While doing calorie shifting, metabolism gets confused but how the weight loss will happen? Why not weight gain? Sarah. [via Ask Questions]
Great question. Calorie shifting works in both directions. It can help you lose weight, but it can also help you gain weight. In either case, a calorie-shifting diet could help you achieve your goal. As you have correctly pointed out, the main purpose of calorie shifting is to confuse your metabolism and prevent your body from getting used to a certain number of calories, but whether you gain or lose weight is determined by what is known as a baseline number of calories.
For example, let’s say you need 1,500 calories to maintain your present weight. In other words, 1,500 calories a day is your baseline. If you consistently eat less than 1,500 calories, you will lose weight. If you consistently eat more than 1,500 calories, you will gain weight.
Keeping the example above in mind, if your goal is to lose weight, you can use calorie shifting to temporarily increase your daily calorie consumption by a certain amount of calories on some days, but you should also use calorie shifting to temporarily decrease your daily calorie consumption by a certain amount of calories on other days – in order to lose weight, however, on most days you should eat less than the baseline number of calories.