Scale Manipulation

Question of the Week? – What about the ” Fat Fast”

The question of the week will address the “Fat Fast” and other methods used to manipulate the scale during the protocol. In Pounds and Inches, Dr. Simeons discusses the importance of the process in resetting the hypothalamus. This protocol, whether you are on the original or on a modified version through your doctor, is point specific to do two things; break down abnormal fat and reset your hypothalamus so the weight stays off.

When we get anxious for quicker results we find there are many versions of scale manipulation out there that others have tried and it starts a bandwagon effect on everyone doing whatever it takes to get the scale to go lower. The fact is, with this particular diet stalls do happen, and there is a reason for them. (Read this article on stalls.) When we are not losing pounds, our body is reshaping and we are losing inches.  You need to track your inches from day one and throughout this diet.  Your body needs this catch up time to be able to reshape the inches and get rid of stubborn fat in areas we have never been able to lose before.

I would encourage you if you are doing the protocol to stick to its guidelines and boundaries.  If you want to forever be done with yo-yo dieting, re-setting your hypothalamus is key.  We have seen many fads of scale manipulation come and go over the last few years and I can tell you those that do them are still on the roller coaster.  If you want to do this right, then think of the this as a tool you are using to re-train your body to eat healthy and also look for the long term benefits to your overall health.

This diet can cause some people to focus to much on the scale, but it is important to remember that it is not all about the numbers at the scale.  We encourage you to avoid that crutch by focusing on optimizing your body for long term health and benefits.  Use food as your fuel and for nutrients versus a # at the scale in the morning.  If you make the right choices you will see your body will stabilize and you will be able to maintain for life.

Addressing some of the scale manipulations, the most recent has been the “Fat Fast”, which in its own texts tells you it can be dangerous to your health for anyone who is losing weight normally.  If your body will lose weight, even slower than you like, then the “Fat Fast” was never indicated to be a tool for you to manipulate the scale.  I would also point out that on Phase 2 it could completely ruin your overall results and stabilization efforts.

Focus on healthy eating habits of a balanced diet and you will see the benefits of dedication and consistency.


  1. Dmariej on June 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

    this article contains the information i really needed today. I am at day 13 first round p2 and have been stalled at least 4 days straight. I was told to do the apple day today. I made it through 4 apples and then had to have some chicken and spinach. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but no matter what this article has motivated me to press on through this phase no matter what the scale says. I also realize that I am losing inches because my thighs are shaping up right before my eyes and I have not seen a change in them in years. With that said, thank you for this much needed article.

    • Marialydialugo on March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Whats the apple day? I cant seem to find it.

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