Maybe you’ve seen it in your friends – they will try the latest diet craze – low carb, low fat, low calorie, whatever it may be – and it seems like no matter what they do, as soon as they finish the diet they gain all of their weight back?
SOURCE: Sturm, R., J. Ringel, and T. Andreyeva, “Increasing Obesity Rates and Disability Trends,” Health Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 2, March/April 2004, pp. 1–7
I mean, it’s well documented in government literature what the best guidelines for healthy eating and living are…it’s not like people don’t know what to eat and how to live to be healthy…right?
And yet, more people than ever before in human history are obese, and not only that, the GROWTH rate for obesity is continuing to increase. So not only are we getting fatter, but the RATE at which we are getting fatter is increasing as well.
It seems to me like the current “mainstream” nutritional and health guidelines are…well, misguided. I mean, if they were correct, wouldn’t we all be a healthy, happy population? Wouldn’t this obesity epidemic not even exist?
Albert Einstein (a very smart man, I might add) once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
And yet here we are, doing exactly just that – following guidelines that continue to only produce an unhealthy, obese population, expecting them to provide us with a different result.
How many miles do we run (only to find ourselves exhausted and in physical pain, rather than with less of a gut?)
How many “burn fat in just 5 minutes a day” infomercials can we watch? How many fat loss pills, gimmicks, and gizmos can we buy?
If I were a cynic, I would just chalk up our losing obesity battle as a hopeless state of affairs and move on with my life. Fortunately, I’m not a cynic. Instead of just accepting things as they are, that fat loss is just a matter of counting calories, hours and hours of cardio, and eating whole grains, I spent the last 10 years learning the real truth about fat loss. I’ve worked with over 750 clients, read over 600 books, research papers and scientific journals, and spent over 10,000 hours working, learning, and researching how to become as healthy as possible, in the trenches.
And I’ve discovered that the majority of weight loss information that is out there isn’t just making you fat – it’s KILLING you.
You need to forget everything that you think you know about diet, health, fitness, and fat loss and have an open mind to what you are about to read.
Because if you’re attached to the idea that fat loss is simply a matter of calories in vs. calories out, or that saturated fat is going to give you a heart attack, then you may be surprised by what I have to say.
If you’re skeptical, I understand. I was too when I first started my research into true health. I walked across the stage at my University graduation thinking that I knew everything there was to know about fitness, nutrition, and health. Of course – I didn’t know anything. I was just a representative of the processed food industry. If you wanted my diet and nutrition recommendations, I’d just point you to the USDA’s website to get you familiar with their food guide pyramid. I’d tell you that eating according to that guide would take you on the path to better health.
And, as horrendous as my dietary recommendations were, my approach to personal training may have been worse. I promised to give my clients speedy fat loss, and instead gave them, well, cardio. Each week, clients were commanded to come in and burn as many as 7,000 calories on their cardio machine of choice.
Not only was all of that cardio brutal and inhumane, it was just… Read more…