Many attractive headlines offer deals on how to achieve great fat loss in just a few days.
Though they are attractive and you can easily decide to try to achieve the same thing, you have to be aware of how much they could endanger your health. What does exactly stand behind the great fat loss and is it possible to cut a few pounds of fat just in 2 or 5 days.
The answer is no.
Still you are wondering how is possible to cut a few pounds? It is a matter of sugar, but not that sugar you think of. It is a sugar in a form your body can use when needs a fuel. Here we are talking about glycogen.
What exactly is glycogen and where is it stored?
In muscle, liver, and fat cells, glycogen is stored in a hydrated form, composed of three or four parts of water per part of glycogen. One gram of glycogen binds 3 or 4 grams of water. That will add extra kilograms if you trust the scale. If you know the fact that is normal for an adult to store around 400 grams of glycogen in the muscle, and between 100 and 120 grams of glycogen in the liver, we get amount of 500 – 600 grams of glycogen stored in the human body. Every gram of store glycogen will bind 3 or 4 grams of water.
So how can you lose weight fast?
By simple math, it adds around 2000 grams to your bodyweight. It’s not a fat, it’s not a muscle, it a sugar that you can use for energy. If you start diet, especially low carb or ketogenic diet, glycogen storage gets empty so fast, so you will lose those kilograms according to the scale. But, you won’t lose fat. You will lose glycogen reserves and water from these reserves.
To lose a kilo of fat, you have to burn around 7500 kcal more then you consume. An average amount of calories required for an adult to maintain the body weight is around 2000. So, if you didn’t consume any food through the day, you will achieve a deficit of 2000 calories. Again, it not necessary to be a math genius, you will have to starve for almost four days to lose a kilo. And it won’t be a kilo of body fat, you will also lose muscle, according to that your body needs proteins for many vital functions and when you stop supplying your body with proteins it will start to break down your muscle fibers in order to get amino acids. That is the worst possible scenario in weight loss. You will not lose fat, your body will eat itself.
What happens when you stop with dieting?
Once you stop dieting and start eating regularly, you will experience sudden increase in weight, which is the result of replenishment of your glycogen storage. Again, you will get glycogen and water back in your muscles and liver, but you won’t get any fat. Your muscle may get bigger volume, the scale will show more weight, but you will not be getting fatter. It has nothing to do with the yo-yo effect. It is just a normal reaction of your body to replenish its lost supplies.
Don’t get fooled by those articles trying to convince you it is possible to lose 10 kg in 2 weeks or 5 kg in 2 days. Healthy lifestyle doesn’t recognize the shortcuts, but the efforts. Inform yourself, learn all the best possible ways to lose your weight and keep your health on the level you want to. Information is the foundation of every great journey.