Ever wonder why there would come a time that dieters would hit a plateau no matter how effective their diet is? This is because our body adjusts to the new eating plan, therefore slowing down the metabolism until it burns less fat and less calories. Your body thinks that you are not eating less because you are dieting, but rather that you are starving yourself, which is why it automatically slows down the metabolism to conserve your energy.
This dilemma is the root cause on why some health experts are advocating "The Calorie Cycling." Also known as calorie shifting, calorie cycling involves changing the amount of calories you eat from one day to the next, therefore tricking our metabolism into thinking that we are not dieting and keep it from slowing down, thus we continue to lose weight.
But that does not mean you have every excuse to overeat, as you still need to follow your daily calorie deficit. For instance, if you need to eat 2500 calories on average each day, you can eat 2500 calories today, then take in 2000 the next day, and go for 3000 the day after that. Shifting the amount of calories you take in makes sure your metabolism keeps at a normal pace and does not slow down in response to hunger.
Another variation of the calorie cycling is by eating foods at different caloric values on every full meal up to four times a day, without any snacks of tiny meals in between. You also need to drink up to 10 glasses of water a day, as it helps speed up the process by flushing out the food and help keep metabolism high.
Because you are eating meals in different caloric values, your body reacts by raising metabolism and burn the fat. This unusual method of dieting has been quickly dismissed as being a scam, but not for those who have tried that calorie shifting and were surprised at the results.