How to Lose a Pound of Fat per Day! (and Why You SHOULDN’T!)

I want to start off our relationship by letting you know what I’m all about.

The answer is simple: I’m all about the fastest, most science-backed, most powerful fat loss methods in existence.

Now, you might say “Ok, Ari, but how do I know you’re different from all the other diet and fitness gurus out there who also claim their methods are effective?”

Well, let me show you exactly how my methods differ from everyone else out there…

Here’s a common claim you can hear with countless scammy weight loss products on the market today:

“Lose a Pound Per Day!”

So what’s wrong with this claim?

To find out, let’s go over some basics…

There are 9 calories per gram of fat. 1 pound of body fat equates to roughly 3,555 calories. (Let’s round off to 3,500 for simplicity’s sake).

In other words, if you want to burn through 1 pound of body fat, you have to create a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories.

To achieve a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories, that means you need to burn 3,500 calories more than the amount of calories you take in.

Now, consider the fact that most people typically eat and burn between only 1,300-2,500 calories per day.

So even if you COMPLETELY STARVE YOURSELF (eat literally no food whatsoever for an entire day), you would still be at a deficit of only 1,300-2,500 calories–which is obviously far less than the 3,500 calories needed to burn a pound of body fat.

Here we run into the first major dilemma of losing a “pound per day.” If we are normally burning only 1,500 calories per day, how exactly are we supposed to end up burning not just 3,500 calories, but burn 3,500 calories MORE than the calories we consumed that day?

To achieve a state where you are burning 3,500 more calories than you burn each day requires COMPLETE STARVATION combined with HUGE amounts of daily exercise.

Such a program is completely unsustainable for more than even just a few days.

Why is it unsustainable?

There are several reasons:

1. You can’t stay alive for more than a few days without eating.

2. Much of the tissue your body would lose is muscle rather than fat, so even if you are on a program this extreme that you do have a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories, you STILL wouldn’t burn off a pound of fat per day.

3. Even if you managed to force yourself to do this horrible regimen of starvation and exercise, you wouldn’t be able to sustain this caloric deficit for more than a few days. Your metabolism and your non-exercise calorie burning (NEAT) would decrease dramatically and you wouldn’t actually be able to burn anywhere close to 3,500 calories while eating less than 1,500 calories. You certainly wouldn’t be able to burn 3,500 calories while on a program of complete, or near-complete, starvation. Your body would quickly start burning hundreds of calories less each day, no matter how hard you tried to do more than that.

Do you see how this math doesn’t add up?

In order to lose a pound of fat in a day, one would not only have to take in zero calories (i.e. be on a complete starvation diet), but on top of starving yourself, you would also have to do roughly 2-3 HOURS of intense exercise each day in order to reach a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories.

(And of course, it’s probably going to be pretty difficult to muster the energy to do several hours of exercise while you have no energy due to starving yourself).

So yeah, if you can sustain a program of COMPLETE STARVATION (zero food intake) and several HOURS of daily exercise for 7 days, then yes, you can lose 7 pounds of fat in 7 days.

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible for most people to do this for even a single day, let alone multiple days or weeks. This is physiologically impossible to sustain for even very short periods of time. Extreme fatigue and terrible hunger pangs would quickly take hold and leave you unable to function. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot sustain a daily calorie deficit of 3,500 calories for more than just a few days.

But that’s not even the biggest problem!

Consider for just a moment, the repercussions of that metabolism slowdown that you’re going to get from that crash diet.

We already know that in the long run, not only do crash diets not work to achieve lasting fat loss, but they actually MAKE YOU FATTER.

So even if you do manage to perform such an extreme feat and starve yourself for a little while, if we check on you 6 months later, you are likely to be FATTER–not leaner–than you were when you started this whole diet thing.

One study found concluded: “Weight-loss attempts may be associated with subsequent major weight gain, even when several potential confounders are controlled for.”


In reviewing hundreds of studies on dieting and weight loss, researchers at UCLA concluded that short-term weight loss from dieting does occur, but “these losses are not maintained… It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate.”

The bottom line is this:

You can keep on searching for the magic pill–that rapid weight loss diet that’s going to melt off a “pound per day”–but as long as you do that, you will only be making yourself fatter in the long run.

It’s time to stop looking for the magic pill solution, and start adopting a REAL SOLUTION, like what’s presented in my Forever Fat Loss Formula program.

Whether or not you choose to use my books and programs to reach your weight loss goals, my hope is that this article has convinced you to NEVER adopt any of the quick-fix crash diets ever again. There’s simply no need to suffer through it. Not only does the suffering get you nothing in the long run, it is likely only to make you worse off.


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