Adam Ruins Everything – Why Extreme Diets Don’t Work | truTV


Losing weight at a rapid rate can actually make it harder for you to stay thin in the long-term.

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  1. You can cycle, you eat what the amount of calories your diet says, and then after some time, it could be every 3 days, or once a week, you eat what you would normally eat, it keeps your metabolism from slowing down, it doesnt completely reset it, but in long term you will lose weight and it will be easier to maintain.

  2. so why is 50% of the US population "genetically different" than the rest of the world?
    when that same 50% only makes up about 2% of the earth's total population

    I guess that's the next question to answer

  3. Then there's the people having problem with gaining weight. My sister and I have powerful metabolism's.
    For example, she ate four whole pizza's [ not slices, whole pizza's ] and was still hungry. Didn't gain anything from that.

    People look at that and say "Oh you're so lucky to have that" but it's not as great as people think.

    For the average person's grocery bill where I live, they spend $200 at most a month on food.

    My sister and I spend $600 AT LEAST on food a month. That's not together either, that's $600 each and the sad part is, my sister is actually losing weight still. She's so thin you can see her rib bones.

  4. why not just do it at a healthy rate, cut back sugar, include fruits and veggies, work out an hour a day, and don't eat too much before bed time? Everyone's different and it may take longer due to various body issues and you may not shed pounds like a snake, but you at least will have more energy and your organs will be healthier.

  5. The only thing that will really help those who have certain "genes" would be to move to an area of the world where food is relatively hard to come by… and sugary, fatty processed foods are nonexistent.

  6. You see kids, genetics explains most weight differences between people. This is why we had the same obesity rates 100 years ago that we have today. You know those pictures of "circus freak" world's fattest men from the early 1900s that just look like average Americans today? That's just propaganda paid for by the fitness industry. We've always been this fat. Calories in versus calories out is a lie and you should just give up.

  7. By maintaining a high protein intake, proper portioning (to caloric need) and following an appropriate workout regiment anyone can become fit and healthy. Ref Dr. Kim university of Toronto, protein synthesis and athlete protein intake review study.

    You can't change your body type, but physique and health can almost always be changed for the better. What this video is saying is that the extreme dieting seen on the biggest losing doesn't work, the human body is an amazing machine, if you treat it right amazing things will happen.

  8. The study done about the show 'the biggest loser' was so flawed that it can't be used as any sort of proof other than 'you CAN lose wieght'. The majority of the contestants go back to their old eating and exorcise habits, but those who kept the diet, exercise up and regularly weighed themselves didn't gain the wieght back because they didn't go back to eating like pigs. Like this whole episode isn't helping anyone

  9. Anyone who has truly struggled with obesity and dieting understands what he's saying. It's redeeming to know that there was a reason beyond will-power of why my dieting failed. I'm going on 15 years of my transformation by eating at a deficit for 6 days a week with a surplus of calories the other day. What this does is deplete glycogen and force fat to be burned for energy and then re-stores glycogen before leptin is affected and begins to de-regulate my metabolism.

  10. The point is if you squeeze in atleast 20 minutes of daily workout, 3 balanced meals a day of size that fits a medium/small sized plate (~ 500-800 Calories), whatever weight or body that produces, is probably the most productive you. After all, workout, diet, body weight and muscle aren't the end in of themselves, but rather they are among the more useful tools to work towards an end (living your life, being productive). Whats the points if you're super healthy and spend hours in the gym, and much of the rest of the time obsessing over gym and diet? When will you put those few extra years of life saved, to use? Moderation, like almost always, is the key.

  11. I totally understand why people want to look great. But a long as your healthy your doing great. Exercising daily is really the best way to lose wait. But you have to do it over time

  12. I wish they had the full episodes so you could see at the end of this episode they explained you shouldn't exercise for results that aren't feasible and should exercise and eat right because it makes you feel better and improves your quality of life in general.


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