As more and more people hear about the Ratchet Diet, it is probably not surprising that some of them misunderstand what this diet is all about and how it works. These days it is not uncommon for a member of the public to stop me in the street and ask “Hans, isn’t this Ratchet Diet just the same thing as those Fast Diets that Oprah is always talking about on the box?”
The answer to that is quite simple.
The key aspect of this diet is that we use the ratchet approach to weight loss. Wikipedia defines a ratchet as a device consisting of a bar or a wheel with a set of angled teeth in which a pawl, cog or tooth engages, allowing motion in one direction only.
Fasting can play an important part in the process losing weight, but it is just one tool among many. The prime focus of this diet is to apply the power of the ratchet mechanism so that the weight loss proceeds in one direction and one direction only.
The ratchet mechanism is an ancient and powerful technique which has been used to good effect by humans since the ancient Egyptians applied it to the construction of their mighty pyramids.
My diet uses the same method. Basically, a ratchet method is one in which it is only possible to progress in one direction. The ratchet stops any backward slippage.
This was a valuable thing to have when you were an Egyptian in the year 2,000 BC, given the task of constructing a giant pyramid on time and on budget. You would arrange ramps and instruct overseers to whip the crap out of your Hebrew slaves to push giant blocks of granite to the top of the pyramid. Using the ratchet method you could push the block of stone until your workforce was exhausted, then stop for a drink of water and a smoke before resuming work when all of the lads were refreshed.
What you DID NOT not want to happen was that every time you stopped for a break the block of stone could slide back down the ramp and you had to start the process all over again. So you would place a wedge under the block of granite to stop it back-sliding. That is the ratchet effect in action, and we use the same mechanism with the Ratchet Diet.
What we are trying to do with this revolutionary new diet approach is that you only lose weight, you never gain it back. Every time you reach a new low weight in your dieting regime, that becomes the “Ratchet Weight”. You then move heaven and earth to ensure that you do not slip backwards and go above that weight again.
How you do that is open to debate. Some lucky people will be able to do it by eating “sensible portions of food”. There is a special place in Hell reserved for these people who are able to eat “sensible portions of food”. Speaking personally, if I was able to eat “sensible portions of food” I wouldn’t be overweight in the first place and wouldn’t need to go on a bloody diet!
What is more likely is that the dieter on the Ratchet Diet will need to use one of the many diet options on the market to achieve the weight loss. The Ratchet comes into play to retain the weight loss and to ensure that there is a relentless journey in the direction of your ideal weight.
One popular approach to losing weight is to use one of the VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) options currently available on the market, an example being Optifast. Another option is the very popular approach called Fasting. There are literally hundreds of books available on the market that will teach you how to use fasting to lose weight. One of my favourites is the “The Fast Diet” by Dr Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer. This is an easy to read book which gives a good introduction to fasting for the person new to this method of dieting.
Now, one thing that I have learned from discussions with some of the people who read this website, is that they are too lazy to bother actually reading a book about dieting,
So with that in mind, here is a video that summarises the contents of the book quite well. Who knows, if you like the video you might even buy the book one day and read it.
And if that is not enough for you here is da man himself, Dr Michael Mosley discussing the Fast Diet
Another excellent reason to use fasting is that it has extra benefits like extending your life and bolstering your brain power.