Our expert says:
Hi Jane S
One of many reasons why I am against the idea of jaw wiring is that it messes up the body's metabolic processes so much that trying to predict what will happen in the long term is just about impossible. When people diet to lose weight, sometimes they find that they don't lose weight at all and one reason is that the body is so clever that it knows how much energy it is being given from food and when this decreases, the body simply reduces the amount of energy it uses. The net result is that you don't actually lose weight. This is why if you are dieting it is key to eat quite a lot and quite often - 5 meals a day, because it keeps the body's metabolic rate up and actually promotes the use of energy. Now, with jaw wiring we are talking extremes of energy deprivation and change. I must be honest and confess that I don't know what is happening metabolically in this case.
Now, the other thing that may be at work here is that you are training and training builds muscle and so that means that your mass should increase. Any fat loss from training is then offset by an increase in muscle mass and that causes many people confusion. So be mindful of this, and make sure that your goal is to get fitter, to look better and not to worry too much about the scale. It does not tell the full story. And really, you need to look at your diet, because you don't need this extreme - it's going to cause problems in the long run.
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