Every so often I think about professions that have it tough because of TV: Doctors, cops, teachers…you get the idea. TV adds this flare to their occupation that makes it hard for them to do their job in real life. Either they make it seem super simple to solve a crime or they have these miraculous diagnoses for patients in a nick of time so that when you go through something like it in real life, your view is jaded. It has to make a doctor’s life impossible or a detective’s job stressful dealing with folks who have outrageous expectations because every week they look at life packed up nice and neat in an one hour TV show. There’s no fuss, no muss…nothing. You have an issue, the team will solve it. You have a missing child, look—we found them! But reality is so much more different for those folks: crimes go unsolved, people get sick with things that are not always “solvable” and are sometimes fatal and the people who work there are not happy-go-lucky robots loving every minute of their jobs.
Ok, now that I have sufficiently set you up in fear as to where this article is going, let me move on and make my point. TV is to doctors as the Six O’Clock news is to fitness professionals.
I cannot watch the “healthbeat” section of any news broadcast because of the blatant misinformation and I cry any time a medical study comes out because they butcher the conclusion of the study to create a sensational news story. Let me say this right now and be very clear:
YOU CAN FIND A STUDY TO SUPPORT *ANY*–I REPEAT–*ANY* COCKAMAMIE THEORY YOU HAVE ABOUT HEALTH AND FITNESS AND A COMMERCIAL DIET TO BACK IT UP. THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT REALLY WORKS. JUST SAYIN’.
I also loathe magazines. I will not name any in particular because they are all the same to me but just know that they have to say the same thing to you month after month after month so to keep it “fresh” they begin to add twists and catches to their stories to keep you coming back. Because let’s face it, how many different ways can you “tighten” the booty or “flatten” the tummy? Although they have the right to make a living, they do it at the expense of their honesty and your health.
When it comes to general weight loss information, you can find it anywhere. In fact, it’s getting beyond old and moving into nauseating. But when it comes to crafting a beautiful body from nature’s resources (devoid of fat burners, diet shakes and pre packaged meals), the nation is severely lacking. I cannot tell you how stressful that is.
- You will find very few studies on how to lose the last five pounds or how to lift your butt up off of your ankles so you can at least walk without tripping.
- There are no studies on lean going leaner or what it takes to get rid of stretch marks and so on.
- You will not find much truth about what running REALLY does to the body or how much weight you will gain running your first marathon.
- There aren’t any resources around that are going to tell you how to lose weight the second time around and how hard it really is because we all gain at least 5 pounds back in our lifetime (I know it’s way more than that but I felt I’d ease up on the doom and gloom).
- And you definitely aren’t going to find any sites to tell you about what to do when things go wrong (you push it too far) or if you have a special issue (pcos, hypothyroid, etc).
Why? Because the mainstream media only cares about losing weight *at any cost* and having the hottest story out there. Those of us who care about losing body fat and looking good at the end are few and far between but we do exist. We are out here for sure, but we’re a lonely breed of professionals who rely more on our expertise than we do on studies because the studies just do not exist. What separates us from the others out there is what we primarily focus on: realistically looking good naked through all natural means of clean eating and supplementation for those who want the stage body without the stage.
Right now there is this new trend of running articles and information flooding the news circuit. I am going to assume it’s because the economy is bad and people have to do something. So they’ve left their gyms and took to the pavement. That’s not a bad thing and I am glad folks aren’t just lying around but what is a bad thing is the junk the media is now pumping out there about running. Here’s a news flash: it is not an effective *long* term weight loss/look good naked solution. Don’t believe the hype! We have much to talk about this but for now, just know, this is not your long term solution for keeping the weight off and making a hot body. Can it be part of it? Absolutely! But is it the answer they are toting it as? NO. And you’ll be mad as a hornet when you have to put humpty dumpty back together again after listening to their advice.
No…don’t believe the hype that you are reading out there. You aren’t crazy. These things really happen and no one is talking about them. And those that are talking, aren’t talking reality. How about we put some facts out there and have some fun while we’re doing it?
So you know that means there’s much more to come. I can’t wait. Hang tight because we will be solving some problems and answering some nagging issues that main stream media wants to ignore. I promise I won’t leave you hanging.
As always, keep it clean and keep it active. Woop woop!