There are times as we flip through the Sunday magazine inserts that we read about certain lucky folks who were successful in losing “15lbs in 17 days” or “50lbs in 30 days” and I have to admit that there have been times that I’ve sat back and thought, “What if..?” Radical weight loss is a phenomenon that’s gained some credibility over the past several years but my advice is – don’t do it.
We aren’t exactly treading new ground here as we’ve discussed some artificial methods such as diet pills that are available on the market that will supposedly shed pounds of weight in a heartbeat, but we’ve questioned their effectiveness and the trauma that they cause on overall body health. The human body is not “happy” with quick weight shedding as it puts too much stress on bodily functions. Large amounts of weight loss usually involve the loss or transfer of water, fluids, and electrolytes which if left uncontrolled, can be disastrous. We see evidence of this type of radical weight loss in the acting and wrestling communities.
Actors on many occasions have to lose weight to play a certain role or to show aging over time during the course of the movie. Some that come to mind are Tom Hanks in “Castaway” and for “The Philadelphia Story”, Matthew McConaughey in “The Dallas Buyers Club”, and Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables. All of these parts demanded that the character in question exhibit huge weight loss. Hathaway lived on a 500 calorie diet to drop weight while McConaughey ran an all liquid diet which brought his weight down to a paltry 135lbs. This type of stuff is definitely not recommended. Remember that actors who adopt these methods are usually under constant medical supervision.
Wrestlers, and sometimes boxers face the same dilemma when trying to make a weight before a big fight. Many times if a fighter has tipped the scales over his weight, diuretics will be used, particularly at the lower level of the sports, to rid the body of water fast, so dropping weight. Again, this is an example of radical weight loss that is most certainly harmful to your health. Many experts believe that Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Syndrome affliction was brought on by the excessive use of diuretics while trying to make weights for his title fights.
In my humble opinion, there are no quick, easy ways to lose weight that don’t put the human body under some terribly hard stresses. When losing weight like that in large quantities, something is being lost which can’t be put back, and the body has to adjust to that. The older the person is, the more stressful the process. As always, my recommendation is to stick with what works using tried and tested diet regimens and exercise schedules.
..unless of course you have a big fight to get ready for or you’ve just landed the lead role in Robinson Crusoe