Oct 23 2015

There’s No Shortcuts In Fat Loss

I’m impatient. When I want something, I want it NOW 😉 What I’m trying to say is that I understand the mentality of wanting the quick fix. Abs by tomorrow? Yes please! Quite frankly, if there was a way of delivering the body I’m working towards faster, I’d take it…

I’m impatient. When I want something, I want it NOW 😉 What I’m trying to say is that I understand the mentality of wanting the quick fix. Abs by tomorrow? Yes please!

Quite frankly, if there was a way of delivering the body I’m working towards faster, I’d take it – who wouldn’t? I don’t blame anyone for looking for the quickest route to success, that’s just plain logic.
Where the problem lies – especially when it comes to building a killer physique  – is all the so called ‘quick fixes’ that dangle the carrot of that smoking hot body in half the time (whilst disguising the fact that it’s only very short lived success) Even worse than that…. these so called quick fixes are often both harmful to your health and detrimental to your long term progress.

This is not our fault! Supplement companies and those wishing to sell books are quick to promote staggering results with the use of their diet or formula – all in search of that extra sale….But do they care what it does to the people they are selling to? Sadly not.

BEWARE THE “QUICK FIX”

Firstly, let me just do a brief summary of anything that I’m including in this danger zone of the harmful ‘solution’.

Any ‘diet’ that cuts your calories below 1200
Any ‘diet’ or plan that cuts out an entire food group (carbs/ dairy/ fats etc)
Any plan that replaces meals with some form of liquid or shake (aka Lighter Life/ Herbal Life)
Any plan that cuts out either days of hours of meal time opportunities (aka intermittent fasting)

Basically these types of plans have one thing in common – calorie restriction. Although disguised in my different forms, basically all of these plans simply end up in one place….you eating less!

“But a calorie deficit is required in order to lose weight” I hear you all say! Correct. But just like anything in life – there are smart ways and there are stupid/ dangerous ways to reach the same end point. If we follow any one of the above plans, we get trapped in something I like to call
THE VICOUS DIET CYCLE

CUT CALORIES
We cut massive amounts of calories out of our diet in an attempt to lose fat

WATER AND MUSCLE LOSS
At first, weight drops very quickly – we lose a lot of water, and we lose muscle due to the severe calorie restriction

STARVATION MODE
We stop losing weight pretty quickly as our body enters starvation mode – the protective mechanism our body uses when it doesn’t know when it is next going to get fed! This is essentially ‘fat storage mode’  – where we try to hang onto fuel for dear life

HUNGER STRIKES
As we enter starvation mode, our hunger levels shoot up…again our bodies defines mechanism, forcing us into thinking we have to go out and look for food

WILLPOWER RUNS OUT
This quickly descends into a battle with our willpower – which we will eventually lose. Only so long can you hold out being hungry and miserable, before you cave….

THE REBOUND
Having been so short in energy, our body then goes looking to replace all those missing calories, and we enter the ‘rebound’ This is where we gorge on large amounts of high calorie food that we are ultimately unable to control!

WEIGHT GAIN
Guess what – we put on all the weight we lost…but, because we lost muscle – and slowed down our metabolism, not only do we put on what we lost, on average we gain 5% more.

And that’s just in terms of how we look….From a health perspective, severe calorie restriction can play havoc with our immune system, with our bone density, not to mention the issues  associated with getting the correct nutrients from such small amounts of food. Couple that with the fatigue, nausea and the massive muscle loss that makes getting in shape even harder next time round….well is basically a total recipe for disaster!

Nothing in life worth having comes easy  – if something seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. Want that Striking Aesthetic… The body that turns heads the moment you walk into a room?

Embrace the grind
Make small, manageable changes that you can repeat day after day
Understand that change takes time
Know that you will have to work your butt off every single week

At the end?

You start to enjoy the process, not just the result. You like how eating well and training hard makes you feel. You like how you look better than everyone else……AND BEST OF ALL, YOU EARNED IT 😉

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Becs Cronshaw