calories:

For every 1 gram of protein = 4 calories

For every 1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories

For every 1 gram of fat = 9 calories