Is Reverse Dieting Necessary?

Reverse dieting to increase metabolism after a fat loss phase is a controversial subject. Some swear by it, while others claim it’s unnecessary and a money-making scam of diet coaches.

Having followed my own fat loss efforts both with and without reverse dieting, I’m convinced it’s a powerful tool with huge benefits.

However, that’s not to say it’s for everyone, or that it should be used in every circumstance.

Joseph Westrupp - lean arm photo
I stayed this lean while I increased my calories from 1900 up to 3000 using reverse dieting

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My Best Reverse Diet: 1900 to 3000 Calories With No Fat Gain

Most diets fail and lead to fat rebound. The reason is that the post-diet period isn’t given enough consideration—people lose weight, then go straight back to how they ate before the diet, which is what got them fat in the first place.

Reverse dieting is a great way to fix this situation. By using it you can keep your results and avoid becoming another diet-failure statistic.

In my most successful reverse dieting experiment I increased my food intake from 1900 Calories all the way up to 3000 with no fat gain.

Joseph Westrupp staying lean with a reverse diet
This is the shape I maintained all the way up to 3000 Calories

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Reverse Dieting & Metabolic Whiplash

Reverse dieting is possibly the single most important thing for permanent leanness. With my history of yo-yo dieting it really did change my life, and it’s now one of the key concepts in my whole approach to physical development.

But it’s not well-studied, so using it is a matter of experimentation. My own testing has shown a possible unpleasant surprise—a sort of metabolic whiplash if you will. In the following I’ll explain what it is and how to deal with it to avoid setbacks.

Joseph Westrupp after reverse dieting

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