This is the formula that works for me as an alternative to diet pills. Following 25 years of personal diet research. To make it work for me I first needed to have the facts about my personal diet needs. Then I applied the calorie counting method (tried and tested), then added 3 bits of diet science, 1 nutritional and one exercise and one psychological.
Gathering The Facts
- Firstly, I know exactly how many calories my body burns in an average day. Find out yours here.
- Secondly, I know the size of my skeleton. Find out yours here.
- Thirdly, I know the percentage of my body weight which is made up of fat. Find out yours here.
- Fourthly, I know my personal ideal weight by using the info above and checking the weight for height chart.
Applying the Calorie Counting Method
I know this bit sounds boring, but it’s fundamental to the science, so please bear with me.
Say for example that I know the following:
- My BMR is 1496
- I have a large frame
- My Height is 5’6″
- My ideal weight is 136lbs
If I want to lose 20lbs and I eat 1000 calories per day (1 pound of fat = 3500 calories), it would take me 14 weeks if I stay a lightly active as I am now!
Not fast enough for me, so what can I do?
Here’s the clever bit:
The clever alternative to Diet Pills
It’s at this point that in the past I might have turned to diet pills to speed up my weight loss. But now I know the Alternative to diet pills 3 point plan:
- I set a faster goal – it motivates and puts me in control – If I want to lose the same weight in less time, I change my goal to losing 20lbs of fat in 10 weeks. This means I need to burn an extra 286 calories a day!
- I believe I can do it.
- And I understand the science
Now, using the calorie calculator and the calorie burn planner, I can work out what exercise I can do to burn those extra 690 calories a day. As an example, let’s say I choose to do 30 minutes of Aerobics 3 days a week and walk briskly on the other 4 for 30 minutes, that would burn 120 calories, but that’s not enough and I really can’t manage double that – not every day!!!
But wait… here’s the magic, Just doing 30 mins a day will take me from being lightly active to moderately active, so I get a free bonus… my BMR has gone up to 1600! That means the 120 calories a day I’m burning is actually worth 220 … Now things are looking up!
Now if you ensure every day that you eat no more than 1000 calories a day, you will lose weight. But as in my example, not fast enough. And no, I’m not going to tell you to eat less than 1000 calories a day as an alternative to diet pills. What I am going to tell you is the magic that works for me. I include one meal a day which is made up of foods that burn fat. For example I may eat a meal containing lots of Jalapeno, Habanero, and Cayenne Peppers & drink lots of black coffee every day. Check for other Fat burning foods here.
The Capsaicin in peppers speeds up your heart rate (a bit like a diet pill might) A study from the late 1980s found that eating a single meal like this could increase your metabolism by up to 25 percent, for up to 3 hours after you finish eating. So let’s do the maths if my BMR is 1845 over a 24 hour period and I boost it for up to 3 hours a day by 25%, that’s an extra 50 calories a day. The extra coffee I’m drinking will take care of the other 16 calories!
So that’s it!, I can lose 20lbs of fat 4 weeks faster without eating less than 1000 calories a day and without taking diet pills, it’s my alternative that works for me! It’s really important that if you choose to copy this method, you make sure it’s okay for you and that you consider checking with your Doctor before starting. I’m just saying what works for me – I’m healthy and am not taking any medication. Do your own research and make your own decisions.