Larry North is a true powerhouse of the fitness world. He is host of a national TV and radio fitness show, the owner of Larry North Total Fitness facilities, a motivational speaker, restaurateur, and civic leader. He lives in Dallas.Chapter 1 THE MYTH OF DIETING: WHY DIETING MAKES YOU FATTER I probably shouldn't say this, but I will be the first to admit that if you want to lose ten to twenty pounds quickly, just put this book down right now and start starving yourself.
I promise you, with some effort you'll lose weight right away. But study after study of dieters shows that almost all of you will not last two weeks on a diet. Most don't last a week. And here's the saddest news of all. If you do lose weight through diet programs, you will gain it all back within a year. Here are the facts: There is simply no scientific evidence to suggest that dieting does anything other than create a temporary weight loss. Think about it. If losing weight were simply a matter of going on a diet -- that is, cutting calories -- then why aren't all of us able to do it? If all these diets really worked, then why are we collectively getting fatter? Now I am not going to load you down with highly technical jargon about nutrition. But over the years, I have learned the one irrefutable science lesson that should make you forever abandon the idea of losing weight by starving yourself. What happens when you diet is that you force your body to slow down its metabolism, one of the most important words you're going to come across in this book. Your metabolism is what burns calories to create energy. Think of it as your inner engine. The higher the level at which you can keep your engine revved up, the more fuel (or calories) it will burn. But if there is no fuel for your engine, your metabolism slows down. It tries to preserve every calorie it can. According to some studies, if you drop from 2,000 calories a day to 1,200, your metabolism decreases by 5 to 10 percent. If you drop to 800 calories a day, your metabolism lowers by a whopping 10 to 20 percent. After a couple of weeks of a very strict diet, your body readjusts and starts cutting back on its own caloric needs. Suddenly, that paltry 800-calorie-a-day diet can feel like 8,000 calories. Because your metabolism is working at a snail's pace, you actually stop losing weight. But that's not your only problem. With your slower metabolism rate, you're very vulnerable to gaining back huge amounts of weight. And you will gain it back, because at some point you will have to start eating again. You may think you're different, that you have the willpower to stop eating, but scientific research shows that when your body is starving, it is stronger than your brain. Your body will send such strong signals to your brain that you will break into Fort Knox if there's a candy bar in there. Come on, you know it's true. If you diet, you will also overeat. And the minute you start eating again, two things will happen to you. First, your depleted carbohydrate cells, desperate to soak up any fluid they can, will act like sponges and regain every bit of water weight that you lost during your diet; and second, your slowed metabolic rate won't be able to speed up in time to burn off the new food you have just put in, which means the food will go right to your fat cells. "Hold on," you say, "I thought I had gotten rid of my fat cells when I dieted!" Sorry, you've been duped again. For the most part, what you lose when you diet is your muscle tissue -- the most valuable part of your body for maintaining a high metabolic rate. Granted, your body will pull calories from some of your fat cells, but it will first look to your muscles for nourishment. The truth is that your body wants to get rid of your muscle tissue. Why? In its dietstarvation mode, your body, desperate to preserve itself, is doing everything it can to save calories, not burn them. And what's the one thing that burns calories? Your muscles! Fat is metabolically inactive because its function is to serve as a big old greasy warehouse for the storage of fat cells. In other words, fat tissue does nothing but collect fat.In Living Lean, fitness expert Larry North breaks through all the confusion of fad diets, exercise programs, deceptive fitness frauds, and "low fat" products and starts you on a program to lose fat, get lean, and look fabulous. Whether you'd like to lose five, ten, or a hundred pounds or reshape your whole body, what you want to know is HOW DO I DO IT? North's motivational yet realistic grogram, featuring a six-week plan for eating the Larry North way, easy-to-make recipes, and fuel-burning, muscle-toning exercises, brings immediate results. You'll gain more energy and feel better about yourself, and you'll soon want to see how far you can go. So take the first step toward the body you've always dreamed of. In Living Lean, Larry North cuts through the jargon and tells you * how to examine your relationship with food and why you've failed in the past * how to eat more to lose weight * how to go from a size 16 to a size 10 (and beyond!) and never look back again Empathetic and inspirational, in Living Lean Larry North shows you how to get results without starving or overexercising and keeps you focused on achieving your fitness goals.Joe Avezzano Special Teams Coach, Dallas Cowboys Living Lean is easy to read, easy to follow, easy to understand, and very thorough. Everyone can benefit from Larry North's knowledge.Linda Gray Star Of Dallas Larry North has done it! You can take charge of your life by following his clear, uncomplicated formula for Living Lean. He is a unique thinker whose idea of a 'diet' is to eat! I love it!In Living Lean, fitness expert Larry North breaks through all the confusion of fad diets, exercise programs, deceptive fitness frauds, and "low fat" products and starts you on a program to lose fat, get lean, and look fabulous. Whether you'd like to lose five, ten, or a hundred pounds or reshape your whole body, what you want to know is HOW DO I DO IT? North's motivated yet realistic program, featuring a six-week plan for eating the Larry North way, easy-to-make recipes, and fuel-burning, muscle-toning exercises, brings immediate results. In Living Lean, Larry North cuts through the jargon and tells you how to examine your relationship with food and why you've failed in the past, how to eat more to lose weight, and how to go from a size 16 to a size 10 (and beyond!) and never look back again. Empathetic and inspirational, in Living Lean Larry North shows you how to get results without starving or overexercising and keeps you focused on achieving your fitness goals.
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