Since Atkins is dead, and I am loathe to make fun of the departed, I bring you a new object of scorn and ridicule. I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, Screech (a.k.a. Dustin Diamond). This Z-list former child star made an appearance on last season’s Celebrity Fit Club. Yes, I know, I know, why am I watching this mind rotting drivel. But bear with me.
Screech spouted some of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard about weight loss in my life- sadly they weren’t anything new. There are lots of people who buy into the Screech philosophy of weight loss. And that buy-in is why so many spend their lives losing and gaining weight in that vicious yo-yo cycle.
Here is some common weight loss B.S.
1. I don’t need cardiovascular and resistance training, I can just take some (insert weight loss drug here) and I will get slim.
Well, while you might get slim, you won’t get healthy. Health is the result of a good regimen of exercise and proper diet. What you will get from following B.S. advice #1 is fat. You’ll get fat as soon as you stop wasting $40 bucks a month for those possibly dangerous weight loss pills. But I guess that is better compared with the health effects of taking one of those fat loss supplements for far too long.
Don’t just aim for weight loss at all costs. Aim for good health!
I just have to cut calories and I can lose weight.
It is a really simple equation, take in less calories than you burn and you will lose weight. But once again, it doesn’t mean you will be healthy. You can lose weight eating nothing but refried bacon, but it wouldn’t be a good idea. Focus on a balanced diet that allows you to consume less calories than you need during any given day.
While you can lose weight on a diet of pizza and lard, it isn’t a good idea. Trust me, I tried it in college.
I am healthy where I am, I don’t need to lose weight.
You may be, you may not be. You don’t know. So start exercising and eating healthy. If you stay the same weight then chances are you were right. But until you hit the gym or the pavement (or both) you won’t know. Bottom line is that weight is often an over-rated indicator of health. Instead look at the measurement of your waist, heck, look at your belly. Does it hang over your belt?
Bottom line, start living a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a balanced diet. See where it goes from there.