I feel like I have kinda lost my edge a little bit recently. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I mean… not being quite so pissed off about everything all the time has gotta be a good thing, right? It’s hard to be pissed off when you have a successful local business, plus a successful GLOBAL business with clients on almost all of the continents following your programs and other advice and getting tremendous results. Not to mention all of the other nice people writing in with such kind words about how my articles here have helped them to get into shape, get on top of their disordered relationship with food and to be happier than they’ve been in a long time.
That’s hard to beat and it’s hard not to feel pretty damn good about myself and what I’m doing here. On the other hand though, being pissed off is kinda my thing and it’s what inspired everything you see here on Lose Weight No Bullshit dot com.
So if you guys recall I started building this site about 10 months ago and it was inspired by / in response to a few things in particular that I was pissed off about. Partly it was dodgy ass “weight loss” spam flooding tumblr and pinterest, partly it was the bad advice people were giving each other, and a big part of it was my objections to the direction a lot of people in the fitness industry were headed. Which i guess is where a lot of the previously mentioned bad information comes from as well, it just gets picked up by well meaning people, bloggers etc and further disseminated.
Now… I’m going to tell you a little bit about how “the industry” works, in case you hadn’t noticed already. Every 6 – 12 months or so there’s a change in what everyone should be doing that everyone is expected to adopt or incorporate. It spreads through the industry in much the same way as fads, trends and urban myths spread through the general public. A lot of it is down to peer pressure, to be quiet honest. Fortunately peer pressure is something I’m practically immune to, but I digress. Have a think about all of the diets, exercise strategies and fads that have come out, been touted as the answer to all of everyone’s problems, and then 6 months later “oh, nobody thinks that any more… it’s all about this now, get with the times”.
In terms of diet this is usually a rehash of the “low carb” philosophy. First it was low carb, then it was low GI only, then it was no carbs whatsoever, and then it was certain carbs are ok but others are bad, then it was “hidden sugars in foods you think are healthy choices” and so on. Absolute bollocks. None of it worked, because it was impractical to expect the average person to be able to stick to such restrictive measures, but every half a year or so it gets pushed out again with a few different stipulations to make it look like we’ve finally found the answer, again. The end result is no different from yo-yoing on and off any other style of diet… you’re training your body to run on less fuel, and to conserve and store energy.
It is no surprise then that despite however many years (or decades) of the diet and fitness industry coming out with new guidelines on exercise and nutrition, the general population has only gotten fatter and fatter. And the people who are actually in shape? They’re the ones just doing old school, old style training (various types) and eating in moderation to an amount they can utilise. Aka the stuff that I keep getting told doesn’t work any more and is tantamount to believing the world is still flat.
All of this is bad enough, but the big “clean eating” push late last year and earlier this year was the last straw for me which prompted everything that you see on this site. The sort of talk I was hearing from self appointed “leading fit pros” in terms of what every client must do and what you must also do with 100% consistency as a Fitness Professional was exactly the same sort of talk I would hear from people struggling with eating disorders, questioning every meal choice and feeling guilt and shame any time they eat something “not healthy” enough or for enjoyment.
Clearly that’s something I could never be a part of, because apart from simply being untrue and not necessary, I felt it was a harmful, damaging and dangerous idea to be promoting.
You have to keep in mind how much money there is to be made in coming out with the latest “your client must follow this protocol or they cannot lose weight” idea that you can turn into a course that all the PTs need to do to “stay current with industry trends or be left behind”. And of course it is always an “everyone must do” thing, and never a “here’s one option you might like to consider if it seems suitable for a particular client” type of thing.
My criticism is always the same. If something is “must do”, and “you can’t do it any other way” and “other approaches don’t work because only this one takes this critical aspect into account” and so forth…
- the implication that no human being in history has lost weight (or never gained weight to start with) without using this approach you just came out with, and
- you said the same thing about something else just 6 months ago!
No wonder I was pissed off.
Anyway, the good news is there is definitely a swing away from this orthorexic fad and towards more sensible, flexible and moderate approaches. It’s nice when the rest of the world finally comes around to your way of thinking.