This week, I'm talking about losing weight. Today, I'll include some stories about radical weight-loss through unimaginable circumstances. Later this week, I'll detail some far-easier and safer methods for cutting the pounds.
Let me be clear about this (for legal purposes,) I DO NOT suggest any of the following. Attempting any of these feats could get you injured or killed. Also, the CDC recommends losing only one to two pounds per week as a "healthy" rate of weight-loss.
Without further precautionary ado, please enjoy!
Lost at Sea
Want to lose 40 pounds in 20 days? You could try what a Puerto Rican man did in February and get stuck in the Caribbean Sea. For almost three weeks, Jose Luis Mendez was stuck adrift on his 16-footer, surviving off captured rainwater and raw fish.
|Eat your heart out, Tom Hanks. He didn't even have a volleyball for a friend!|
Also, he was severely dehydrated, exposed to the elements, and only a couple feet away from sharks at all times.
Try selling THAT on an infomercial!
Remember the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped beneath the Earth in 2010? Rescuers dug an emergency tunnel to lift the miners out of captivity. The problem was that the tunnel was only 26 inches wide. That's the width of a typical bicycle tire.
|Yeah, there's no way I could fit through that...|
To drop the weight, NASA put the miners on a strict regimen based on the needs of astronauts in space - cramped and confined, the miners couldn't do much in the way of exercising, so strict dietary controls were needed. The miners were given five meals a day to prevent over-eating at one sitting (a practice that shuts the body down and promotes weight gain.) NASA also gave them a sun-lamp to control their circadian rhythms, because sleep deprivation can stress the body into gaining weight. The same went for entertainment - the miners were given games and other things to distract themselves from their situation, because depression releases chemicals that stimulate weight-gain.
The science is out there. You don't need Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or even NASA to tell you how to lose weight. And you certainly don't need a boat or a collapse mineshaft. A simple Google search is enough to find all kinds of tips and tricks for making yourself healthier. Join me tomorrow as I go over some simple strategies to burn more calories with minimal effort!