It’s no secret that the vast majority who seek to lose weight and burn fat have a very low success rate, despite trying a large number of proposed solutions. From fat burning supplements to strange diet plans, nothing is off limits for someone who wishes to burn off their excess belly. But despite weight loss being such an important goal for millions of people, why are so many seemingly becoming fatter by the day?
Firstly, many fail at achieving results due to the weight loss supplement lie. Countless companies claim that a pill or powder is going to melt fat from anywhere on the body; this on the surface sounds very appealing, as who would not want to simply swallow a pill once or twice per day without modifying diet or exercise habits? That is the dream solution, and weight loss supplement companies pump many millions of dollars into powerful advertising that convinces many that this is a viable option. Unfortunately, it’s not, and despite substantial weight loss supplement dollars being invested by many without results, most do not learn their lesson, and continue to experiment in vain.
Secondly, fad diet plans that erroneously promise fast weight loss results are the norm. Many who begin such strategies see immediate changes in their body weight, believing that they are on the road to achieving all of their fat loss goals, but in fact, the weight reduction is in the form of water loss from a low carbohydrate level, and once the body flushes excess water, body weight stabilizes, and that initial weight loss comes to a halt. What’s worse, metabolism slows, especially in low carbohydrate or calorie deprived diet plans, and progress crashes because the body begins trying to retain fat in presence of what is perceived to be a famine. Yes, such diet plans mimic starvation type situations to the body, which breeds low energy levels, and primes fat cells to store as much calories as possible the moment any extra food is consumed. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Lastly, commitment to change is low. When weight loss supplement advertisers go out of their way to deceive the public by claiming that fat will be shed without diet changes by using a miracle pill, many simply write off the idea of modifying eating habits, and set themselves up for perpetual failure. But I will place less blame on the individual and more on dishonest weight loss supplement companies, because it’s very difficult for someone to embrace dietary change when they are being deceived into believing that they can eat the same way while looking much different. How is someone going to embrace a new diet path when it’s so difficult to find a plan that actually works, especially while simultaneously being bombarded with weight loss supplement advertising that promises it’s not even necessary to search for one, because they have the answer in a bottle, with no behavior change necessary?
I wrote Fat Vanish with the specific intention of destroying the many weight loss myths, and replacing them with a proven diet and exercise plan that is realistic, healthy, and most importantly, actually burns fat! If you’re tired of seeking answers from false sources, then give Fat Vanish a try, and you will SEE weight loss results that you never thought possible.
Those who seek to quickly burn fat often opt for low calorie diet plan to try and produce the best possible results, feeling as if cutting food quantity to extremely low levels will force the body to use more stored fat as energy. Unfortunately for those who mistakenly construct a natural fat loss diet plan on a low calorie basis, results do not meet expectations.
When the body experiences an extreme calorie deficit, the first response is to utilize carbohydrates stored in the liver and muscle tissue as energy, since food quantity is low. This causes what appears to be immediate success, as scale weight drops dramatically (sometimes up to 5-10 lbs in one week), but the presumption is that this weight reduction is in the form of fat, when, in fact, due to the loss of carbohydrates in muscle tissue, the weight loss is actually in the form of water retention, which has no connection with the goal (to burn fat from problem areas).
Once carbohydrates have been depleted from the body, the next step is to seek alternate energy sources to fuel daily activities (since calories are low), but because the body becomes concerned with the small amount of food consumed, instead of efficiently burning away stored body fat as the preferred source of energy, muscle tissue is instead catabolized. This occurs since the body actually attempts to preserve body fat in case a famine is taking place (this is a built-in mechanism that we all have to protect ourselves when food supply is low). A vicious cycle then begins, because as muscle is burned away, metabolism (the rate at which the body burns calories) slows, which causes energy levels to drop significantly, and ultimately reduces the amount of fat that is burned from the body by a substantial margin.
Lastly, because metabolism has been negatively impacted by the muscle loss and starvation scare, the body is just waiting for the moment when food intake is increased, seizing on this as an opportunity to store away fat at record pace to prepare for the next possible famine. This is why those who follow low calorie diet routines tend to gain back all of their lost weight quickly, and find themselves even fatter than before they started to follow such a diet strategy.
The only type of natural fat loss diet plan worth following is one that does not starve the body of food, as this promotes a faster metabolism, helps to retain muscle, prevents dips in energy levels, and ensures that weight regain is not right around the corner.
Often those who embark on a natural weight loss diet program jump on the scale after a week of following their routine, believing that a decline in weight is going to prove just how potent their eating strategy truly is. A few days after beginning a new plan, the scale might even indicate a significant improvement, which seems to confirm that the new plan is burning fat quickly. Yet, few realize that the opposite may actually be true!
Let’s take as an example a low carbohydrate diet strategy, which has become common in recent years, and is what many opt for when seeking to burn fat fast. Often in only a few days, several pounds of scale weight can be shed, which is a tremendously exciting indication of a positive improvement, that is, if the weight was actually body fat. Unfortunately, because carbohydrates store water in muscle cells, anytime the body experiences a decline in the carbohydrates consumed through dietary sources (fruit, rice, etc), stored carbohydrates are released into the bloodstream, which reduces water weight dramatically. Therefore, the significant weight reduction that often occurs quickly after beginning a low carbohydrate diet plan is actually all water, and not body fat. Since the goal of any weight loss strategy is to burn fat from problem areas, this does not sound like good news.
What’s worse is that continued adherence to such a diet plan often burns away significant amounts of muscle, which weighs even more than fat (due to its density), so stepping on a scale and seemingly seeing continued progress is anything but when examining the composition of the weight that has been shed. In addition, lost muscle slows metabolism (the rate at which the body burns calories), making body fat reduction slower and more difficult.
So, what’s the alternative to using a scale? The barometer of how potent a natural weight loss diet program is rests upon its fat burning potential, therefore it’s important to isolate areas that accumulate fat the easiest (such as the stomach) with a measuring tape and caliper to determine if the circumference of that body part and the actual fat that exists between the skin and muscle tissue is declining. This measurement combination is far more reliable than body weight in determining whether or not fat is being shed, and is an important consideration to make before you decide to step on the scale and see how productive your fitness week has been!