I spotted an article on social media a couple of days ago.
It told me how I could lose 10lb in a week, and reduce my body fat by 10% at the same time. It was entirely exercised based advice. Apparently enough sit ups, push ups, squats and lunges, all from the comfort of my own living room, will have me dropping numbers all over the place in double quick time.
The only way you could really lose that much weight in such a short space of time is to go on a very, very low calorie diet (say around 500 calories a day) – and that assumes you were already eating a heck of a lot of calories on a daily basis.
Weight dropped fast also often tends to be made up of water and glycogen. The numbers on the scales might show lighter, but you haven’t made any real difference to your body.
Even assuming it is technically possible, any method for dropping this much weight or body fat this fast is not a sustainable long term way of eating or living.
It is a tempting idea though, and that’s why there is a market for this sort of material. These articles are ill-informed and irresponsible. The consequence? Just more unnecessary pressure, more unrealistic expectations. More stuff for us to feel bad about.
There are no quick fixes. Just hard work and consistency.
Sorry about that.