Diet FAQ

I get a ton of questions on a daily basis so I decide to create a page with my top dieting questions.  Here they are in no particular order.  Before you decide to send me a question via my email address, please make sure that you take a peek at these top dieting questions first.

Question: What is the best way to lose weight?

Answer: The best way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and increase your physical activity. Experts suggest aiming for a weight loss goal of about a pound a week but depending on your initial weight, it is possible to lose more than this in a safe manner.  Diet and exercise is the ultimately combination and should be the premise of your dieting regimes.  My top recommended diet that utilizes both of these dieting principles effectively is Strip That Fat.

Question: Are all diets safe?

Answer: Heck no.  Eating grapefruits all day every day isn’t good for you.  Either is starving your body of carbohydrates.  There have been many studies that prove that all diets are not safe and in fact, some can actually have a negative impact on your lifespan.  It is important that you choose diets that don’t not require you to starve, eat the same foods every day, or remove complete food groups from you diet.  These are not safe.

Question: What diet do you recommend and why?

Answer: I recommend Strip That Fat because of it’s core principles.  First, it gives you the freedom to choose foods you like eating.  There is no point in eating food at all if you don’t like what you are eating and a diet won’t work if you don’t like the food.

Secondly, it incorporates some exercise techniques that anyone can do…no matter if you are big or small.   They also provide “busy schedule” exercises as well because we all know there is not enough time in the day.

Lastly, it is a diet that focuses not only on short term weight loss, but long term.  This is very important because most diets are short lived and you gain all the weight back.  Not the case with Strip That Fat.  You can read my full review here.

Question: What is the quickest way to lose 10lbs in 2 weeks?

Answer: I have actually written a complete blog post about this.  You can read it here.

Question: Is exercise important to losing weight?

Answer: Absolutely.  Exercise is not only important for weight loss, it is also important for your own physical and mental health.  It carries many benefits that go far beyond weight loss.

Exercise plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body, and it makes it possible to create a calorie deficit and lose weight without starving your body and slowing your metabolism. But do not look to exercise as your sole method of weight loss.

Think how many times you’ve heard someone say, “I’ll have dessert and work it off later.” That brownie or cupcake can equate to hours of exercise — something you’re not likely to actually do.  You are always better off to eat better than to exercise more.  It is much easier to NOT eat 100 calories than it is to burn 100 calories.

Question: How should I get rid of belly fat?

Answer: A combination of healthy eating and exercise.  Doing sit-ups is not going to get rid of belly fat.  Although it does burn a few calories, it does not solve the problem.   So, following a good diet plan w/ exercise is the best way to lose belly fat.

Question: Is caffeine good for weight loss?

Answer: This is a loaded question and there are many “pros” and “cons” out there in this regards.  I personally believe that caffeine can be good in terms of attaining energy and for improving coherence and brain function, but as for weight loss it should not be something that you get into a habit of doing.

When drinking caffeine it releases hormones in your body. It is a fat gaining enzyme that the body releases because the body is put into a stress mode or that there is “danger ahead”. This is a fight or flight reflex that your body has. Coffee not only is proven in women to add fat to the body it has also been proven in studies that people who drink coffee sleep much less.