Fat Loss Lie #3
Fat Loss Lie #3: You can lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days
Ever seen those ads that say “LOSE 30 POUNDS IN 30 DAYS… GUARANTEED!!!”
Or “LOSE 10 POUNDS THIS WEEKEND!!!”
I see them and all the time. I admit, they’re sometimes enticing. But, is it even possible? Can you really lose weight that quickly?
Well, believe it or not, the answer is yes. It’s actually possible to lose 30 pounds in 30 days or 10 pounds over the weekend. But so what? Keep in mind… there is a big difference between weight loss and fat loss. So, the real question you should be asking is this: “How can I permanently lose 30 pounds of fat, in a healthy way?”
I few weeks ago, I mentioned that your body is made up of mostly water — I think it’s like 70% water. So, it’s easy to lose weight quickly when you take that into consideration. Any diet that requires dehydration will create quick, dramatic weight loss. That’s what wrestlers and MMA fighters have to do so that they’ll make their “weigh in.”
If you want to lose 10 pounds over the weekend… no sweat! Just stop drinking water! Of course that would be dangerous and dumb. But that’s exactly what you’re doing when you lose weight that quickly. You’re simply dehydrating yourself. Or even worse – you’re losing lean body weight, like muscle.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM – one of the largest and most respected health, medical and exercise organizations in the world), has established guidelines for healthy rates of weight loss. In their position statement on “Proper and Improper Weight Loss Programs,” the ACSM recommends losing weight at a rate of no more than two pounds per week.
These two pounds per week guideline has become recognized as the standard rate for safe weight (fat) loss. Often times, I hear about people getting impatient and they ignore this rule. And they’re really doing is losing muscle, slowing down their metabolism, and they will eventually gain all the fat back… and then some.
You can lose 30 pounds of weight in 30 days, but you’ll NEVER lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days.
There are virtually no limits to what you can achieve in the long run. You will amaze yourself at how much you can achieve in 1-3 years if you get on a real, healthy, long term nutrition and training program.
You can virtually reach any fat loss or fitness goal that you want to, as long as you commit to it. However, you must be patient. Weight loss is not something to be rushed.