Burn Fat Without Diets: Weight Loss Solutions from Dr. Ginzburg

Burn Fat Without Diets: Weight Loss Solutions from Dr. Ginzburg

So you think you’re obliged to follow a strict diet and exercise program in order to lose weight? Not necessarily.

A Russian nutritionist, endocrinologist and psychiatrist, director of the country’s leading weight loss clinic, Dr Michael Ginzburg dares to challenge weight loss clichés that never seem to work.

In his book The Perfect Weight Loss Program, Dr. Ginzburg says,

“Fat is the energy we’ve once stored in order to fuel certain life goals which we have since put on hold.”

Here are a few tips from Russia’s most successful weight loss guru:

To Burn Fat and Lose Weight, Choose Fitness Workouts You Enjoy

Slimming should be comfortable, the nutritionist says, and a slimmer should be happy about the food and exercise routines she’s using.

“Do you really, really love jogging? Does it fill you with energy improving your mood, your work performance, even your sexuality? If so, then jogging is for you, as long as you experience all of the above. But if you feel nothing but muscle pain, then forget it.”

Dr. Michael Ginzburg goes on to tell the story of his patient who used to torment herself with excessive diets and exercise. The woman only had a dozen pounds to lose, but she used to get up at 6 a.m. for a two-hour jog on the beach, followed by another one in the evening. Exhausted and angry, she’d lose a couple of pounds, but once she returned home from his clinic, the weight would come back on and then some.

During one of her clinic stays, the patient decided to give it a break. She abandoned her hours-long exercise routines and instead, spent all her waking time reconnecting with an old school friend: roaming around the city, eating whatever she fancied and partying her head off. To her surprise, by the time she went home she’d lost more weight than ever without even thinking about it.

In Dr. Ginzburg’s opinion, “a happy, positive state of mind is a prerequisite of a comfortable weight loss. Excessive exercise and forbidding diets result in a bad mood which in turn leads to low muscle tone and increased appetite.”

Most Overweight People Don’t Need Appetite Suppressants, Dr. Ginzburg Says

Apart from serious health conditions like diabetes or thyroid disorders, most overweight people have perfectly normal appetite levels, the endocrinologist insists. However, he points out three factors that can elevate appetite beyond norm:

  1. Lack of sleep is the main cause of increased appetite. Our brain perceives lack of sleep as a symptom of stress and danger, so it uses food as a readily available antidepressant, then stores it as fat as a prehistoric reaction to the danger of potential famine.
  2. Menstrual cycle affects appetite levels greatly in women: its second phase is notorious for food cravings and overeating. “This is perfectly natural, and the solution is very simple: plan any weight loss action for the first half of the cycle and once it’s over, concentrate on maintenance.”
  3. Alcohol is a notorious appetite booster: is lowers blood sugar levels, resulting in an illusion of hunger. “You really need to restrict your alcohol consumption if you’re trying to lose weight,” Dr. Ginzburg says.

To Lose Weight Successfully, Follow Your Body Clock

Biologically, the nutritionist explains, there are two phases to slimming. We all have periods when weight seems to come off on its own, while at other times simply not gaining it is a struggle in itself. Dr. Ginzburg recommends we listen to our body clock and learn to tell which period is best for losing weight and which, for maintaining it.

“It’s a good idea to have two action modes: one, targeting fat burning and weight loss, and the other, addressing weight maintenance. Switching between these two modes is much more productive than constantly staying exhausted and half-starved no matter what.

“Try to plan your day so that you can enjoy an evening meal or treat. Our body is initially created so that we store energy in the evenings and spend it in the mornings, so restricting food intake in the evening is counterproductive. Also, follow your body clock and, if possible, schedule any weight loss action for springtime and summer when our energy and positivity levels are at their highest. Winter is time for weight maintenance, not weight loss.”

A recipe for healthy and happy weight loss from Dr. Michael Ginzburg is as follows: a positive outlook combined with reasonable amounts of a variety of healthy unprocessed foods (and yes, you do need to go easy on fat), backed up by pleasurable levels of your favorite exercise. Sounds simple? It is. Because, as Dr. Ginzburg likes to repeat, “losing weight is so easy. If we can’t slim down, it’s most likely because we have inner agendas that demand that we stay overweight.”