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Day 53: Resorting to Quackery

Today, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 82.0Kg. Yesterday I consumed 98 calories over my BMR and did 0 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total overage is 98 calories.


Yesterday, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 81.7Kg. Yesterday I consumed 141 calories over my BMR and did 160 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 19 calories.


2 days ago, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 82.4 Kg. Yesterday I consumed 6 calories below my BMR and did 165 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 171 calories.


Weekends seem to go off the rails for me. I eat more, exercise less, and don’t post blog articles. Obviously, I need to identify some habits to change and some habits to add in. Things are a little difficult with the COVID shutdown, but that is a bit of an excuse. Overall though, I am spending more days under 82.0Kg, which means my weight is still trending down.


Losing weight can be mentally stressful for people who need to see immediate results. My philosophy is losing weight is simple, but time consuming, and requires dedication to the process. There are three short cuts people may take when losing weight.


One shortcut is surgery. A person may have a gastric band surgically implanted. This is the process of making the stomach smaller, thereby making it harder to eat. This may work for some people, but if you have an unhealthy relationship with food, this won’t work long term. Another surgery option is removing or killing the fat cells. Surgery always has risks and with fat removal, those risks can cause some problems with health and appearance (Look up Tara Reid’s failed liposuction). Your body actually needs those fat cells. When you lose fat through diet and exercise, you are not losing fat cells, instead you are shrinking those fat cells by taking away their energy stores.


Another shortcut is using drugs or supplements. Some of these have been shown to be useful, but many more have been shown to be useless, a waste of money, and possibly dangerous. In addition, some of the effective drugs are stimulants, which when used incorrectly or without proper supervision, can be very dangerous. Finally, none of the supplements that are actually effective are effective by themselves. Successful use of supplements and drugs is always accompanied by a reformed diet and extra exercise. I talk about supplements in my course and in my book, so if you want to find out which ones I have researched, you can look there.


Finally, the last shortcut are the quacks and fads. Remember those vibrating fat belts? Then you have those creams that burn off fat overnight. Other quacks and fads are drugs and supplements and some are devices. In the end, the creams, ointments, and devices that require you to do no work are really just scams to separate you from your cash, and transfer it to another person or company. Don’t waste your money.


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