The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook
A Scientific Approach to Crash Dieting
The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook: 93 pages
Home Exercise Handbook (PDF)
Calculator Instructions (PDF)
About the Book
The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook offers a scientifically based approach to quick weight and fat loss. Recognizing that people need or simply want to lose weight and fat rapidly, I set out to develop the safest, most effective way of accomplishing that goal.
I based the program around the idea of creating a diet that would provide the fewest calories possible while still providing all of the essential nutrients required by the body: protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. This provides simply the safest and sanest way to lose fat quickly without sacrificing health (or muscle mass).
Every aspect about how to set up the diet is laid out in a step by step form and the diet is based around whole foods that can be found at any market. With purchase of the book, you’ll also receive instructions for how to access an online calculator that will set up the diet and provide food recommendations.
As well, the diet also incorporates concepts I’ve discussed on this site: free meals, refeeds and full diet breaks to help with both adherence and the body’s tendency to fight back when dieting. Guidelines are provided for when to take them, how to use them, etc.
In addition, guidelines for moving back to maintenance, as well as for using the program to transition into a more moderate fat loss diet are provided in detail.
Specific training guidelines are also provided in order to provide the best results with the least time investment. Massive amounts of exercise aren’t needed; quite in fact, too much exercise while on the rapid fat loss program can hinder results. Quite in fact, for the extremely overweight, no exercise is actually required to reap the benefits of the program.
The book provides specific recommendations (for everyone from beginners to advanced trainees) for both resistance training and aerobic activity in terms of how often and how much will provide the best results.
As well, realizing that most people can’t or won’t join a gym, I developed a small home-exercise handbook outlining a basic routine that can be followed with no or minimal equipment. This is included with your purchase as a digital download.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Just how quickly?
Chapter 2: When is a crash diet appropriate?
Chapter 3: Basic nutrition overview
Chapter 4: Nutrient Metabolism Overview
Chapter 5: An Overview of the Diet
Chapter 6: Estimating body fat percentage
Chapter 7: Exercise
Chapter 8: Setting up the diet
Chapter 9: Metabolic slowdown and what to do about it
Chapter 10: Free meals, refeeds and diet breaks
Chapter 11: Ending the Diet – Introduction
Chapter 12: Moving to Maintenance: Non-counting Method Part 1
Chapter 13: Moving to Maintenance: Non-counting Method Part 2
Chapter 14: Moving to Maintenance: Calculation method
Chapter 15: Back To Dieting
Appendix 1: BMI and Body fat charts
The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1: Just How Quickly?
What can you expect?
On average, caloric intakes on this diet will come out to between 400 to 1200 calories per day coming almost exclusively from protein. For those of you familiar with ketogenic (low- carbohydrate, high-fat) diets, a PSMF is essentially a ketogenic diet without the dietary fat. Obviously, this will represent a fairly large caloric deficit; how large depending on your starting body weight and activity levels.
So with all of that in mind, you may still be wondering what you can expect in terms of true fat loss per week. A lot of it, actually, will depend on where you’re starting out body weight wise (activity also factors in), as that determines your maintenance caloric level.
A 165-pound male with normal activity patterns may have a maintenance requirement of about 2700 calories per day. At 800 calories per day on this diet, that’s almost a 2000 calorie per day deficit, 14,000 calories over a week, 28,000 calories over 2 weeks (note there is a slowing of metabolic rat that reduces these values somewhat). Assuming all of the true (non-water) weight lost was fat (it won’t be), that should be an 8-pound fat loss in 2 weeks (28,000 / 3,500 = 8 pounds) or approximately 2/3rd of a pound of fat lost per day. The true fat loss will be lower because of various inefficiencies and the slowdown of metabolic rate (which can start after only 3-4 days of severe caloric restriction).
A larger individual, say 250 pounds, may have a maintenance caloric requirement near 3,750 calories per day. At 800 cal per day on this diet, that’s a 3,000-calorie per day
deficit. Over 2 weeks, that’s a 42,000-calorie deficit, divided by 3,500 calories per pound of fat equals 12 pounds of fat. That’s on top of the 10 or more pounds of water that may be lost.
Females or lighter individuals with their generally lower maintenance caloric requirements will lose less. True fat losses of 1/2 pound per day or slightly less may be all that they get: that still amounts to a considerable fat loss (6-7 pounds true fat loss over 2 weeks) along with the extra water weight loss.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jay’s before and after pictures here should tell you everything you need to know.
“I purchased Lyle McDonald’s Rapid Fat Loss Handbook in hopes of losing a few pounds quickly. The diet did not disappoint, in just 10 days I lost 7.8 lbs, going from 133 to 125 pounds!”
– Mary Ellen, South Carolina
“I’ve been lifting weights for 35 years, been in the medical field for 20 years, have been a critical care nurse for 12 years. I am well aware of the nutritional needs of humans, and nearly every theory of dieting ever advanced. I’ve done most every type of diet. I have never had such an easy time losing so much fat with so little muscle loss in such a short period of time (50 pounds in 2 1/2 months) as I have with Lyle’s PSMF.
In addition, and more importantly, after just one month on the diet, markers of health…blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol, triglycerides, among others…all went from really REALLY horrid to just about perfect. Truly amazing.”
– David W Cohen, NV
“I put a world class BJJ (brown belt) athlete on a modified RFL diet about 3 weeks before the Pan American games 30 March in Los Angeles. He’s my coach’s son. I synopsized the diet for him so it was easy-to-read, is all. He called in a panic 3 weeks out because the Pan American games were approaching and he was still 4# over weight and hadn’t been able to lose it on his own. The guy was very lean already so it’s a tricky situation but he pulled it off. March 30th he won the gold medal in his weight class. He weighed in 1# below weight, he looked and felt great and fought like a freak.
Back to the kid, now his own BJJ coach (who also competes and also won gold 30 March in the Masters black belt division) sent word that in observing how well Zak performed on the diet and going on to win the Pan Ams that he wants to do it as well to drop a little weight for the upcoming BJJ World’s tournament the first week of June.
Attached is a photo when he won the finals. You can see the shape he’s in. He’s a BJJ phenom. He’s just beaten the guy who’s been an arch rival for years. Very tough match.”
“I am amazed at how this program worked for me. Knowing that a refeed/free meal was right around the corner gave me the willpower to be STRICT with the low calorie days. Unlike most programs that tell you how to lose weight, RFH also devotes several chapters about how to maintain your weight. The book is very concise and I couldn’t be happier about my results!”
J. Tsoi – Houston, Tx
“Your Rapid Fat Loss e-book really put me on the right course. I have gone from 305 to 279 in 74 days. Your no nonsense plan is extremely easy to follow and the best part is……. IT WORKS!!!!! Thank you for this fantastic information that WILL help me achieve the body of my dreams.”
– Bill Evans in Seaford Delaware
“Looking for a fast and easy way to lose weight? There are plenty of so-called crash diets, but only one diet rooted in science and physiology allows you to do so safely without losing precious muscle mass and slowing down your metabolism – the Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF). In The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook, Lyle McDonald has distilled this method with decades of research behind it into practical guidelines, with easy-to-understand categories depending on your starting point in bodyfat, weight and fitness level.
You will learn how to set up the diet, implement free meals and refeeds to not only maintain metabolism but also make the diet easier to follow. Follow the guidelines in this book, where Lyle even provides you with free online resources on how to set up meal plans and an exercise program, and you will lose a lot of fat in a very short time while preserving muscle mass and strength.”
Borge (aka Blade) – Norway
“Thank you so much for writing your book. I’ve done low carb dieting and intense exercise in the past and lost 42 pounds in 58 days only to gain it all back and more over the last two years. Like many others I took things to the extreme and could not maintain. I completed banned all carbs, even some good ones. I started low carbing again about a week before I ordered your book online to lose excess water by banning carbs and I didn’t think to incorporate some really healthy high fiber carbs in portion controlled amounts into my prior weight loss as I do with my two free meals. Thanks to your advice I have successfully lost 22 pounds in 2 weeks. My water retention, high blood pressure is down and my glucose is in balance. I feel great, I’m not hungry, the fish oil is amazing and this really doesn’t feel like a diet. The two regular meals on Sat and Tuesday with exercise a few times a week really help keep me on track. I make sensible choices and I don’t feel deprived. I feel this is a lifestyle I can enjoy permanently.”
D. McGruder – Florida
“Muata over at mrlowbodyfat.com suggested I send you an email. I found your RFL diet on his blog, and between his inspirational posts and your easy to follow diet, I’ve just completed an 8 week run of RFL starting as a 255 lb cat 3 and ending as a 224 cat 2. I’m going to take a 2 week break, which actually falls at a great time with Memorial day, my birthday, and my daughter’s birthday, and resume as a cat 2 dieter. I just want to say thanks for developing this diet, and staying active with it with the blog and following the forums. Most diet author types might write the book, but then there is no more contact. You, on the other hand, are available and helpful. thanks.”
Scott C – Jupiter, Florida
The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook is available in a variety of formats; however this has led to some confusion. Please note that all three products including two digital files: The Home Exercise Handbook and a file titled Calculator.pdf. This file contains the login and password for the online calculator along with instructions for use and you will not be sent a separate login or password. Also note that all three book packages will show as ‘Bundles’ in your cart. The packages includes the main book, the home exercise handbook and the calculator instructions.
Finally, I offer a hardcopy/e-book bundle. With the purchase of this option, all three digital files will be available for immediate download but a hardcopy version of the Rapid Fat Loss Handbook will be shipped as well. Not only is this the most economical option available, it allows readers to get started on the program immediately but also to receive the hardcopy edition of the book. The cost of the harcopy/e-book bundle is $47.00 plus shipping/handling.
Use the buttons below to make your selection of hardcopy only, e-book only or hardcopy/e-book bundle. Again, all three packages include all three products and will appear as a “bundle” in your cart, your choice only determines which version(s) of the primary book you will recieve (hardcopy, e-book or both).
If you are confused over which version to order, please feel free to email me directly.
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Digital Only Options
The entire package of books is available in a digital only format for immediate download; the files can also be printed. I have made both packages available in either a PDF or Kindle format depending you preference. Please note that the Kindle version has only one file.
Hardcopy Book Options
The first available format is the Hardcopy package. This includes a hardcopy version of the main book that will be printed and shipped to you from my print house Vervante. This package also includes The Home Exercise Handbook and Calculator instructions which will be sent to you as a digital download. The price of the Hardcopy bundle is $37.00 plus shipping/handling.
Hardcopy + Digital Options
This package includes both the Hardcopy book that will be sent to you from Vervante as well as a digital version of all files including the main book. This allows you to start immediately but also receive a physical book. Depending on your preference you can choose either a PDF version of the digital files or a Kindle version. Please note that the Kindle version has only one file but it contains all three books: the Rapid Fat Loss Handbook, the Home Exercise Handbook and the Calculator instructions. The cost of either harcopy/e-book bundle is $47.00 plus shipping/handling.
You can also purchase the Rapid Fat Loss Handbook and A Guide to Flexible Dieting as a bundle along with online videos demonstrating the Home Exercise Programs (with fitness professional Sumi Singh) here (link will open in a new window in case you decide that bundle is not for you). Since this will be purchased from another website, it cannot be combined with any other books on this site.
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