Here is what we found out. Obese individuals are missing two critical tools that block them from losing weight on their own: they lack capacity and they lack efficiency. If we provide those two things – then folks consistently lose 35% of their body weight in 100 days.
- Capacity. The idea of taking one’s body the way it is now (overweight and sedentary) and using it to burn calories for weight loss is ludicrous. It’s like saying you are going to take your 1998 Chevy Cavalier and race in the Indy 500. Sure, the drivers on the Indy 500 are cool and attractive and popular – just like the fitness models we are trying to look like – but they have high end machines that trump the Cavalier. Likewise, the fitness folks who burn significant numbers of calories have exercise capacity that obese folks don’t have. Plain and simple – it cannot be done from scratch. An overweight person who tries to lose weight on mainstream diets without having capacity first, has a 95% chance of failing. [1-5]
- Efficiency. If you start lifting heavy rocks every day, your body will adjust by strengthening your hands and developing callouses. If you are fair skinned and start going into the sun every day, your body will change your skin color to tan to adjust and protect. If you are a smiley in-shape kale eating fitness person, your body will react by changing the way it digests your food. It will be efficient and take only what it needs from each meal, discharging the rest. Eating 1000 calories means the body holds on to the 200 it needs, and burns the rest. This is categorically different when compared to an obese person who eats 1000 calories. Their bodies hold on to the 200 they need, and store the rest as fat. So, when you see Sally Yogapants eating 15 cookies at the office birthday party and wonder how the heck she does it – she is efficient. Most of you are not. [6-9]
That’s it. No kidding. 95% of obese people who continue to try and lose weight starting on “day 1” with a program written by (and for) fitness people who are already in shape will fail. It’s like having a Ivanka Trump write a “how to be successful” book for poor, Spanish speaking kids from an inner-city. The obese population needs “how to” instructions written from a different perspective. And two of the things that we have shown need to be in there are roadmaps capacity and efficiency.
The good news is this. I am on your side. I am building a bridge from where you are now, to the crystal castle city where all the fitness fairies live. Because I love you 😊 Thanks for reading.
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