The Best and Fastest Way to Lose Weight
Will pills and supplements do it? Maybe. There’s a zombie-apocalypse-worth of weight-loss pills and supplements that claim quick—even effortless—weight loss.
Works as diuretic. One kind of diet pill works as a diuretic, taking off weight by making you lose body fluids at a faster rate. This is a big danger for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or thyroid problems. But they’re detrimental to everyone, even if you don’t show any immediate adverse symptoms. Here’s why…Natural diuretics (like celery) come with their own potassium. Chemical diuretics don’t, and excess potassium loss occurs while the body is forced to use its own supply. This promotes sodium invasion of the cells—the forerunner of a host of diseases.
You feel less hungry. Another group of diet pills makes you feel less hungry. They act on the central nervous system to decrease your desire for food. Nifty idea. The catch: They’re highly addictive. These pills can have potentially lethal stimulant effects on the central nervous system and heart. Side effects include dry mouth, constipation, sweating, and headaches, plus psychological side effects like depression, nervousness, and insomnia.
Blocks the digestion of fat. Yet another group of weight-loss products, such as Orlistat or Xenical, work by blocking the digestion of fat. When we eat, the body’s digestive system produces enzymes called lipases. These aid digestion by breaking down fat into minute particles that can cross the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. Xenical blocks the absorption of one third of the dietary fat contained in the food you eat. This is unnatural for the body. Some Xenical users have reported sudden and sometimes uncontrollable fatty bowel movements or an oily discharge due to the elimination of undigested fat in the stool. Xenical reduces the absorption of some fat-soluble nutrients, particularly beta carotene and vitamins D, E, and K.
Drawbacks. All weight-loss pills share certain drawbacks. You’ll mess up your metabolism. This will be very hard to correct—perhaps impossible. When you quit the pills, you’ll start gaining back your original weight, and then some.
Side Effects. Supplements bring side effects: anxiety, irritability, diarrhea, nausea, tremors, addiction, insomnia, digestive issues, inflammation, fatty liver, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, fainting, migraines, dark urine, poor bowel control, and intestinal gas with oily discharge.
Results. Pills and supplements only work when you’re taking them (and taking them consistently and as directed). In some cases, they stop working, or are less effective, because the body builds up a tolerance to them. When you stop taking them, the weight comes back. There are no “magic pills” for safe, effective, long-term, weight loss.
Surgical Weight Loss. There are four common types of bariatric or weight-loss surgery: the duodenal switch, the sleeve gastrectomy, roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. These surgeries lead to weight loss in two ways: malabsorption, which shortens or bypasses part of the small intestine, and restriction, which physically restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold.
Drawbacks. Because the body doesn’t absorb as many nutrients after these types of surgeries, supplements become a necessity. Risks of weight-loss surgery are infections, blood clots, and gallstones. In some cases, more of the small intestine and occasionally some of the large intestine need to be removed. The gastric band carries the risk of the band’s slipping or leaking, which takes further surgery to repair.
Results. The surgeries often deliver fast and astounding results. But not all results are good. Extraordinary discipline in eating is required, post-surgery. Continuing one’s old eating habits will bring back one’s old weight problem. Some don’t get enough nutrients—I knew one man who became downright skeletal.
Liposuction. This cosmetic surgery directly removes fat, “re-shaping” or “streamlining” the body. It’ s the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States. Fat is removed from beneath the skin through a hollow tube attached to a powerful vacuum.
Liposuction can lead to infection, bleeding, inflammation, deep bruising, numbness, contour oddities, blood clots, and skin or nerve burns. Organ punctures have occurred, though rarely, and there can be adverse reactions to anesthesia.
The good news: Fat cells removed via liposuction don’t grow back. Bad news: If there is weight gain after the procedure is done, fat can return to the treated areas. Why? Because liposuction destroys the fishnet structure under the skin, which can discourage the regrowth of fat cells. The body will, however, compensate for this by storing fat in other parts of the body. I know a young woman who had liposuction, and because the procedure irreparably damaged some connective tissue, she must take pain medication every day.
These are the three most popular weight-loss methods out there. They’re expensive. Risky. And they all share this important feature: Unless you change your approach to food, any results you enjoy will be temporary.
Is there an easy, sure-fire way to lose weight and keep it off? I’ll give you an entirely honest answer: There is indeed a simple and sure way to lose weight and keep it off.
I won’t tell you it’s “easy” in the sense some of the gimmick pills claim. It’s easy, in a sense that you can do entirely on your own.
Here’s what you’ve got to do—just three things…
- eliminate all processed foods from your diet,
- stop eating at night, around 6 pm, gradually changing to around 5 or 4 pm, and
- eat as many raw foods as you can.
Do these three things and you’ll start dropping weight fast!
More information in The Truth About Taw Foods and Your Weight.
You can read more in my book Quantum Eating, which goes into detail about how, following the three basic measures I laid out above, you’ll lose the weight you want, and you’ll keep it off—permanently.