I can honestly say, I would rather people do things the right way, and not lose any weight, than do them the wrong way and lose. The former will yield issues, but I have confidence in my methodology, and I will never resort to irresponsibility, or clearly questionable methods. Having said this, here are some questions that you really need to ask yourself about these ‘diets’ (juice/aloe/fad/clean this and that etc.) that are cropping up….
– If they really care about your health, then why are they so outrageously and shamelessly predominantly pushed in the new year when people are most emotionally susceptible/vulnerable? (I for one, shamelessly self promote all year!)
– Fuck your ‘diet’ anyway, get a sustainable lifestyle, what is the plan/goal long term…. Do you want to lose 7 pounds in a few days, or actually be healthy and happy long term.. Think about it…
– When has a juice diet or a ‘eat sachets of aloe vera’ diet that you have seen, ever given any mild allusion or reference to a long term, follow-on solution….
– If this no calorie, no protein, starvation, metabolically scrambling ‘diet’ is so good, why can we only exist on it for a certain amount of days?
– If such an effective quick fix existed, I would not be in business.
I am going to presume the majority of you are discerning human beings, and at this point are at least experiencing a mild arousal of your suspicions. It’s cause this shit doesn’t work….
‘But I lost ten pounds in a week’ – Shut your face, I am sure you did. Ever heard of muscle glycogen? Well, strangely enough, energy isn’t stored in your muscles like small lightning bolts that your body shoots around your body as needed. That energy is stored in your muscles, when you deplete it, you will invariably lose a good few pounds – The more overweight you are, the more this will be! You have also starved your body, which in turn ramped up stress hormone massively, which in turn caused your body to enter a catabolic state which led to it eating up your muscle mass.
But hey, you lost ten pounds… It’s not like your metabolism is damaged or anything… Oh no wait, that’s right, you just spent the last two weeks eating about 400 calories every day, I wonder what’s gonna happen when you go back to your usual 2,000. Your detox won’t save you then…
The fact is, people are repeatedly disrespectful of their body’s intelligence. They resent it, hold their belly fat in their hands, and curse their ‘genetics’ etc far too often. Your body is on your side, if you are fat, it is almost invariably because you have not reciprocated this friendship. Your body is the friend trying to tell you your girlfriend or boyfriend is cheating on you, and you just think they are some asshole – The point is, the signs are always there.
When you consume one quarter of the calories you normally do, your body is going to adjust, you may perceive ‘oooh, upper middle class juice detox – super!’ – Your body perceives ‘In the jungle like John Rambo, let’s stay alive’.
So your metabolism slows, then you eat normally again, but your metabolism is slower so… You are going to have to do something with those excess calories, and that thing is carry them around.
Not to mention the endless problems with eating such a high fructose diet, fruit – inherently designed to inhibit fat metabolism for countless centuries…. While we’re at it, how about removing all the fiber by juicing it, and thus increasing the insulin (storage) response from that already sugar laden drink you’re having. You’re removing one of the few good parts!! If you want to heal your intestines, gut bacteria, digestion etc. I am all for it, have your aloe vera, but eat food too. Wanna detox? Drink loads of green tea, sugar free Nutribullet style green drinks, magnesium, b vitamins, probiotics…. But, eat food too.
Stop smashing your metabolism to bits by trying to find a quick fix. Your body and your digestion probably do have issues, which need real sustainable solutions. Ones that shouldn’t involve starvation, metabolic damage, and a sickening amount of commercialism, fueling an irresponsible and dangerous culture of fad dieting which discredits the responsible, passionate and informed members of the health and fitness industry. Stop being fooled, you are not that stupid.
…And if anyone wants to suggest it made them feel great, or did them wonders, more power to you, but science doesn’t lie my friend.
Matt Kelly – Personal trainer
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