In part one of this series, I discussed some of the common yet easily avoidable mistakes I see a lot of people making when it comes to dieting and their endeavors to get/remain lean.
In this second installment, I’m going to lay down another three damaging errors that self-proclaimed “fitness freaks” commit regularly which are such a simple Google search away from being fixed I don’t really understand how they occur in the volume they do.
4. “Natural” Doesn’t Mean It’s Good
The term “natural” yields a huge amount of power for savvy marketers whose job it is to sell fattening foods and/or general health products. The typical glutton who goes to great lengths to evade the responsibility of connecting results to their actions will blindly and happily accept that a particular (often sugar-packed) food or health product is absolutely fine to consume without restriction because it’s packaging makes a lot of noise about it being “all-natural”. The point here is that just because something is “natural”, doesn’t mean it’s automatically good for you and/or beneficial to your health or weight loss.
A perfect example of this is fruit juice, in which the packaging will almost always boast that it’s “all natural” and has “no added sugar”. Now the problem isn’t the validity of these claims, as they are generally always true. Rather if you’re concerned about your body fat percentage, stop paying attention to how “natural” it is or is not and look at the fucking sugar content.
If you want to successfully get lean, stop trying to ignore or brush aside inconvenient facts, the one here being that a glass of OJ is the sugar equivalent of eating four-to-five oranges. Natural or not, it’s still sugar and you’re still gonna get fat if you consume it in excess, regardless of how many times you rationalize to yourself that it’s “natural” and “healthy” and refuse to accept that your morning juice is most likely to blame for that fat around your mid section that refuses to fuck off, not your genetics.
5. The Food Pyramid
I’ve made this point before and I’ll make it again. The general consensus is responsible for the current physical state of the general public, and a simple representation of this consensus is the food pyramid.
Most nutrition “experts” get so caught up in defending the dogma they paid thousands of dollars to learn, they disregard real world applications and results of their knowledge as a mere inconvenience that comes with the job of defending these ineffective but widely accepted theories.
If you want your body to function, perform and look awesome; you are certainly not entitled to 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta per day, and for fuck sake please don’t go eating more fruit than you do meat.
Rather, meat and green vegetables should be at the bottom with the label “consume plentifully”, and grains, cereals and wheat don’t really deserve a mention at all, unless you’re on CKD.
Not only will it be more enjoyable, but eating as much meat, eggs and green vegetables until you’re satiated will bring forth a version of yourself that is a leaner, stronger, more intelligent and awesome in general than your carb-bloated counter part.
Don’t let an overweight, brainwashed “expert” tell you how you should eat because they paid 5 figures for a certificate on their wall. Unless they have REAL WORLD PROOF of their advice (aren’t a fat fuck and have clients who demonstrate drastic results) most of ’em are trained to push the same nonsense advice that is void of results and funded by bureaucrats who have economic interests in that advice becoming general knowledge (see below).
Fun fact from Wikipedia:”The most widely known food pyramid was introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture in the year 1992, was updated in 2005, and then replaced in 2011. Over 25 other countries and organizations have also published food pyramids.”
Wait a minute, so the Department of Agriculture are encouraging the general public to eat “plentiful” servings of agricultural products? I guess it must be for no reason other than their overall benevolence toward the public and has nothing to do with the fact that they need to make money to survive like the rest of us.
The point: People who are in positions of power are cool with fucking you over to make money, and will pretend they have your best interests at heart in order to do so.
You can blindly worship the authorities and media as an entity with super-human knowledge and die of a heart attack at 45, or wake up and make it your mission to go out and seek knowledge for yourself based on unbiased facts, regardless of how confronting or inconvenient these facts are.
Learn how to consume carbohydrates in a way that is beneficial toward your goals, and depending on what they are this doesn’t mean you necessarily need to cut them out of your diet altogether. But it does mean completely ignoring the food pyramid and every dickhead spouting the associated nonsense with their entire argument resting on the authority of governmental institutions, disregarding their implications in reality.
6. Pill/Product Based Diet
As I mentioned above, a lot of people are cool with fucking you over in order to make money, that’s just the way the world is. Government-sponsored advice aside, there are a tonne of companies out there that promote their products as a magic pill and make bank from the people who are unwilling to gain the sufficient knowledge or put in the work required to achieve their goals.
This is a very effective way to market to people, as most lazy fuckers will try almost anything if it means they get results with minimal effort, and in my opinion, if you succumb to the temptation to follow advice blindly without doing your due diligence, these companies deserve your money.
The message I preach to you all is that dieting/training doesn’t really need to be overly complicated or difficult (once you’ve built up a little self-control, it’s easy as shit) and you definitely shouldn’t be relying on “magic” products or pills as your foundation for weight loss and/or strength gains.
Think of these products as spice on the steak, not the steak itself. Once you’ve got the basics down (diet and training), you can try a fat burner or a certain test-booster to enhance your progress, but by themselves they aren’t worth shit. You cannot sit on your ass all day eating McDonalds and pizza and expect to make progress simply because you took a new “magic” weight loss product. No, you’re just a sucker for a decent marketer and you’re abs will forever remain hidden underneath a blanket of jiggly fat until you learn what you need to be doing and go out and get it done.
You know what’s better than any magic weight loss product, pill or steroids?
Discipline and a strong mind.
When you get to the point where you have complete confidence in you’re ability to achieve your goals and do what is necessary every single day, then you wont even pay attention to said advertisements for any reason other than for the lols that people are lazy/stupid enough to fall for them.
To wrap this up, remember that getting lean is simple, and only requires you to practice consistent application of proven principles.
Getting started is where it’s difficult, but after you get going and your form the necessary habits things get real easy and you see just how simple it is to continue making steady progress.
Until next time,