What Ever Happened to the Meat and Potatoes of Fitness?


I’ve been reading a lot of articles from other industry professionals and just observing the people around me who are on weird diets (what’s new?) and trying out bizarre ways to get fit.

What has sparked this post is the idea of fitness and nutrition not being a simple matter anymore and the confusion that this must be causing to the exerciser that is brand new to fitness.

Case in point: I read an article the other day that proudly asserted that cardio is a health risk and will MAKE YOU FAT! Cardio…will make you fat. I think I repeated this to myself all day like some kind of deranged mantra in between the ol’ *facepalm.*

Furthermore, I was recently interviewed for a magazine and when I read the copy, prior to its publication, I was misquoted. I told my interviewer that I had lost weight through running, and had toned up with weights, after the fact. This, apparently didn’t suit his objective and quoted me saying that weight lifting will make you lose and maintain weight. Which by the way is not untrue, it’s just not how I entered into the fitness industry.

I love to run and my activities are very cardio based. Hell, I love cardio and I’m an example of someone who it worked for…All on its own.

Let’s touch base on nutrition here:

It’s not hard. It’s not complex. It’s common sense. Eat sensible, smaller portions. Stop eating when you are full and don’t deprive yourself. Eat junk food like there’s no tomorrow once in a while but don’t make a habit of it. Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. Avoid fried food.

There’s my nutrition advice in about 100 words. However, it’s really beginning to irk me that fitness pros are complicating what should really be a simple science. Instead of saying, don’t eat junk food they are telling clients to avoid eating bread. Seriously? It just seems to me that instead of telling people to not eat things like bread and then offering detailed explanations about how gluten will make you bloated or fart, despite most people never having these sensitivities, the industry should stick to the real, practical advise for the everyday person.

Look, I’m not a fitness model or a former athlete. I lost 50 pounds eight years ago and my weight hasn’t fluctuated more than 5 lbs either way since. I don’t live for fitness and nutrition, I use it to help me live a healthy and strong existence.

I’m not going to hang you from cables, I’m not going to put you on an expensive, whacky diet. You’ll work out hard, eat normally and see results.


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