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Weight Loss Product Warnings -- How to Spot Fat Burning Diets


This is the second article in the series, Weight Loss Product Warnings. How to Spot Fat Burning Diets teaches you how to analyze a diet's fat burning potential. The ultimate goal is for you to trust your own judgement and not rely on the words of a face less affiliate website promoting the latest and greatest fat burner.

Why is this important? Because burning fat is the only way to healthy weight loss. Marketers of weight loss products know about burning fat and, as a result, have flooded the net with fat burning advertisements. It is my goal to teach the five easy steps used to analyze a diet's fat burning potential.

Fat Burning Diets...The 5 Step Analysis

1) Check the Rate of Losing Weight

How fast do dieters on this specific diet lose weight? The rate of losing weight should not exceed a maximum of 2 pounds per week. The classic fast weight loss ad is similar to, "Lose X pounds in Y time." Calculate the amount of weight loss per week, given the information in the ad.

Here's an example (a real ad placed in 2003)...

"Lose 10 Pounds and 4 Inches in 10 days!"

At one pound per day, the week's weight loss is 7 pounds. This is way over the 2 pounds per week maximum and simply is not healthy.

2) Check the Reduction in Total Calories

A diet plan that reduces total calories by more than 500 calories per day is promoting unhealthy weight loss. Did you know that cutting out only 250-500 calories, without doing anything else, will lead to a pound per week of weight loss? That's it. No fancy nutritional calendar, no weight loss pills, not even a highly guarded secret is needed. Just drop 250-500 calories from your diet and you will lose fat.

To analyze a diet program for calorie restrictions, look for any statements referring to the total calories you would eat on a typical day. To find this information, you might have to dig a little deeper and research several websites. But you'll find it.

If the diet calls for a reduction greater than 500 calories, it's not healthy weight loss.

3) The Diet's Exercise Plan

Does the diet have an exercise plan? Yes, good. As long as it's not a rapid weight loss diet or promoting extreme calorie restrictions, healthy weight loss is a good bet.

I can not stress enough the importance of a resistance training program as part of your exercise plan. Think muscle. Follow these three simple "muscle" rules when trying to lose weight...

  • Don't lose it
  • Tone it
  • Build it
I only make two guarantees to my dieting patients. One of them you'll hear about soon, the other is this...follow the three simple rules for muscle, and I guarantee you'll lose weight and keep it off! The truth is never a secret.

4) Analyze the Amount of Fat Intake

To lose fat you need to eat fat. But it needs to be the right kind of fat. When analyzing a diet for the types of fat you can eat, look to see if they list healthy fats. For a listing of healthy and harmful fats, check out How to pick a diet and make note of the good fats.

5) The Amount of Protein Intake

An adequate amount of protein must be included with any diet plan. How much protein? Depends. Make sure the diet you're analyzing has at least the normal daily requirement of 1 gram of protein per kilogram of weight per day but no more than 1.5 grams per kilogram per day (up to 2 grams/kg if body building).

Summary of Each Analysis

  • Fast weight loss (over 2 pounds per week) is a diet failure. Don't start a fast weight loss diet without making the appropriate adjustments.
  • Severe calorie restriction (greater than 500) is unhealthy weight loss. Go ahead and start the diet if you really like it, just phase in the calorie reduction over 4-6 weeks. Do not drop below 1200 calories per day.
  • No healthy fats to eat? Fat intake below 20%? Eat more fat while on the diet (the healthy fats!). Keep fat intake around 30%.
  • No exercise required? Sorry, exercise can not be avoided. Remember my guarantee? Exercise keeps muscle toned.
  • Not enough protein in the diet? Add it yourself. There are many options, too many to list here. But I will mention protein shakes. The scare in the late 1970's has been resolved and the proteins used today are safe. Try a protein shake.
  • Try analyzing a diet you're familiar with and see what you conclude. The take home message...healthy weight loss is losing fat and fat only!

    To Healthy Living!
    Michael A. Smith, MD
    Weight Loss Professional

    Dr. Smith is the primary physician and consultant for the Weight Loss Professional Website. His interests include preventative medicine, the genetic etiology of obesity, and several others too numerous to list.

    Please visit his Website at http://www.weight-loss-professional.com and let him know what you think.


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