Marching Into the Peace Corps, Pt 31: “lose 10 Inches and 10 Pounds in the First Week!”

Infomercial exercise programs are making some pretty lofty claims – most are floating a guarantee of 10 pounds and 10 inches off your waistline in seven to 10 days. Can these results be real, healthy, or even true? What does it take to lose 10 pounds fast?

  • Gorton’s salmon patty = 100 calories.
  • 5 ounces of chicken breast = 288 calories
  • ½ cup of zucchini = 13 calories
  • ½ cup of yellow summer squash = 18 calories
  • ¼ red bell pepper = 20 calories
  • ½ portabella mushroom = 29 calories
  • total caloric fish meal = 180
  • total caloric chicken meal = 368

Breakfast is always 1 cup of oatmeal and a hard boiled egg white (179 calories), and my last meal of the day consists of carrots, tomato, celery, another hard boiled egg white, and cucumber slices (103 calories). Also what you don’t see mentioned in my diet, but are factored in are things like: the tiny bit of olive oil that I coat the bottom of the pan, goji berries, flax and sesame seeds, and bee pollen granules I consume.

The one thing the fitness exercise program dietary recommendations do is jump start your body into quick weight loss so you’ll see results fast. Don’t confuse this with healthy weight loss, as the two are quite different. The crash diet technique in the “Slim in 6” program has you consuming nothing but liquids for the first day or two, and then you go on a severely restricted caloric diet full of processed convenience foods. This is a bad idea, and the biggest beef I had with the new Bob Greene Best Life Diet – processed foods are bad for your body…isn’t this exactly the same way you gained the weight in the first place? It was true of my weight gain! If you crash diet, you will slow or stop your metabolism from releasing the weight, so what’s the point of making a bad situation worse?

These diets also do not take into account (or refuse to) the fact as the body becomes more adept at consuming food and exercise, it becomes harder for you to burn the calories. If you don’t think this is true, look at a body builder who is packed with muscles and has single digit body fat. This person has almost no fat to lose – in fact they can’t lose any more fat or else their internal organs wouldn’t be protected. You body needs some fats to build cell walls as well. Since their bodies are so well trained and are as low as they can go, they would need to double or triple their efforts to release that last bit of fat. This isn’t healthy, either! The point is, the body stops losing fat at a point because it has become so efficient of a machine. It’s also part of the starvation response that has been hard wired into your brain – your body will hold onto the weight as long as possible if you try and starve yourself.

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