This has been a “great month” for those who are obese. First they get the great news from the American Medical Association that its really not their fault they are obese because they have a disease. Then Yahoo tells them that they can stop doing their cardio too! Its no wonder we have an obesity epidemic!
During the cold war , “Experts” told navy personnel it was safe to enter the nuclear test site at the Bikini islands just hours after the atom bomb was exploded … and thousands died from cancer. OK, you don’t have to ignore the experts but when you listen to them, dont turn off your brain – apply your own common sense. Lets look at my latest pillow-scream article from weight loss “expert” Jim Karas on yahoo making the idiotic claim that “Your cardio routine is making you fat“. This weight loss “expert” is not a doctor, a dietician, nor an athlete – this expert is a best selling author with a degree in business. Already the red flags should be popping up in your mind. Hmm, a best selling author telling us how to lose weight. The best way to make lots of money is to tell people what they want to hear. Tell people that there are shortcuts to sixpack abs and tell them that doing cardio is a waste of time and you will make millions selling your books. Lets look at some facts. According to the American Heart Association, one of the most important things you can do to improve your health is the following:
Best selling author and self proclaimed health expert Jim Karas is being very irresponsible by telling people to skip their cardio. As a matter of fact, I think Jim Karas needs to be right below sixpackshortcuts in my fitness hall of shame.
Here is the truth, virtually all diets work in the short term – Atkins, low carb, keto, grapefruit, you name it – they all work … but only short term. Any time you maintain a caloric deficit you will lose weight. There are two questions though, is the weight loss fat or muscle and how healthy is the diet? The low carb, high fat diets are notorious for causing gastric problems because of their lack of fiber. Fad diets are often horrible nutritionally. The other problem is that all these diets fail in the longer term because when you go ON them you lose weight and when you go OFF them you gain the weight back.
The one and only way that you can remove fat and keep it off long term is with lifestyle changes!
The great news though is that to lose weight, the lifestyle changes required are much smaller than people fear. In fact, most people trying to lose weight fail because they work too hard at it! They drastically cut the calories and go on death-marches. Not surprisingly this style torture is not maintainable and fails within a few weeks. Small lifestyle are all it takes to lose weight and keep it off.
- Making a few healthy substitutions during the day.
- Eating rather than drinking calories.
- Walking just 20-30 minutes a day.
- Drinking lots of water.
- Doing three twenty minute resistance training workouts a week.
- experiment and find some vegetables you like.
These small lifestyle changes are all it takes to lose weight and keep it off BUT it takes time, a lot of it. Those pounds were added over years and years and it will take time to remove them. If you are over 350 pounds then maybe count on losing weight at the rate of two pounds a week with these changes. If you are under 250 pounds then a pound a week is all you can count on losing BUT you will lose it!
This has been a “great month” for those who are obese. First they get the great news from the American Medical Association that its really not their fault they are obese because they have a disease. Then Yahoo goes tells them that they can stop doing their cardio too! Its no wonder we have an obesity epidemic. Kids learn about nutrition from TV ads rather than at school. We are a country that would rather spend $30,000 on a gastric bypass operation than nutrition classes in school, bike paths for transportation, civic lap pools for exercise, and after school athletic programs for youth.
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