3 Silver Bullet Affects Behind Fat Loss

by on August 8, 2017

How’s it going Mountain Dog Readers!

Have you ever experienced this scenario?

Lunch time hits, you go into the employee lounge, get ready to pop in your lunch that’s in tupper wear, and then that awkward moment comes from your coworker… “What are you eating for lunch?”

The conversation ends up leading into what diets one has tried, what works, what doesn’t work, the new diet they heard about and are going to try.

The conversation basically has you cringing while you eat your food and you can’t wait to swallow that last bite of grilled chicken to get the hell out of there.

We remember having these moments with ex-coworkers and it didn’t matter what you told them, even if your point was valid, you had evidence to back up your points, and your anecdotal experience over the years showed for it… It was like speaking to a brick wall.

The topic that always ended up being touchy was a specific diet one had tried and others had success or didn’t have success with. These diets ranged from:

  • Paleo
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Juice Cleanses
  • Low Carb
  • Set Meal Plan Diets
  • Counting Calories
  • Weight Watchers
  • Clean Eating

We noticed a trend in everyone’s answers when they spoke of a diet they tried and had early success with and that was “the diet was great for “X” amount of weeks or so, but… then I couldn’t sustain it.”

How many times have you heard this exact same sentence and even better, experienced these conversations?

Even we have blurted this out when we tried a bunch of different diets early on in our fitness journey.

It is something we all go through and experience, probably just trial and error 🙂

Our next question would be, have you ever heard of the 3 Silver Bullet Affects when you diet?

There’s always three silver bullet affects when you diet, that’s why they produce results, and we are going to tell you what the secret sauces are to them so you can finally get results too and hopefully you can convince your co-workers, peers, family, and friends when they approach you with another story or diet fad they have tried.

Silver Bullet #1- The Magic Potion Behind Restriction

The overall arch of diets that are successful induce restriction in some way and put you into a negative energy deficit. After all, being in a negative energy deficit is what you want to create in order to lose body fat.

Total energy balance (calories at the end of a 24-hour cycle) is the biggest consensus determining weight loss; this has always been and always will be the secret sauce behind the silver bullet success with diets (1).

Once you understand that one of the silver bullets come down to expending more calories than you consume, you can then decide on what type of nutrition program will work best for you. And one thing you really should consider when choosing this nutrition program is one that you can see yourself adhering to for days, weeks, months, and years on end.

Silver Bullet #2- The 3 Most Underrated Factors in Fat Loss

Once you understand that you need to put yourself in some sort of negative energy deficit to induce fat loss, you then want to think about creating the three most underrated factors in fat loss and those are:

  1. Creating good habits
  2. Focusing on behavioral changes
  3. Find something that’s going to motivate and inspire the hell out of you

When creating good habits, think about building a house, when you build a house you must have a solid foundation to build upon it for years and hold up. Same goes for developing good sound habits, it takes time, work, and consistency.

When focusing on behavioral changes, the first thing you must be aware of are your surroundings and support systems. If you have a negative group of people that you surround yourself with, they will just bring you down and criticize you. If you do not have a dedicated support system through your journey, who do you have to turn to for support when things get rough and you want to quit? You must have a support system cheering you on!

And finally, find something that will keep you locked in and laser sharp each day, week, and month. Find something that motivates the hell out of you and you refuse to let that person or thing down.

Without these three key factors, it doesn’t matter what “optimal” diet you follow, you can eat all the “clean” and “magical” foods you want or have the “perfect macro ratios,” and you still won’t have success with the diet. Why? Because you need to lay down the foundation to your diet first before anything and that’s by creating good habits, behavioral changes, and being motivated.

Silver Bullet #3- The 3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Diet

Now that you have laid down the foundation to your diet by creating good habits, behavioral changes, and being motivated…you can now think about the three key questions to ask yourself and those are:

  1. Which nutrition program will fit my lifestyle and schedule best?
  2. Which nutrition program can I see myself on for days, weeks, months, and years?
  3. Which nutrition program do I have a personal preference for?

Think long and hard about your daily lifestyle and schedule, don’t just assume you have all the time in the world and can stop making certain things a top priority in your life. Take the time to really dissect your lifestyle and schedule to see what will work best.

Within 4 weeks you should know what type of nutrition program you will be able to follow for days, weeks, months, and years on end.

Personal preference is key and this might become clearer with trial, error, and experimentation so be patient and observe every pro and con about each nutrition program.

Now that you have figured the secret sauce behind the 3 silver bullets for fat loss, it’s time to start weighing out the pros and cons to six different nutrition programs to help you select which one resonates with you most. Remember there is no one universal nutrition program, get that black and white thinking out of your head.


Actionable Steps to Remember When Trying to Make a Silver Bullet for Dieting

  • Make sure to master the basics of nutrition and change your behavioral habits to build the foundation for success and long-term sustainability
  • Make sure the diet induces some sort of negative energy deficit or else you will not drop body fat
  • Make sure you have a personal preference for the diet so it increases adherence and consistency hence keeping the pro’s and cons to each type of diet (see above pics)
  • Make sure the diet fits your lifestyle and schedule
  • Look for a sustainable lifestyle change rather than a quick fix, play the long game
  • Make sure you can see yourself on this diet for weeks, months, years, and most importantly can you see yourself on this nutrition program post diet
  • It’s a marathon, not a sprint


We will leave you with this:

 “Our data tells us that when it comes to body fat loss, not all diet calories are exactly equal,” Professor Hall said. “But the real world is more complicated than a research lab, and if you have obesity and want to lose weight, it may be more important to consider which type of diet you’ll be most likely to stick to over time (12).”

“The Key to successful long term weight loss appears to be related to developing the skills and behavioral strategies needed to effect long term changes in diet, exercise and overall physical activity (13).”

We couldn’t have summed it up better than this. Now the next time you have that awful conversation in the break room with co-workers, tell them about the 3 Silver Bullets for Dieting 😉


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9. Stewart. TM. Rigid vs. flexible dieting: association with eating disorder symptoms in non- obese women. 2002; Smith. CF. Flexible vs. Rigid dieting strategies: relationship with adverse behavioral outcomes.1999

10. Wadden et al. Randomized trial of lifestyle modification and pharmacotherapy for obesity. 2005
11. Baker. RC. Self-Monitoring may be necessary for successful weight control. 1993
12. Hall et al. Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity. 2015
13. Dr. Mike Joyner http://www.drmichaeljoyner.com/wheat-belly-low-carb-diets/

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