Modern fad diets want you to assess yourself by the weight you lose. They tell you to invest in a good, accurate digital scale.
Coach Lazer says save your money. Instead of the scale, invest in tape measure and a few dumbbells or kettlebells. Instead of the fad low-fat diet foods (all junk and chemicals), invest in high-quality veggies and organic sources of protein.
Most people want to lose weight, and they want to do it effortlessly. There's one major problem with "effortless" weight loss: one loses hard-earned muscle mass, and the strength and metabolic advantages that accompany it. That's not something you want to do: muscles play a pivotal role in boosting our metabolism and immune system, as well as increasing bone strength and actually facilitating weight loss. How? Muscles burn 250% more calories that fat does!
The better way to measure your body is to go by the breadth of your waistline (tightness of your clothes or the hole in your belt), rather than using the scale. The reason is that muscle is 22% more dense than fat. In other words, you could theoretically have two people of the same height; they weigh the same, but one is chubby with a 38" waistline and the other is fit with a 34" waistline. The fit guy is much thinner than his flabby friend, but his muscle weighs more.
Modern fad diets lead to surrendering strategic and vital areas of the body. It's no problem to lose weight – the body is willing to surrender muscle mass with ease; that's not what we want! We want to burn fat.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Sensitive to Others
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - Why Uman?
Dr. Zev Ballen - My Way or the Highway
Racheli Reckles - Choose Life
Yehudit Channen - R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
David Ben Horin - The Curious Case of Nesha Ruther
Lori Steiner - Our True Task
Enjoy, and have a lovely new week!