The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook A Scientific Approach to Crash Dieting How to lose 4-7 pounds of fat and 10-20 pounds of weight in 2 weeks
Lyle McDonald With Recipes by Allie Faden
This book is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of the guidelines herein is at the sole choice and risk of the reader and should be discussed with a health professional prior to implementation.
Copyright: © 2005 by Lyle McDonald. All rights reserved.
This book or any part thereof, may not be reproduced or recorded in any form without permission in writing from the publisher, except for brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information contact: Lyle McDonald 1587 W. Thornhill Dr. #1109 Taylorsville, Ut 84123 email: [email protected]
ISBN: 0-9671456-4-3 FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING
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Acknowledgments First and foremost I want to thank my good friend Allie Faden developing some recipes for the diet described in this booklet. As you’ll soon find out, this is far from an exciting or interesting diet and she went above and beyond the call of duty to develop some tasty meals for it. Second, I’d like to thank the members of my web forum for being both guinea pigs for the diet as well as providing invaluable feedback, especially on the final 4 chapters. A special thanks goes out to forum member Kurtis Thompson who helped me decide on a final book title. Finally, and as always, I’d like to thank everybody who thinks enough of me to keep purchasing my booklets. My credit card bill thanks you.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1 Just how Quickly Chapter 2 When is a crash diet appropriate Chapter 3 Basic nutrition overview Chapter 4 Nutrient metabolism overview Chapter 5 An overview of the diet Chapter 6 Estimating bodyfat percentage Chapter 7 Exercise Chapter 8 Setting up the diet Chapter 9 Metabolic slowdown and what to do about it Chapter 10 Free meals, refeeds and diet breaks Chapter 11 Ending the diet: Introduction Chapter 12 Ending the diet approach 1 Non-counting method part 1 Chapter 13 Ending the diet approach 1 Non-counting method part 2 Chapter 14 Ending the diet approach 2 Calculation method Chapter 15 Moving back into dieting Appendix 1 BMI and bodyfat estimation charts Recipes by Allie Faden
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I want to say at the outset that writing this book makes me a little bit uncomfortable for reasons I’ll explain in a moment. Now, for the most part, an individual’s personal choices are really none of my concern: what people do to or for themselves is their own problem. At the same time, I have a responsibility to my readers (followers?) when I present something that has the potential to be harmful or damaging. It’s why I spent literally chapters discussing potential risks in the Bromocriptine book, and spent so much time listing potential side-effects of low-carb diets in the Ketogenic Diet book. Like the issue of dehydrating to make weight, crash dieting is a topic that I get a little bit antsy about. So why am I writing about it? The first reason is reality. Trust me, I’d love to live in a world where nobody crash dieted, where everybody followed sane and safe dieting strategies and stuck with it in the long term until they reached their goal and then stuck with those newfound eating habits in the long-term. I also want a pony and to be six feet tall and to be an astronaut. And how about an end to world hunger while I’m at it. My point? When idealism and reality slam together it’s never pretty. People are going to crash diet no matter what I or anybody else tell them. Secondly, there are times when crash dieting might be more effective or even required. I know that mainstream nutritionist types will tell you that crash dieting is always bad but, as with just about any absolutist stance, this isn’t necessarily correct. I’ll talk about some of those situations in chapter two, times when crash dieting may be preferred or even required. Finally, I am aware of at least two other approaches (‘Extreme Crash Dieting’ by Dr. Eric Serrano and The Radical Diet by Dr. Mauro DiPasquale) that address the issue of rapid weight and fat loss. I’m familiar with both books (and know both authors) and, well, being who and what I am (a detail obsessed nerd with no life), I know I can do better. I hope my readers feel the same. The bottom line is this, no matter what I or anybody else says about it, people are going to crash diet. Sometimes it’s necessary or beneficial, other times it’s not. Regardless, people are going to do it. With that realization made, I figure that the least that can be done is to make sure that such crash diets are done as safely and as intelligently as possible. Using nutritional science and research, we can develop a crash diet that isn’t totally stupid, that will be safe and sane (within the limits of crash dieting) at least compared to everything else that’s out there. Trust me, there’s a lot of really dumb ways to lose weight fast out there. All vegetables, all fruit, nothing but broth, that cabbage soup thing, just a lot of stupid, stupid shit. This book isn’t such an approach. It relies on cutting edge nutritional science to ensure that rapid weight/fat loss is accomplished as effectively and safely as possible. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy diet, but it is an effective one.
The obligatory warning Now matter how safe you make it, extended crash dieting can cause problems, both physiologically and psychologically (I’ll talk about each in a later chapter). I’m going to be very specific in terms of the time frames I think people should use such an extreme approach. I’m not kidding when I Page 5 http://www.bodyrecomposition.com
say that you should follow them. Frankly, that’s really my main concern about writing this book: I understand human behavior when it comes to this stuff. People tend to read diet books selectively, hearing what they want to hear and ignoring the rest (especially the warnings). Once people hear just how much fat they can lose in a short period of time, they turn into dumbshits. They’ll try to stay on an extreme approach like this for extended periods of time and get themselves into trouble. Then they blame me. And I simply don’t need that crap in my life. If you’re going to be a dumbshit and not follow my recommendations exactly, don’t blame anyone but yourself if you get into problems. My recommendations are going to be very specific, you ignore them at your own risk.
A note on references (or the lack thereof) You might note that despite the title, I haven’t included scientific references in this booklet. There are several reasons for this. The first is that I’m just astoundingly lazy. At this point in my life, I’ve read so much research that trying to pin down references for even a smattering of what I’ve said gives me anxiety attacks. The second is a simple realization of fact: the average book reader doesn’t care about a list of scientific references at the back; they are unlikely to go look any of them up. At the same time, the scientifically minded out there should be able to find the studies I’ve mentioned based on description alone. Finally, I’ve found that the people who don’t like what I have to say aren’t going to be swayed by any references I provide anyhow. I could provide 600+ references (as I did for my first book) and these morons will dismiss them out of hand because they either don’t like me or have some irrational bias against whatever I’m writing about. Bottom line, I’m not bothering. If you desperately must have a reference for something I wrote email me and I can probably dig it up. Or at least give you some pointers on how to find it on Medline.
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Chapter 1: Just how quickly
I’ve started my last two books with a chapter (or 5) addressing a specific problem, then working to what I consider the solution. I’m going to spare you that endless verbiage this time and jump right into the main topic. Since this is a book about rapid weight/fat loss and crash dieting, I imagine all of my readers want to know just how quickly fat and/or weight can be lost. Before I can answer that question (and even to clear up what I suspect may be some confusion by my readers on the previous sentence), I have to cover a bit of physiology first.
Weight versus fat: they are not the same thing Every tissue in your body (including muscle, bodyfat, your heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, bones, etc.) weighs a given amount. We could (conceivably anyhow) take them out of your body, plop them on a scale and find out how much they weigh. Your total bodyweight is comprised of the weight of every one of those tissues. But only some percentage of your total bodyweight is bodyfat. Researchers and techie types frequently divide the body into two (or more) components including fat mass (the sum total of the bodyfat you have on your body) and lean body mass (everything else). Without getting into unnecessarily technical details about different kinds of bodyfat, let’s just go from there. Let’s say that we could magically determine the weight of only your fat cells. Of course, we know your total weight by throwing you on a scale. By dividing the total amount of fat into the total bodyweight, you can determine a bodyfat percentage which represents the percentage of your total weight is fat. Lean athletes might only have 5-10% bodyfat, meaning that only 5-10% of their total weight is fat. So a 200 pound athlete with 10% bodyfat is carrying 20 lbs (200 * 0.10 = 20) of bodyfat. The remaining 180 pounds (200 total pounds - 20 pounds of fat = 180 pounds) of weight is muscle, organs, bones, water, etc. Researchers call the remaining 180 pounds lean body...