So I keep hearing these commercials on the radio for special pills that will guarantee you lose “up to” 30 pounds in 12 weeks. 2 1/2 pound a week if you take their pill daily. Just take their pill…it’s guaranteed.
Sounds fantastic doesn’t it?
Sounds easy don’t it?
Sounds too good to be true, right?
BECAUSE IT IS!!!
What is easy to miss while being mesmerized by the ad is that as a woman, you need to follow a strict diet of less than 1350 calories per day.
Guess what happens if you eat only 1350 calories per day (aside from being somewhat hungry)…you lose a little over a pound a week! If you throw in a little exercise, you lose even more!
This is kind of like Mitt Romney saying his economic plan promises 12 million new jobs over the next four years…guess what? Most independent economists say that 12 million jobs will be added back to the labor force no matter WHO is elected President.
…but I digress.
The bottom line is that smart, healthy weight loss must come at a price, and that price is a little sweat and a lot of discipline. If you starve yourself in order to lose weight three things will happen:
- •You’ll be hungry.
- •You’ll slow your metabolism down which means you will burn calories at a progressively slower rate.
- •You’ll gain the weight back and more when you go back to eating the portions you ate before because of #2.
So what is one to do if not create a caloric deficit?
Here’s the thing – you DO want to create a deficit. Although it is more complex than simply calories in vs. calories out, the basic principle holds true. The key is to create the deficit while not starving oneself and slowing down the metabolism.
How? There are three keys:
- •Proper diet – not a diet in the “I’m on a diet” sense, but rather an approach to food that gives you nourishment while making your body work to digest and absorb its nutrients – unprocessed and unrefined foods, lots of veggies and fruits, plenty of fiber.
- •Physical Activity – you don’t have to be a gym rat or a running fool (like me) to boost your metabolism through exercise. Walking, jogging, biking, playing tag with your kids, dancing with your partner…60 minutes a day of some sort of activity is all it takes. You can even break it down into 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, etc – get creative.
- •Sleep – this is often the ignored part of maintaining a higher metabolism and optimal health. Believe it or not, 7 – 9 hours of sleep a day is a great way to burn fat. There’s a lot of science that I won’t get into here, but the bottom line is that getting the required amount of sleep not only promotes fat loss while you are sleeping, but helps you avoid snacking on junkfood in the afternoon when you start to fade.
Don’t waste your money on the magic pills. Their effect, in my opinion, is more placebo than any magic ingredient that gets your metabolism flying – and those that do? Be careful about just what those ingredients are doing to your system. 1350 calories a day isn’t much. 1200 calories is the minimal amount of calories a bed-ridden woman needs simply to survive. You get the picture?
Eat well, move 60 minutes a day and get some sleep. Try it for a few weeks and see what happens.