Extreme Weight Loss Methods

September 10, 2010

Recently, I came across a blog post where the blogger posted that she was thinking of trying a liquid diet. She said she had so much weight to lose that she really just needed something to help her drop it quick.

I completely related with her great desire to do something extreme to lose weight. When you’re 200 or more pounds overweight, the journey seems so long. You can’t see the road ahead past the thick fog. The fog might as well be a brick wall, because it will create so much fear that it will stop you in your tracks. I’ve been in this situation so many times before. In your mind, the sheer thought of having to struggle through literally YEARS of working your ass off makes you completely shut down and not take any action.

Even now, if I’m in a funk or whatever, when I think about the fact that I’ve lost 76 pounds which isn’t even CLOSE to halfway, I get anxious. I get frustrated and mad. How did I get like this? Why is my body so difficult to deal with?
In the end though, these thoughts are just litter along your path. You have to hop over them, brush them to the side, and continue pushing forward.

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?

So you get frustrated and mad and let yourself slip. How does that improve your life? You slip back into your old unhealthy habits. You revert back to old ways. Your health goes in the wrong direction, and you’re even worse off than when you started.

If you are someone who has lost a lot of weight and maintained it using more extreme methods such as fasting, liquid diets, jaw wiring, etc, more power to you. I congratulate you on your success. But this is my advice that I offered to her:

I haven’t done a liquid diet, other than a day long juice fast. My honest opinion is “don’t do it!” It’s an extreme measure taken that can help you drop weight, but it’s not maintainable. You can’t live on liquids, nor would you want to. A liquid diet doesn’t help you learn new habits and handle your eating behaviors in a healthy way that you can sustain for your entire life. So many times with these extreme measures we push ourselves BACKWARDS. Before the diet we have a “last supper” then when we’re done with the diet we have a “hooray it’s over” week. I’d encourage you to try starting implementing more healthy eating behaviors instead of going to extreme, temporary measures.

And I write this as someone who is currently 379 pounds, down 76 from 455 pounds. I know it’s a struggle with so much weigh to lose, but you can do it.

My advice when selecting a new “diet” plan:

  • Skip the “diet” and work on lifestyle changes
  • Is the new lifestyle you’re choosing adaptable for the long run? I know some might think low carb is not attainable. For me, it is. I can gradually add in more carbohydrates as I get closer to my goal weight.
  • Will you enjoy the foods available? For example, I don’t know anyone who would enjoy all liquids, all the time. For me, I love meats and cheeses and veggies, and can make enough options out of them that I enjoy it. For those on Weight Watchers, there are unlimited options as long as you manage your total intake and portions. It’s all about balance.
  • Can your lifestyle handle the changes? Example: you have a family you cook for every night and you’re on a liquid diet. Will that derail you cooking for them and then sitting down and enjoying your shake? For me, I have to cook more, so that requires more time on my part. I only cook for myself, so I can handle it.

There are so many things to consider. Consistency is key. Make sure you can maintain the lifestyle, have success with the lifestyle, and enjoy the lifestyle. Otherwise, you might be setting yourself up to fail.

Again, I will support anyone in their efforts to become healthy. Different strokes for different folks. I just want everyone to succeed!

Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

  • steff_says

    great post. i totally agree about the danger of extreme options. there are no quick fixes when it comes to lasting weight loss…anyone who thinks otherwise is setting them self up for major disappointment and possibly a lifetime of yo-yo ing!

  • http://www.unveilingthediva.blogspot.com/ Stephnms

    I agree, Emmie. There are no quick fixes to this lifestyle and it scares me to see some of the extremes my friends have gone to to lose weight. Anything worth having takes hard work and preserverence – just sayin. :)

  • http://abetterlesserme.blogspot.com/ D…

    Very sounds advice you gave out. I am in total agreeance, something like that is completely unsustainable and can really impinge on your quality of life. While extreme quick fixes may have initially rapid results they do not fix the problem for those of us who are overweight because of issues with food. I have been there in the depths of despair considering liquid diets, pills, lap band surgery, you name it! I feel for anyone who is in that place. Of course different people are receptive to different methods and are on different journeys but I am skeptical, or is it cynical?

  • http://www.lauralynnec.blogspot.com Lauralynne

    Totally agree – one of the things I’m doing right now is shaking up what I’ve been trying. I’ve lost 40 with 50 more to go. But I’ve been on a plateau and mainly because while what I’m doing works – it’s not sustainable as proven by my plateau. Weightloss is never a sprint, it’s a lifelong journey – you have to keep doing the “diet” you chose because otherwise you end up back where you started…or worse. Can you ‘jump start’ things while you’re getting everything else in order? Sure – but as long as you HAVE a long term plan. Otherwise you’re exactly right – you’re going to “celebrate” your short term success and end up back at the starting line.

  • http://www.biggirlbombshell.com Big Girl Bombshell

    I LOVE your advice on selecting a new “diet” plan….Set yourself up for success!

  • Tobakett

    Never trusted liquid diets….only because I work in an office on phones all day so only 2 breaks a day makes the thought of having to use the restroom a lot a BAD idea….very bad….

    I definitely agree with the sustainability part though….because even if you do manage to lose a ton of weight on a fad diet, really, once you get down to your goal weight trying to adjust to your much lower calorie needs is going to be that much harder…whereas if you make a sustainable diet it takes you in nice little baby steps down.

  • http://twitter.com/retta Retta

    I once went on a REALLY limited calorie and major workout program that sure made me drop the weight but I was always tired. I would come home from the gym and go straight to bed right after a quick dinner. So I would sleep sometimes 12 hours a day. After I stopped the diet, because it was impossible to maintain, the weight came back on very quickly and I had a friend tell me that my personality had changed while on the diet. Apparently I was very moody and not fun to be around. I wish I could say that experience was the turning point that made me focus on health more than trying to find a quick fix but it wasn’t. It took several more years before I discovered that.

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

      What good is it to drop weight if you turn into a bitch? (Not saying you
      were a bitch, but I totally would be on an uber-restricted diet). You’re not
      alone though, Retta- it took most of us several more attempts of
      this insanity before reaching the turning point.

      • http://twitter.com/retta Retta

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure she was trying to tell me I was being a bitch, in the nicest way possible :)

  • http://twitter.com/LisaEirene Lisa Eirene

    This post made me sad. Soooo many people want a quick fix. I’m not judging because when I was 250 I felt DESPERATE. I wanted to lose 100 pounds. I tried a few fad diets, I took diet pills for 1 week and threw them away. Then I decided I needed to learn FOR REAL how to change my life. It was a slow process losing 100 pounds but I did it in just under 2 years AND I’ve kept it off for another 2 years. That’s how to do it. It may be slow but you’ll have better success at keeping it off. It’s about lifestyle changes.

    A few friends of mine have chosen to do Medifast. They’ve lost 20+ pounds in like a month and they are jazzed. I keep my mouth shut because I KNOW as soon as they stop Medifast and start eating again they’ll gain it all back and more. I try to be supportive, but some people just don’t want to make those lifestyle changes. They’ll gain it back because they didn’t learn GOOD habits.

    Sorry if that was preachy. :)

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

      Not preachy at all, Lisa, although if it were, I would add an “AMEN!” to it
      because you’re right on.
      My journey is going slower than I’d like it to. But am I making changes that
      I can maintain for the rest of my life? Heck yes. We should never sacrifice
      in order to see a temporary result.

  • http://www.mayorofthebux.com Danielle

    i fall into the trap of thinking that way at times. oh… if I can lose it quick then i will keep up the other stuff, it will only be an incentive…. but it doesn’t work that way. we want to win this ongoing game and that’s going to take long term decisions and life changes. but, while not “fun” it’s life and not horrible. I love this new way, I feel better and obviously look better… well at least I’m getting there.
    long term, there is no quick fix.

  • http://reitmansfatgirl.blogspot.com Reitmansfatgirl

    it’s amazing -what works for some, doesn’t work for others. I think slow and steady is going to be my game, not that loosing fast isn’t enticing.

    Great Blog!

  • http://thatperfectnumber.blogspot.com/ Tisi

    That’s the thing with diets…I can’t ever stick with them. And because I’m going to feel deprived I pig out the day before, stick to it for a few days, and then binge once it’s over.

    If I track calories and eat whatever I want and aim for a certain number a day, I tend to get more consistent results. Do I screw up? Oh hell yea. I just had a craptastic weekend for eating, almost 1000 calories over my goal both days. But that’s nothing compared to some of my post diet binges.

  • Maia

    I so have to applaud you! I’m not going to lie, you have totally inspired me! I went through an intense “funk” this summer due to unemployment and then I realized that I was being a whiny baby and that I needed to take advantage of this time! So now I’m teaching myself healthier choices and basically trying to turn my life around health wise. I’m already down 5 pounds in a little less than 2 weeks and I have to say that its partially due to reading your blog and seeing what you’ve been going through that has kept me going right along beside you!

    You can do this Emily. I have total faith in you and from someone you have inspired, I have to say thank you.

    xoxo
    Maia

  • Maia

    I so have to applaud you! I’m not going to lie, you have totally inspired me! I went through an intense “funk” this summer due to unemployment and then I realized that I was being a whiny baby and that I needed to take advantage of this time! So now I’m teaching myself healthier choices and basically trying to turn my life around health wise. I’m already down 5 pounds in a little less than 2 weeks and I have to say that its partially due to reading your blog and seeing what you’ve been going through that has kept me going right along beside you!

    You can do this Emily. I have total faith in you and from someone you have inspired, I have to say thank you.

    xoxo
    Maia

  • http://stellarfashion.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    Emmie, you are so right on! It’s taken me about 9 months to lose 50 lbs. this year, and although I struggle because it does take a long time and it can get hard to keep going, I still wouldn’t do one of those fad diets. I know that when I eat healthy and exercise, I feel better, even if the weight comes off more slowly. It WILL come off. It just takes time. I’m always reminded that I didn’t get up to 275 in one month, so it’s OK that it’s taken me 9 months to get down to 225. And it will probably take another 9 months to lose another 50 lbs. And that’s OK.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3SE2Z6LAVYNL6WRA6VTXMNZDQ Colleen

    I agree totally with you! As someone who has never stuck to a “diet”, whether it was calorie counting, protein shakes or Atkins I applaud you giving others this advice. I started weight watchers 17 weeks ago at 303 lbs. I now weigh 258!!! I’m feeling great, but looking at it as a lifelong commitment. This is a lifestyle change that my entire family participates in. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  • http://www.extreme-weight-loss-methods.net/ Chas

    Most extreme methods can be very dangerous and should be discussed with a doctor.  People need to get the idea that there is some magic weight loss method out of their minds!  Diet and exercise is what gets it done!

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