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The truth about ‘quick’ weight loss
- Updated: April 5, 2013
When it comes to weight loss, wow are things out of whack! Infomercials promise it will be quick. In fact, the newest solutions promise you’ll lose 10 pounds in 2 days!
Whatever your passion, pills, meal skipping, liquid diets, devices, wraps, juices, or any combination thereof, you can find them being sold with the promise of “quick” weight loss.
Here’s the elusive reality. Quick weight loss is absolutely, positively, 100% guaranteed to result in residual weight gain! Quick weight loss amounts to water loss (muscle is 70% water).
The best way to lose weight quickly is by liquid dieting, chugging water, walking 12 miles, swallow some caffeine pills, and sitting in the sauna for 30 minutes at a time. I guarantee you’ll lose weight. But are those methods effective or healthy if the goal is long term fat reduction? Of course not… Even if it was effective (which it isn’t), is that a regimen you can stick to? Not in a million years.
My greatest challenge in helping people to grasp the truth is that new offerings with absurd promises continue to vie for their attention . . . and with powerful marketing, the bogus offers often win. (In the short term that is).
The most absurd part of the whole “I can’t lose weight” process is the belief that after embarking upon a restrictive diet, a bout with stimulants disguised as “supplements,” or an excessive aerobic exercise routine is the tendency of weight loss wants to blame themselves!
“It’s my fault, I didn’t stick to it,” they say. With that thought as the foundation of their belief systems, you can be certain they’re going to go out in search of yet another promise that fells flat.
The longer an individual attempts to remain on a restrictive program, the more likely it is that muscle will be sacrificed and thyroid hormone production will be altered. Translated, that means metabolism slows. (The weight loss sellers love that! It means you’ll be back for more!)
In fact, the entire weight loss industry thrives simply because it fails. People fail to get what they pay for . . . and they come back for more of the same.
Nobody really explained, at a level that it was absorbed and integrated into “belief,” that there isn’t any “quick” path. In order to get the body to release fat, you have to understand some realities:
1. The human body is not really capable of shedding more than 3 pounds of fat in a week, especially on an ongoing basis.
2. The human body is capable of losing far more than 3 pounds in a week, but that would indicate loss of either muscle or water.
3. Muscle loss is guaranteed to decrease caloric burn and slow metabolism.
4. Water loss is temporary. When weight returns, you blame the program.
Since so many have actually lost 8, 10, or even 12 pounds in a week or two, (on a liquid diet) when they get on a program that doesn’t immediately team up with the scale to create the illusion that “it’s working,” they feel frustrated, defeated, and ready to bail out. Nobody helped them to understand that the journey has to take time.
It gets even more frustrating. If you take someone who is used to starving, to cutting back on food, and they begin to consume meals complete in proteins and supportive carbohydrates, they begin to hold more “glycogen” in muscle tissue.
That’s a good thing! Glycogen is stored fuel. If they’ve also started an exercise program, their glycogen storing propensity is even greater. Glycogen attracts water! After two weeks on an efficacious and valuable fat loss program, it is possible that “scale weight” might have crept up a few pounds! Since so many have been programmed to gauge their progress by the scale’s momentary report, the all too familiar “failure” sensations kick in all over again.
Listen up… you know me by now. I’m not going to tell you it’s quick or it’s easy. What I am going to tell you is the truth!
When you get the balance between the right nutrition and the right exercise program you begin a process of ongoing improvement that can take you literally as far as you’d like to go. The scale cannot tell you anything other than how many pounds you weigh under gravity at any given moment. It cannot distinguish between water, bone, muscle, internal organs, teeth or hair. It simply gives you a meaningless total.
Your best weapon is common sense (and the mirror). Many let go of their common sense to welcome the belief that there’s some sort of magic just waiting to “melt fat” away. It’s a dangerous belief. It’s the one that sends you bailing out when you’ve only started the journey.
If you want to arrive at your destination, and that destination has anything to do with a lean, toned body, you’re going to have to play by the rules of nature. If someone does circumvent nature, and invent a legitimate pill, product, or device that melts fat or drops pounds permanently and healthfully, believe me I’ll shout at the top of my lungs to spread the word. Until then I have only the truth. It may not be as glamorous as hyped up promises, but it can serve you as well.
Dave Parise C.P.T MES CPTA