My weight was long-term (years) stable at about 10lbs over where I wanted it to be, I’m happy with my exercise programming, and had no interest in changing my diet.
Here is how I dropped 15lbs in 3 weeks by watching Netflix:
Using a soaking tub (cheap, plastic, stuffed into a shower stall) that I could sit in with my shoulders submerged (head and hands out of the water) and a bath thermometer, fill tub with water between 70 and 75deg F (this is a little under the halfway point on the temperature dial in my shower, NOT the coldest it can get).
Sit in tub, watch full episode (or two!) of some miniseries, or a movie. If thermometer goes over 75, pause movie, drain some water, fill with cold water until temperature is back in the desired range.
Repeat often, for me, this was about 4-5x a week.
Do not change diet at all (don’t add calories!), and do not do this before a meal as it may provoke overeating. I did it before going to bed, then woke up and had my usual breakfast, never felt the urge to overeat at mealtimes.
My starting weight and finishing weight were fifteen pounds different. Two months after the end of the effort, I’m at my goal weight, which is ~10 lbs under my starting weight, and definitely look leaner.
My rationale for this is that hypothermia is a thing that kills people in ‘survival situations’, and probably killed a ton of primitive humans, therefore, ‘staying warm’ is a core thing that your body does. I know that when you’re at sea in a lifejacket, if the water is 69 degrees or less, you die of hypothermia in 24 hours. So I figured 70 degrees is probably the point where the body is generating as much heat as it can, without falling behind and failing to preserve core temperature.
Getting in the water feels pretty awful every single time, and the tv distracts from the boredom of just sitting in a tub. The only vague bit of discipline was setting the rule for myself ‘if I’m watching TV, I’m sitting in the bucket’. The hardest part was finding stuff to watch, I hate TV and wasn’t willing to take a book or game controller into the water.
From the perspective of ‘if this works so well, why haven’t I heard of it’, I think the reason is that as a business model, this plan is garbage. The equipment is stuff you buy once for less than $100 and can use forever, plus all the items are in a category where the affiliate fees are crap. If you wanted to make money off people trying to lose weight, you’re better off selling a subscription to a video program, pills that people buy every month, or a big expensive piece of equipment. Anyone in the weight loss industry who tried to market this plan, would probably not end up with a successful business at the end of it.
Hopefully someone else gets something out of this.
Also, since I don’t post too often, big thank you to t-nation, I’ve never gotten DOMS after a Plazma-fueled workout, no matter what I do. I’m not that fit, but I can’t imagine how bad things would be if I hadn’t found this site. Mods please move this to a different forum if this is the wrong place.