Weight loss with OMG diet
Have you already heard of Dukan, scoffed fat on Atkins, fainted from drinking only honey and lemon water and lost friends from the noxious side-effects of the cabbage diet?Now there’s a new one, this time designed to inspire jealousy and help you to “get skinnier than all your friends”. Six Weeks to OMG has knocked the Dukan Diet off the top of the iTunes diet book chart and a subsidiary of Penguin has bought it for a seven-figure sum.
Six Weeks to OMG has knocked the Dukan Diet off the top of the iTunes diet book chart. The book, by British sports scientist and personal trainer Paul Khanna, who goes by the pen name Venice A Fulton, offers controversial tips, such as skip breakfast, take cold baths and drink black coffee. But for short-term weight loss, can the OMG diet really help you shed pounds?
Basic principles of OMG diet:
- skipping breakfast
- drinking coffee before excercising
- some kinds of fruit inhibit fat loss
- broccoli carbs are as bad as the carbs from can of Coke
- juices and smoothies result in overeating
- small frequend meals and dishes are not suitable for weight loss
How to stick to 6 weeks OMG diet:
- take a cold shower as soon as you get up
- drink black coffee
- give yourself 45 minutes of physical activity daily (walking, jogging, etc.)
- do not eat 3 hours after the exercising
- too much of exercising is harmful
- take a cold bath or shower
- do the exercise on empty stomach
- do not eat too much fruit
Eating rules during OMD diet
Recommended foods of OMG diet:
- leguminous plants
Neutral foods of OMG diet:
- 100% juices
Foods not recommended during OMG diet:
- dairy producs
Fulton says skipping breakfast will help to stop you becoming a “fadult” (that’s a fat adult to you and me). “Breakfast is for wimps!”, he writes. He recommends exercising first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then only eating once three hours have passed, so that your body is forced to burn stored fat rather than food.
Skipping breakfast is a weight-loss disaster. When you wake up your body produces cortisol, a stress hormone that helps store fat. If you don’t eat, you are putting your body under more strain and stress and therefore more likely to gain weight around the middle. Also, you will want sugary and fatty things when you’re really hungry, which add to weight gain.
Real experience with OMG diet: I skipped breakfast and still had enough energy to run up the stairs on the underground (my “workout”). It didn’t affect my concentration and I ate breakfast at 10am. It was easy, but I consumed exactly the same amount that I usually eat, so I doubt it made much impact on my weight.
Drinking black coffee before exercise
Fulton says the caffeine in a cup of black coffee will help to boost your exercise routine: “It’s nature’s cheap and secret potion,” he writes. But he warns against adding any milk or sugar to your drink, because “either would tell your body that food’s arriving,” which, in theory, will prevent it from burning its fat stores.
Coffee can help, but there’s no secret trick to it. Coffee gives the energy to just about squeeze in a workout. It’s a stimulant and that’s what we use it for, but it doesn’t make your workout more efficient. Liquids contain calories too. People forget fluids such as the Starbucks coffee mocha creamy coffee thing can be high in calories. Adding milk and sugar to coffee will add to your intake. Remember your hard work in the gym is lessened by a highly calorific drink beforehand.
Real experience: It made me feel more energetic, which probably helped to psyche myself up for the gym.
Taking cold baths
Fulton recommends taking baths of between 15C and 20C to “help you lose calories fast”. He says the cold boosts adrenaline, which he says is particularly good for burning the fat stored in women’s thighs.
A lot of athletes will take ice baths to help their muscles recover. When athletes do it after a workout it gets blood to the muscles quicker. It has to be freezing otherwise it won’t work, but the author is not saying go to that extent. Also he does not think everyone will be working out like a top body-builder. For normal people, it probably won’t make much difference to weight-loss.
Real experience with OMG diet: I opt for a cold shower, which is horrible. It feels like my body is in shock and makes my heart race. Afterwards, my skin looks bright and glowing and my clothes feel really warm, but the results don’t outweigh the awfulness. I couldn’t stick to it every day for six weeks.
Eat less fruit
“Fruit can be a cheeky devil,” he says, because it contains fructose, which can turn to fat if it isn’t burnt off.
It’s all about calories. We recommend you eat five pieces of fruit and veg a day, but if you want to lose weight have more vegetables than fruit, as fruit is more calorific. It’s ridiculous to just eat one piece of fruit a day for six weeks, because you’re losing out on essential vitamins and minerals.
Real experience with OMG diet: I replaced fruit with colourful salads and felt fine, but I missed having a late afternoon snack and bought a coffee loaded with honey instead of fruit – Fulton wouldn’t approve.
Swap broccoli for Coke
Fulton says eating unhealthily in the short-term is OK if it makes you thin. “[For some people] to get skinny”, he writes,”it makes no difference whether they get their daily carbs from cans of Coke or from broccoli… for six to 12 weeks there’s no harm in using this knowledge to get super-skinny.”
Broccoli is a fibrous carb that helps digestion and gives you nutrients. If you lay off fibrous carbs like bread, pasta and vegetables then you will be constipated with no energy.
Real experience with OMG diet: I’m far too fond of vegetables and regular bowel movements to attempt this one.