By Sherali S. Bharwani

This evening, I was reading about Oprah Winfrey going on yet another fad diet and just then, I received this spam message in my mail “Lose 30 Pounds In 20 Days!”

So I thought I should write some more on the quick fix weight loss diet plans and how they’re destined to fail miserably. 

I have already written a lot on this topic and I think you should read Fad Diets don’t work because they are flawed at the grass root level! along with this article to learn exactly what’s wrong with quick fix diets.

Back to Oprah now.. According to the Globe tabloid, Oprah Winfrey has gone back to protein shakes to get her weight down again. She lost 20 pounds in 10 days.

There are a few points that I want to make before getting into the specific details of how she lost 20 pounds in 10 days and more importantly, even after losing 20 pounds, how she’s more fat now!

  1. Temporary weight loss will never teach Oprah how to maintain her proper weight.

  2. Protein shakes are an unhealthy way to trick yourself into eating less calories.

  3. It is unlikely that any person could lose 20 pounds of fat in 10 days. A large part of this loss is water and depleted muscle mass, not fat.

Now let me explain with respect to Oprah Winfrey how you get more fat (and of course unhealthy) even after losing 10 to 30 pounds with a quick-fix fad diet.

Let’s say, for the sake of illustration, that a normally active woman with a body composition similar to Oprah’s diets on 1300 calories a day and walks 10 miles, as Oprah did, according to the tabloid.

With a total energy output of 2800 calories (ENERGY OUT), and a calorie intake of 1300 (ENERGY IN), this woman’s daily net calorie intake will be -1500 calories. In other words, she will have burnt 1500 calories more than she ate, and she will have lost 1500 calories worth of body fat in one day.

There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat. In order for Oprah to lose 20 pounds of body fat in 10 days, her net calorie intake must be -7000 calories a day, not just -1500! 

So, to lose 20 pounds of fat in 10 days, Oprah must burn 7000 more calories than she eats each day, an almost impossible task for anyone!

This means 80% of the 20 pounds Oprah actually lost in 10 days is NOT fat! It’s muscle and water. With less muscle mass, Oprah’s body composition has gotten worse and her body fat percentage has increased, even though she weighs less.

And I bet most of the 20% real weight loss i.e. fat loss was due to Oprah’s 10 miles walk so what was the fad diet good for? 

And don’t forget that she’s going to gain back all the muscle and water mass in some time (that has happened to her no less than 10 times now) through a complicated process due to which she’ll gain a couple more pounds of excess fat than she had before going on the diet!

Read Fad Diets don’t work because they are flawed at the grass root level! to learn a little about the complicated process through which body recovers from the effects of a fad diet.