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Extreme Weight Loss – How it adds up & what to do instead

October 9, 2017 / diet, exercise, Nutrition, Weight Loss

Everybody wants extreme weight loss in as short a time as possible, yet very few people see these results last much longer then their 2 week summer holiday.

I’m sure many people know the situation, you start a 6 week diet in the hope of losing weight for holiday, Christmas, birthday etc. So you start an extreme diet and end up cutting down on your calories by more than half, you’re currently consuming 2000 calories and you know about the guidelines about cutting down by 500 calories a day is ideal weight loss, but surely the more calories you cut down the better results will be?

Of course dropping more calories will result in greater ‘weight’ loss but why don’t the experts advise cutting calories down to lower and lower calories?

This is because the ‘weight’ lost during these diets causes us to be further from our true goals, and leads us to a dangerous recoil back to obesity.

What the heck am I talking about?

First let me paint the situation for you…

You want to lose weight so you weigh yourself…

Say the weight comes in at 14st 4lbs (91kg)

But lets look even deeper…

  • That’s 2.5st (16kg) body fat
  • 11.5st on lean active tissue

Then we start the 1000 calorie diet…

and we see great results losing 5lb in the first week, 4lb in the 2nd week and 3lbs for the remaining 3 weeks, we achieve our goal and lose an incredible 21lbs

  • After 6 weeks we now weigh 12st 11lbs (81kg)

But when we look deeper and break down what we’ve lost the story changes…

The 21lb weight loss breaks down like this…

  • 9.5lbs (4.3kg) from body fat
  • 11.5lbs (5kg) from lean active tissue.

Less than half of our weight has come from fat, with more coming from lean active tissue such as muscle. We’re actually unhealthier, less fit, weaker and less active.

Our metabolism has gone done, our activity levels have reduced and we barely move around anymore. We’re primed and ready for our weight to spring back up and more when our diet returns to what it was before the diet.

This is why more than 95% of people fail to achieve their goals for any length of time.

What can we do to stop the trend?

We need to play a different game. We need to LOSE FAT / NOT WEIGHT, Burn The Fat, Not Starve The Body.

This is where Protein and Weight Training are so important. By increasing protein we preserve muscle and avoid the body breaking it down, by weight training we’re able to burn the fat and increase our active tissue to burn MORE calories. We need to cut the food down little by little so that we don’t end up burning the wrong kind of weight. By cutting down by 500 calories or so, we’re not wasting time, we’re succeeding in the long run. Imagine if you followed the REAL experts (who have exercise science degrees, who have spent over 10 years learning and educating with SCIENCE and not hearsay) advice the first time instead of what the popular diets suggested. Clearly the popular diets don’t work for the long run if ultimately we’re going backwards over the years.

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