Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Extreme Dieting - why it DOESN'T work

You HAVE to get it out of your head that losing weight is quick and painless - that there are no magic pills out there or magic sprinkle you can put over your food that will make you thin....it just doesn't exist.

If you want to lose weight, get tone, get fit and STAY that way - it takes time, determination, sweat, tears - it's literally a battle.  But you CAN win - and you will be so much stronger a person for going through that battle and WORKING hard!

Ever wonder why that woman you know at work who is always 'dieting' never seems to reach her goals?  Why Oprah has been on every single diet known to man and chronicled it on her show and yo-yo's constantly - never getting to her ultimate weight goal?  Because 'dieting' is crap.  It's a HUGE multi-million dollar industry full of processed, chemically laden so-called food that people fall for every single day.

There is no trick, no smoke and mirrors and nothing complicated - it's all in food intake and calories burned.  You have to burn more than you intake and the QUALITY of the food you intake must be good, clean, lean and choc full of nutrients like fiber, healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains, veggies and fruits.  It's SO easy that we have overlooked it.

The problems are the marketing ploys of the 'dieting' industry and our society that have driven into our heads that in order to lose weight, you have to starve yourself - you have to eat as little as possible and go to extremes.  Underconsuming - What does this do:

  • Leads to overeating and binging because your body is starving
  • Causes your metabolism to slow 
  • Causes your blood sugar to dip and then spike when you eat again, thus causing you to overeat
  • Causes your body to go into FAT STORAGE MODE where it will hold on for dear life to all fat stores because you are not feeding it enough - YOU WILL NOT HIT YOUR GOAL THIS WAY!
A good friend and physician sent me a link that absolutely disgusted me at some of the so-called 'medical' professionals that administer extreme weight loss scams in this world.  Take a look at the link below when you get time but the gist of it is that women who are getting married are looking for the next 'quick fix' to ensure they don't look fat on their wedding day and taking part in the 'K-E' diet.  You may have seen this on Good Morning America.  The women are hooked up to a feeding tube for 2 weeks through their nose and are administered calories through this tube - 800 or less.  

They are guaranteed to lose 20lbs in 10 days this way.  This is DANGEROUS and TEMPORARY!  The majority of the weight that comes off is WATER - yes thats right, water weight that will come back.  The body is starving and once you return to eating your 'normal' way - and most of these women aren't eating correctly or healthy to begin with - you will gain the weight double time as your body will cling on to the influx of calories coming in.  


Most people will overeat after severely restricting their caloric intake for a period of time.  What happens when you overeat?  Your system cannot digest all of these calories, fats, proteins and carbohydrates at once and many of them will turn into FAT STORES!

So what's the point?  If you are getting married, want to lose weight, have a health and fitness goal - you can lose those 20lbs HEALTHILY and keep them off in 2 months by eating clean, eating often, exercising all the while building a lean, tone body to boot!  Best part - it won't cost you an arm and a leg like these extreme weight loss 'solutions' that will only be temporary.

Women should NEVER consume less than 1200 calories a day and should be eating every 3 hours with a combination of proteins, healthy fats and complex carbs (whole grains).  If you are under consuming or even over consuming and eating a lot of fast foods, processed foods and foods full of saturated fats (bacon, eggs, food in a box, drive-through, etc) - switching to eating clean and non processed AND more often will trigger your metabolism and you WILL DROP WEIGHT!  It's amazing - eat more to lose- but you must eat the right foods!

Great example:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats cooked in water with 1/2 cup unsweet almond milk and stevia/cinnamon
1/2 cup berries in oatmeal
4 egg whites on side 

Whole grain tortilla with hummus, ground turkey, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes - wrap!

'Homemade Burrito Bowl'
1/2 cup brown rice with 4 ounces of chicken (fist size), 1/2 cup bell peppers and onions and 2 TBS salsa

15 raw almonds
1/2 cup berries
3 ounces white meat rotisserie chicken

Grilled Salmon with grilled asparagus and tomatoes

Creamy Protein Shake with 1/2 cup unsweet almond milk and ice in a blender (1 scoop)

How can you ever be hungry eating this often and this yummy of food?  You CAN'T!  Who says eating clean has to be boring, difficult and a struggle - it just doesn't.  It's simple.

Stay the course - don't be tricked by these extreme diets!  Remember - your metabolism only has one life!  Yo-yo diet enough, and you can burn it out - DON'T do it!

Make your week a healthy one!

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