clever and stupid ways to lose weight.
weight is one thing people crave and will go to many lengths to
achieve. This article outlines the good and the bad ways to do this.
calories and stopping eating.
classic thought process is that if you stop eating you will lose
weight. In reality successful weight loss is best achieved when
the body knows that food is easily available yet you are eating less than what you need. This is because you
possess a powerful famine response survival mechanism. This would
have served to keep you alive thousands of years ago when we were
body’s famine response works by increasing the amount of fat
storing enzymes and increasing your hunger during times of food
shortage. It also shuts down your metabolic rate so you burn less calories per day. It does this so any food you do eat is stored as fat until
your next meal and the increased hunger makes it more likely you
would go out and catch some food.
in the West we are not in a famine. However, eating irregularly
or drastically cutting calories tricks the body into sensing a famine and employing its survival
response. This makes you better at storing fat and increases your
appetite. At this point losing weight is very difficult as food
becomes more tempting and metabolic rate slows. You will still lose fat if you can stick to it but almost no one ever does.
is perhaps the most unhealthy way to lose weight as starving yourself
thin depletes the body of vital nutrients. To react to this your
body will lower its metabolic rate and stop performing non essential
health functions in an attempt to survive. This means that even if
you lose weight it doesn't mean you are getting healthier.
can also results in large losses of muscle tissue which for any
athlete or rugby player will undermine their performance potential.
a slimming pill or similar product.
is no one product that can achieve weight loss. To lose weight effectively
it is about changing the energy balance of the body so that you begin to use up fat stores. A slimming pill just
acts like a drug temporarily raising the metabolic rate but increases are minimal. Many estimate it to be just 3% which is less 75 calories for the average person. That is not even a third of a chocolate bar. While some claim bigger gains even the most outrageous claim is still no more than a chocolate bar's worth of calories. A higher metabolic rate will also bring stronger hunger which is not overly helpful when dieting and there are also numerous health issues involved as side effects of the products. NO supplement can match the effect of a good exercise session.
If these worked then why wouldn't they be given out by every doctor?
people cannot follow rigid diets. The trend these days are for either low to no carb, low fat or vegetarian based diets. All of these mean you are too low on one of the macro nutrients your body needs. The result is almost every diet will fail the majority of people. The wise option if following a diet is to select a diet plan than will not take you low in any specific nutrient for what your body needs.
Going Exercise Crazy
common method is to play the numbers game once more and flog yourself
on the exercise machines for one or more hours. On the one hand this is a good thing but people run into problems if they exercise at the expense of addressing food or if in combination with too strict a diet they are greatly under consuming calories or macro nutrients, the result is the inevitable binge and falling off the diet only to not get back on. If your diet is in place though this approach is powerful for results.
your health and fitness
For many they take a clean diet approach to build their health which is great but many complain that they do not see body fat losses. This is because even though you can eat more clean food than dirty food before you gain fat you can still get fat eating good foods. This is where the health vs fat loss approach run into each other. There is no one diet that can otimise both these elements. It could be you could eat 3000 calories of clean food before you gain fat. However, for fat loss that same diet may need to be of 2200 calories not 3000. The reality is you need to manipulate some of the variable to at different points of the year to get both optimal sports and health performance as well as optimised fat loss.
The best method to lose fat is to sensibly control your eating, ensure you roughly hit your ideal macro nutrients and move every day. While none of these individual days will be overly spectacular, if you run 30 of them together you get a huge change. If you put 90 together you have created a ridiculous body transformation.