Sure, we have all (particularly as females having gone through high school) thought “if I just skip a few meals I fit into this such-and-such”.
Or the old college popcorn only diet the week prior to spring break to drop the belly before the bikini.
The wrestler diet – purge everything before weigh in to make your class.
Then there’s the nothing but lemon and cayenne pepper diet roto-rooting your digestive tract to flatten the bulge.
Did you know that by the age of 40 the average woman has been on more than 40 diets? If the diets worked, why did they have to do another—I’m just sayin’.
Oh, I could go on and on and you – I’m sure could add a few of your own. The diets that consume so much of our society are there because we are hungry for a way to either starve or eat our way to skinny.
The second option is the work out ‘til it sweats out. The hours one would have to spend in a gym or running endlessly like Forest Gump are unreasonable for the average person to lose weight and then keep it off.
If you use The Biggest Loser television show as a weight loss model, you must remember they spend months away from their real life, and 6-8 hours a day being so physically active, the weight loss was inevitable, but not realistic for the outside world.
Mathematically speaking, you’d have to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound.
The calories you eat also have to keep you alive – so under-eating and over exercising would put you at such a deficit in calories your body would not do what you ask it to.
Stay tuned for chapter 2 next week . . .