It frustrates me to see magazines not giving a damn about their readers, and only trying to sell more copies. Who hasn’t read a huge, bright head-line reading ‘how to lose 1 pound a day’, ’10 Pounds in a Week!’, ‘Exercises for a Ripped Stomach’, ‘Exercises to Flatten your Tummy’, ‘Exercises to Tighten you Bum and Thighs’, etc. The best one I’ve actually seen on billboards reads ‘Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!’
I can tell you exactly how to lose 5 pounds or more in one day in a mere paragraph, free of charge! Just read on, it’s coming up!
There are so many people who are looking for answers, and magazines basically exploit them with these hollow promises. It makes me sick, so here I am, setting the record straight! Do not fall prey to these false claims!
First, a quick list of facts you should know about fat loss and exercise:
- You cannot spot-reduce fat, i.e. target the fat on your thighs. Your body generally first gets fat to burn from where you stored it most recently.
- Doing crunches/situps won’t flatten your tummy! You have to burn off the fat, and if you’ve had fat on your tummy for the last extra 10 pounds you’ve put on, you’ll have to lose 10 pounds of fat before it starts coming off your tummy.
- If you lose one pound a day or several pounds in a couple of days, I guarantee you it is only water loss probably due to the reduction of carbohydrate intake and more water consumption.
- You should not expect more than a 1-2 pound fat loss/week, anymore, if possible, would be hazardous to your health.
- No exercises for a particular area will ‘tighten’ that area. You just have to burn the fat off, which can be a slow, yet steady process.
- Carbohydrates can be stored as fat as easily as fat itself
- In fact, without insulin, fat can’t be stored! If you only ate fat, none would be stored as it doesn’t cause any insulin release!
- Your body requires certain fats (6-10 grams linoleic acid/day) and amino acids to survive, but requires absolutely no carbohydrates!
Exercises for particular areas will increase the underlying muscularity of an area, which may in turn, ‘firm it up’, but if you want to actually see a muscular definition, you have to burn off the fat! If you do enough of any exercise, it may in fact almost reach an aerobic status, but you’d be better served doing rowing, cycling, or any other cardio activity. They use more muscle, and burn more energy!
And now, how to lose 5 pounds in one day! For one day drink at least 10 cups of water throughout the day. Do not eat any sugars, starches, or salt (no cereals, bread, corn, carrots, pasta, rice, potatoes, juice, pop, muffins, donuts, pastries, etc.), instead eat meats, eggs, cheese, and low-carb vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, celery, lettuce).
If you stick with this diet for just one day and eat about as much as you like, not counting calories, I guarantee you the next morning, even that evening, you’ll have lost around 5 pounds! But it’s all water!! Carbs, salt, and insulin all cause water retention, eliminating them from your body eliminates water retention and you’ll weigh less, and look better.
Is this a gimmick? Am I saying not to do it? No, I’m not. Why not keep doing it? What you probably don’t know is that there is are huge benefits to such a diet, just read on. The sad thing is, the entire world seems geared to low-fat, high carb diets, that just don’t work! They’re dangerous because of elevated insulin, and essential fat deficiencies, and have not slowed the fattening trend of North America. Yet here you’ll find another ‘research paper’ that encourages low-fat living! Conversely, here is a paper citing many studies that show how ineffective low-fat diets are.
Currently (and finally) there is a bit of a trend towards a carbohydrate reduced diet to achieve weight loss amongst a host of other benefits. This is by no means a new concept, as I’m sure many of you have heard of the Atkins diet which was first published around 30 years ago.
You may, however, be surprised to learn that there have been diets recorded and published expounding the benefits of a moderate to a higher fat, higher protein, and carbohydrate-restricted diet as much as 150 years ago! Over the decades, several studies have shown such a diet to be effective, and the Eskimos prove it every day!
The mild success of today’s diets probably stems from the fact that avoiding fat means avoiding donuts, chips, fries, burgers, pastries, hashbrowns, fried rice, many crackers, cake, cookies, muffins, many pastas, and more. Not only do these contain fat, but also loads of carbohydrates. Instead, people have to look for alternative sources like fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, there are plenty of low-fat foods still high in carbs: bagels, cereals, pasta, rice, and more.
Not to mention, in the low-fat craze, many manufacturers have been replacing fat in their foods with sugar so as not to lose flavour. And to top it off, since it’s low fat, we tend to eat more of it, consuming large quantities of carbohydrates. Can you tell I’m leading up to something?