Why eating like a “celebrity” will ruin your metabolism
There was a time in my life, many, many years ago, that I used to buy into “celebrity” diets. I’d pick up the current People or Us magazine and read how Oprah or some other celebrity had lost extreme amounts of weight–quickly. The celebrity would claim that all they had to do was eat pre-packaged food, or consume a liquid-only diet, or eat a low calorie diet and/or take a magic supplement to drop pounds rapidly. I would see the before and after pictures and think, “Wow, that diet really worked, look how fast they lost weight, and see how good they looked.”.
Both the celebrity and I would assume the diet really worked!
What you didn’t see or hear about was how the celebrity, three months later, was struggling to keep off the weight. Then within the next 6 months to 2 years, the same celebrity would show up in People or Us magazine with all the weight back on confessing they had no will power and they had failed, once again, at keeping their weight down. Oprah, it’s not you fault!!!
How many of you have seen these headlines in a magazine, TV show, on the Internet or one of the other million of places you are marketed to?
*Learn how insert celebrity name here lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks.
*Or learn how insert celebrity name here lost her baby weight in 60 days.
*Or learn how insert celebrity name here got red-carpet ready.
The story above and all of these statements NOW irritate the crap out of me. Why? Because all of them are supporting a system of weight loss, that is not only unhealthy, but will do long term damage to your metabolism. Celebrity diets are nothing but quick weight loss strategies designed for you to lose weight FAST. Right? And isn’t this what most people want, to lose weight fast? Yes! Yet, although this is what people want, quick weight loss strategies are not supportive to long-term health or a HIGH metabolism.
When you lose weight FAST. This is what is really going on…
1. You are losing water
2. You are losing muscle
3. You are cleaning out your bowel
4. You are depleting muscle glycogen
4. You may lose a very small amount of fat
This is why quick weight loss strategies are ALWAYS followed by the weight returning, PLUS a pound or two more. You see, when you lose weight FAST, most of the weight you lost is NOT fat; instead you are losing water weight, muscle, muscle glycogen, and the contents that are inside your intestines. And to make things worse, since most quick weight loss strategies are calorie restrictive, nutrient restrictive, carbohydrate restrictive, protein restrictive, fat restrictive or some sort of combination of all or few of these, these types of deprivation diets are slowing down your metabolism.
How do restrictive diets slow down your metabolism?
Your body requires energy (food) and nutrients to function optimally. Food to a human is like gas to a car. Without gas your car will not run. Just like without food, your body stops working properly. Unlike a car, your body has a back up system in place just in case food is unavailable. The sympathetic nervous system, referred to as your flight or fight system, allows your body to start using its own tissue (muscle, tissue, bone, thymus gland, fat), by releasing your stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, in case food is not available so that you can stay alive. This is a good thing for short-term survival, but NOT for long-term health.
When you deprive yourself of energy (food), your body starts slowing down metabolic functions to conserve energy. These include, but are not limited to, digestion, detoxification, immune function, muscle growth and repair, brain function, circulation, hormonal production, and heat production. When less energy is available, your thyroid slows down the production of thyroid hormones to conserve energy. In addition, the liver needs adequate amounts of sugars (carbohydrates), protein and nutrients to complete thyroxine/T4 (inactive thyroid) to triiodothyronineT3 (active thyroid) conversion. Lower levels of T3 will decrease cellular respiration telling the body to conserve more energy and decrease heat production and body functions.
As most of you know, celebrity diets do work in the short term. Consuming less food and nutrients does help with weight loss. Yet, give the celebrity 3-6 months, or even less time, and they will regain their lost weight and advertising something new for you to invest your hard earned money on. Remember ALL restrictive diets DO NOT work—long term. Although its possible to keep the weight off by restricting calories and nutrients, eventually anyone using this type of weight loss strategy will start to experience fatigue, agitation, cold, more susceptible to illness, constipated, sleep issues, hormonal issues, decreased muscle mass and/or thinking power.
What should you do for long-term weight loss?
Increase metabolic rate silly!
What do you need to do to increase metabolic rate? Here are five things you can do now that will help increase your metabolic rate.
1. Eat Real Food. Consume the right fats, carbs and proteins, in the right amounts and frequencies that are right for you.
2. Rest and Sleep. Sleep helps with mitochondria regeneration. The mitochondria are the cells’ powerhouse and where cellular respiration takes place.
3. De-stress. Stress suppresses metabolic rate and thyroid function. Remove the stress; increase the thyroid and metabolic rate.
4. Move purposely. Do movement exercises that you love and enjoy, and that make your body feel good. You should move to increase muscle mass, flexibility, mobility, stability, strength and power, NOT for quick weight loss.
5. Be happy. Figure out what you want out of life and go for it. Happiness is far less stressful than being unhappy.
Bottom line: Save your hard earned money and your time by avoiding all celebrity diets and ALL plans that produce QUICK weight loss results and guarantees. THEY just don’t work—long term!
If you want to find out how to really regain your health and lose weight forever, by improving your metabolic rate, then check out my new book, “How to Heal Your Metabolism.”
Your Optimal Health Coach,