Top Ten Weight Loss Methods; THAT SUCK!

First lets clear up what most of these weight loss methods have in common; they all use the same lie to sell their diets (which has given the word ‘diet’ a bad name). Their lie is hidden and we are blinded by their use of the words “weight loss”. Their deception and our ignorance go hand-in-hand for this to work.

Most of these weight loss methods actually do help you to lose weight, but that’s not what you want.

What you want is fat loss not weight loss!

Weight loss can occur in many ways; losing muscle, losing body fluid, losing your marbles, etc.

Fat Loss is fat loss

So don’t be fooled by their use of the words ‘weight loss’.

Most of these weight loss methods set us up to fail, they take us into an unnatural way of eating, or speak to the lazy bugger inside of us and say, “No exercise needed!” and we like to hear that.

So let’s look at the top ten weight loss methods for morns;

10. Coming in at number ten is Weight Watchers; which is easy for those of us with a mathematician brain and confusing for the rest of us that can only count to twenty if we are wearing sandals. The amount of people that stay on this and lose the fat are the very disciplined few; the counting calories and daily totaling of the points system can send some of us around the bend and into the nearest Pizza Hut. To poke a hole in their point system you could eat junk food and still have the points add up. Weight Watchers causes you to eat too little and that’s also another reason people find it hard to stick at.

How to avoid it: be dumb at mathematics.

9. Striking in at number nine is the South Beach Diet; this is a shame, because the South Beach diet has all the things a great food program should have; it helps you stay satisfied throughout the day, you build muscle, you have a bit of freedom, but no exercise plan!? Eating right is half right, you need to have regular exercise to kick-start your metabolism to fire up fat burning.

How to avoid it: If you are on this diet then that’s fine (you’re not a moron) but just get your butt off the beach and go swimming!

8. Eating it at number eight is the Zone Diet, ok so it’s based on combining; carbs, proteins & fats. Every time you eat you must have 40% carbs, 30% protein & 30% fats. So cased in the Zone Diet is what dieticians have been saying for centuries, and it’s out of date. Some times putting together this 40-30-30 combo can come up with strange results; you want to enjoy that ice cold beer? Go ahead, but have some cottage cheese and some olives with it (Zinczenko, 2004).

How to avoid it: If you can’t balance your cheque book then stay a way from this diet.

7. Slipping in at number seven is the Scarsdale Diet, frankly a load of crap if you ask me! The Scarsdale diet is a rapid weight loss diet, there’s that word again “weight loss” ::hint, hint, nudge, nudge:: It boasts of being able to help you lose up to 20lbs (about 9kg) in only 2 weeks! Rapid weight loss like this is very dangerous and you’ll get scared (ha ha, boom boom, maybe that’s how it got its name) because when you stop or stray from this diet ten ton Tessie will become King Kong!

How to avoid it: being patient; know that rapid weight loss is dangerous and you’ll end up putting more weight on.

6. Scoring a six in our countdown is the Chicken Soup Diet, now please you are a professional plonker if you attempt this diet; at least I was when I tried it. So what you do is have a hardy breakfast and then go cuckoo slurping on chicken soup for the rest of the day. Look, if you single out one type of food and that’s all you eat then of course you’ll lose weight (theirs those words again, remember what they mean!). Now come on, how long do you think you’ll be able to last eating flipping chicken soup everyday? And when you get bored (and you will) you’ll binge ::muahahahahaha!!:: and the fat will come rolling back (with interest).

How to avoid it: hate the chicken soup, down with the chicken soup, grill that bird mate!

5. Falling flat at number five is the Atkins Diet, which is thankfully disappearing like a bad fashion trend. Atkins gave carbohydrates a bad rap and robbed the people that followed it of vital vitamins from fruit and vegetables (that can protect us against cancer). There are also concerns that long-term dieting with the Atkins Diet could cause heart problems and high cholesterol. But the thing that I have found about the Atkins Diet is that it takes out so many types of food that are very good for you. The selection that you’re left with will eventually bore you, and once off; BOOM!

Carbohydrates; there are good carbs and bad carbs Atkins doesn’t distinguish between the two and just rules out the carbs. On a healthy diet you need the good carbs (found in fruit and vegetables) to help you lose fat.

How to avoid it: don’t follow an old trend.

4. Busting in at number four is the Lemonade Diet, if you like solids then this diet is not for you. If you do decide to follow this diet then please reframe from operating heavy machinery, driving, walking, basically stay out of the public eye because there is a high chance that you will have diarrhea and you will be dizzy and could faint.

How to avoid it: grow a brain

3. Stomping in at number three is the Slim Fast diet, slim F-A-S-T also rapid weight loss. If the weight loss is too fast then chances are your not going to be giving your body proper nutrition and that means weight loss ::pause, tumble weed rolls by:: and we know what that means folks! Now something amazing will happen to you when you come off this diet, you’ll be come a star… yep when you step on those scales again that needle will shoot to the right and then up-up and away!

How to avoid it: seek slow and permanent weight loss. And if you want a strawberry milk shake then dust your blender off and stick in some fresh strawberries, add some low fat milk, chuck in some ice and some peanut butter if you like and set that bad boy on super whiz! There you have it a delicious strawberry milk shake, who needs Slim Fast!

2. Tanking in at number two is Pill Diets, now you need to be careful at what you shove into those two flaps of skin between your nose and chin. There are some wicked pills out there that advertise; rapid weight loss, rapid muscle growth, burn fat while you sleep, etc, etc. They say they are scientifically designed but some of them have enough caffeine to send you to the moon. Folks this rapid weight loss ::pause:: wont work, when you come of the pill you’ll get pregnant, err I mean you’ll put on weight, same thing right; anyway you’ll start spreading again.

How to avoid it: Say “NO” to drugs!

1. The titanic diet fad of all time is the Water Diet, drinking as much water that you can until you are bloated and have a false sense of been full; you will also prove very useful as a life raft. If you go on this diet your body will start to eat away at your muscles and you will be come very weak and then maybe fall into the big vat of water that you’re drinking from and drown!

How to avoid it: try not being a moron!

Ok I know that all people that come to Discipline or Regret are not morons and I have used that word a few times throughout this post, I wasn’t talking about you. But if you are a self-confessed moron then click here now.

Disclaimer: Don’t try any of these diets you’ll only hurt yourself! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Snack Slashing & Timed Munching For Fat Burning

I got myself a copy of the Men’s Health Training Guide 2008 and was reading an overview of the TNT Diet plan (Which I have yet to find available here in Indonesia.)

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The TNT diet is about eating the right things at the right time. The TNT diet has got three time zones, which you can apply to your workout goals. These time zones are;

  • Fat Burning; a low-carb diet to rev up your bodies fat-burning engines
  • Reloading; a high-carb diet for muscle building
  • Muscle-Building; nutrition based to help you speed up muscle growth and recovery time

I am (obviously) interested in the fat burning zone, which has led me to do a little bit of online digging and reviewing of my current eating.

Currently I am eating 3 meals; breakfast, lunch & dinner and 3 snacks per day. I am looking at adjusting this to assist in my fat burning goals.

What I plan on doing next week is slashing my last snack from the menu and then timing my meals and snacks more carefully. What I have been doing with my meals so far is eating when I can, I had no set time. Only that my third snack had to be eaten before 7pm.

This is what I am planing;

Breakfast = 5:30am

Snack 1 = 9:00am

Lunch = 11:30am

Snack 2 = 2:00pm

Dinner = 5:00pm

I will also be aiming to drink about 2.5 to 3 liters of chilled water per day. If any one as any further suggestions for my fat burning goals and how I can adjust my eating or workout, please leave me a comment.

Indonesian Kerok: The Healing Is In The Blood!

On Monday last week I hurt my right shoulder and thought that it would be ok in a day or two. But on Friday evening it was still bothering me. Here in Indonesia there it a type of massage called “KEROK” that is said to heal muscular pain quicker than any modern treatment.

I am a real skeptic and like to have a laugh at some of the traditional things that they do over here, but on Saturday morning I had no pain and I now have to say “I’m a believer!”

Ok so how you give someone a Kerok massage is take a coin, one of the larger ones as the edges are not so thin and sharp. And then you score the area were you are having the pain, you have to add a bit of pressure. You keep scoring away until you burst the blood vessels around the painful muscle.

When the blood contacts with the muscle it helps to heal the cause of pain that you are having. As you can see in the photo Susan (my wife) has done it to my shoulder.

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My wife is experienced and has been practicing this kind of massage since she was 12 (now 32), what I am trying to say is consult your doctor before you try anything like this.

My Secret Weapon: Peanut Butter

I grew up thinking that peanut butter was another one of those delicious foods that has to be bad for you, I was very wrong. After digging and digging into the foods that I am allowed to eat and that will aid muscle growth I came out with some surprising results.

Peanut Butter is good for you! ::faints::

Yep it’s true, as you have probably noticed that I mix the lovely stuff with my oatmeal in the mornings. So what is the story of peanut butter how is it good for you? Lets have a round up of all the goodies and then look into them some more.

Ok so here are some of the things that I found out about peanut butter;

  • Contains folic acid
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Protection against cardiovascular disease
  • Excellent source of protein
  • Boosts Testosterone

FOLIC ACID
This is cool, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and assists your body in making new cells; especially in developing babies spinal cord. Folic acid teamed up with certain vitamins (B6 & B12) helps to eliminate homocysteine which can mess up your heart & arteries.

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Studies have been shown that eating nuts 5-6 times a week can lower your blood pressure as part of a controlled diet. The lowering of blood pressure can occur in as little as two weeks.

PROTECTION AGAINST CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Peanut butter has a lot of monounsaturated fats which can lower your cholesterol and has been proven to reduce the risk of beast cancer by 45%, cool huh? Peanut oil is packed with monounsaturated fats. It also contains Resveratrol which also aides cancer prevention, increases athletic performance & protects against viral infections.

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROTEIN
Not much to say on this but nuts are packed with protein. Protein is vital for your metabolism and building muscles.

BOOSTS TESTOSTERONE
The monounsaturated fats in peanut butter help you make more testosterone which helps your muscles beef up and your fat disintegrate.

BE CAREFUL: PEANUT BUTTER CONTAINS A LOT OF CALORIES.

I hope this helps. I am sure that it’s not complete and there are many more benefits, which I would gladly receive. If you have anything to add stick it in a comment.

Here is a recipe to make your own healthy peanut butter.

 

 

Here are the sources of my peanut butter digging;

The Night Before the Weigh-in, Burning Fat & Oatmeal

Tomorrow’s my first weigh-in after the initial weigh-in, I am looking forward to it and a bit apprehensive about it too.

It’s going to be ok, I have stuck well to my eating plan and I have been master of my strength training. I feel like I am getting addicted to the strength training, on my day’s off (for muscle recovery) I find myself missing pushing and burning through my workout.

What I am trying to achieve is weight loss, but my workouts (strength training) are not focused on burning fat they are focused on building up muscle. Lean muscle burns calories to keep going, the more muscles you have the more calories you’ll burn. Strength training is also powerful as you will keep on burning calories after you have finished training. Unlike cardio when you stop the calories stop burning too.

I can’t believe I was only finding this out, before I was tearing around on a bike and could not loose anything.

One of the other things that I have learnt since my quest for a healthy life is that there is a little powerful friend that we can have help us; enters Mr. Oatmeal.

Oatmeal is has so many benefits. Not only will it lower your cholesterol but a whole truck load of other goodies including keeping your blood sugar levels longer (so you won’t get hungry quickly again).

I love it, my mornings don’t feel complete without it. This is how I prepare it; I will boil some low-fat milk and then add my oatmeal to my bowl and then mix it with some whey. When the milk has boiled I just pour it over the top and mix it up good. And finally I add a table spoonful of peanut butter. Yummy!

Well its 8:30pm here now in Indonesia and I am going to spend some time with my wife and son before I go to bed (Getting good sleep is also very important, as your body needs time between workouts to recover and rebuild).

Well until tomorrow’s weigh in, goodnight!