This article was updated on the 1st of December, 2020
I had to write this after what happened yesterday. I met someone who had lost 15kg in three months, i had seen her three months before when she was fatter, and all of a sudden, she had lost 15kg by the following methods:
1. Eating once a day
2. Taking laxatives (purgatives) anytime she ate more than once a day.
3. Exercising 6 hours a day
Now I am sure some of you might be thinking that is really impressive, but don’t go there yet.. I also noticed something apart from the weight loss, She was looking sickly, her skin was looking sagged, she suddenly looked so much older than she actually is. And while i congratulated her about her weight loss, I had to tell her, that she looked ridiculously old, and malnourished.
Losing weight is one thing, and losing it in a healthy manner is another thing. I have talked about taking laxatives before, i don’t think the side effects are worth it, and you are doing your body no good.
The food you normally eat serves as a source of energy to the body, and i think eating should be a good experience and not one in which you starve, stay hungry and weak all day long. Besides, do you plan to eat that way all your life? Because once you start your normal diet the weight creeps up again, so why start something you can’t finish? When you can eat healthy and still lose weight? And why on earth would you exercise for six hours daily?
Believe me, starvation reduces your bodies rate of metabolism, so i am sure she would have lost more if she had done three hours of exercise with a healthy diet.
One thing people have to understand is that you can eat healthy and still lose weight. Starvation does not do you any good. It makes it harder. Her diet is what i normally call starvation diet, and has so many disadvantages which might include:
1. Like in her case, looking sickly and malnourished
3. Heart problems
4. Gall stones
5. Reduces your ability to fight infections, and many others
Remember, eating gives your body energy, while exercise helps burn off the calories. So we all know that the best way to lose weight is by creating a deficit, so that you end up burning much more than you take in.
Calories usually just refer to the amount of energy your body has, and you get this calories by eating. The body uses this calorie to do its various activities.
You have seen this before, but i would still repeat it here:
• 1 gram of carbohydrate = 4 calories
• 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
• 1 gram of fat = 9 calories
Calories are also found in alcohol, and a gram of alcohol is equal to 7 calories.
Now you need to also remember that food stored in the body, no matter the food class, still all ends in the same way…………..AS FAT!
Protein excesses would be stored as fat, carbs excesses as fat, and fat excesses to are stored as fat. So every excess food, or any calorie that your body does not use is definitely and simply stored as fat.
So when you take in excess food and don’t work out, the reminder is stored as fat!
So to lose weight remember that 1 pound equals 3500 calories, so for every 3500 calories you burn, that’s 1 pound gone!
So take for example you need to lose 1 pound in a week, all you have to do is burn 500 calories daily (and trust me its not that easy) and in seven days you would have burnt 3500 (ensuring that you are on the right diet too)
You need to know the amount of calories your body needs daily, so that you ensure that you don’t eat more than that, and you also exercise, so you can create a deficit.
Remember that the surest way to weight loss is exercising and dieting.
When exercising, remember that you should aim to build muscle (not guy muscles o) but the ones that make you look well toned. Muscle increases the rate at which your body burns fat. One thing you should remember how ever is that it weighs more than fat, so in the beginning of your dieting and working out, you might initially notice a weight increase especially if you do strength training and all that, but that muscle would help you burn off the fat even when you are not exercising.