Ross Edgley is on a mission to prove his views on body weight, no matter how controversial his methods are. The 28-year-old is a “sport scientist” by profession, and now Edgley has done the unthinkable: losing weight in a matter of 24 hours.
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For those of you who are not aware of it, a sport scientist is an actual profession, and they are the ones who study how the human body can benefit from healthy activities such as exercise. Edgley wanted to show the world how weight loss really works and that fat isn’t the only factor that contributes to a man’s weight.
Edgley made sure to cover everything in his 24-hour weight loss journey from Epsom baths to saunas. His logical explanation behind all this is, “As much as 50 percent to 70 percent of our body weight is made up of water. So weighing 95 kg, that means in theory, 47.5 kg of my body is water weight.”
His process should not be something that people should try at home or without consulting a licensed doctor first. This is merely an expert’s own experiment in trying to prove what other factors aside from fat can affect weight loss.
“I must stress that although I lost 25 pounds in 24 hours, absolutely none of this was fat, and I immediately put it all back on within two hours after I finished the experiment,” Edgley warned. “What I did was very dangerous and was done under very strict conditions, having consulted a doctor before the experiment. This was purely to prove the point that the number on those bathroom scales can fluctuate and has very little to do with your body fat.”
First thing’s first: Edgley cut back on water.
He is purely aware that cutting back on water is extremely dangerous as this may cause problems on organ functions, but Edgley is not encouraging anyone to stop consuming the purified drink entirely. In his experiment, he “flushes” out the water from the body, as water weight does contribute to an increase in body weight. Edgley does so by resorting to diuretics, the substances that promote urine activity, but we’re not talking pharmaceutical diuretics here. There are many natural options out there that give out health benefits when taken in fair amounts.
An example of which are vitamin C and dandelion roots. Edgley downed 100 ml of water for his experiment and flushed it out around 20 times.
Edgley kept a diary to track down his plight
For the night before, he noted that he indulged in junk food such as pizza, salad, and potato chips before he weighed himself. The scale read about 92.99 kilograms, which is an average weight for his height and stature. Edgley continued to remind readers that something like this is not a spur-of-the-moment decision, but something that required months of preparation prior to the actual experiment.
He constantly reminded himself of what is safe for his body and what’s not by compiling doctor’s notes and medical journals. One note Edgley highlighted is, “As much as 50 percent–70 percent of our body weight is made up of the water content in your bodies.”
It should be kept in mind that body fat percentage and water weight are two different things. But Edgley stresses out that water weight does have a factor in affecting your overall weight.