K.I.S.S. {And Don’t Believe the Hype}

 

I mentioned the other week that I recently recorded a podcast with Adam Bate for his Lifestyle Accountability show (it airs April 19th—I’ll send a link closer to the time).

One of the questions he asked really stuck with me. (I’m paraphrasing) – “How do I decipher all the noise in the health & wellness industry?” Oh how I loved that question. I could have ranted the entire show just on that one question!

The thing is……….. I don’t really know if I’m successful at weeding out the bullshit. There’s so much of it at any one given time! And it comes in droves (especially as we get closer to summer! i.e. “bikini season”). And everyone thinks they’re right. Everything is the latest and greatest, and if you’re not on board you’re missing out.

Folks—if this frustrates me, I can’t imagine how it frustrates those who are just beginning their wellness journey.

In the 18 years I’ve been lifting, I’ve watched fitness & diet crazes come and go. Atkins diet, Southbeach Diet, Zone Diet………… Step Aerobics, Thigh Master, Tae Bo……………..

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Now I’m watching things like Paleo, Gluten-Free, Shaklee, Yoli, P90X, Crossfit, and Insanity run their course.

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Even something as simple as natural peanut butter…………… When I first started eating natural peanut butter, there was maybe one brand available in supermarkets. And the purpose of natural peanut butter was that the one and only ingredient was PEANUTS!

Fast forward to today. Just the other day I was shopping and needed to pick up some more PB. There was NO SHORTAGE of “natural” peanut butter on the shelves.  I grabbed a jar of Skippy out of curiosity, turned the jar around, and what to my dismay……..

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Sugar, Palm Oil, & Salt…………. “technically” still natural, but NOT the way natural peanut butter was intended to start out. I feel like every fitness or diet trend generally starts out with good intentions, but the waters get muddied the more popular they become.

 

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have all the answers (clearly I don’t), but I will say that part of my answer during the webcast on how I weed through things is K.I.S.S.

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Keep it simple friends. Take any diet or fitness fad/trend, whatever you want to call it, and the pure foundation of each and every one remains the same—eat right, strength train, and cardio vascular activity.

The amounts, intensity, and length of time will vary by the individual. And THAT is what makes it a journey. THAT is what you learn through your own trial and error. There is no quick fix. There is no “one” answer or program that will work right for everyone.

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Keep it simple. Those are my only words of advice.

  • Keep it Simple
  • Lead By Example for your loved ones
  • Take Baby Steps on your journey

You won’t see me plugging diet trends, detoxes, cleanses, fitness trends, etc. etc. As great as that would be for my page views and acceptance in the world of healthy living blogs, the above stated bullet points are my only advice.

Along the way, you’ll hear me talk about lifting weights. You’ll hear about my attempt at calling myself a runner. ;-) You’ll see foods that I like to eat that are fairly good for you—AND actually taste good! I’m sharing with you what I find enjoyable and what works for me, but as I said we’re all different. I know this journey can be a frustrating one, but stay the course, and keep it simple.

And in the great words of Public Enemy—Don’t Believe the Hype. :)

 

And if you’re bored at work, and want to find out which 90’s Fitness Craze you should try—check out this quiz:

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What result did you get from the quiz? I got step aerobics! :)

Comments

  1. I have read every single diet book under the sun, not because I have ever wanted to lose weight, but just because I have always been curious as to what people are promoting, plus it’s research for me because I am constantly studying nutrition and right now I am earning my certification.

    And my quiz results: step aerobics!
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  2. :) I get your point…but just because something all of a sudden becomes popular after existing for over ten years, doesn’t make a fad. “#crossfit ” :-P

    CrossFit’s been around a long time, long enough to make it not a fad. Now it’s just popping up all over the place like McDonald’s, and the key is to find a reputable gym with respectable coaches with a solid foundation of proper movement technique. It’s sad the douchebags are giving it a bad rep.

    • We can agree to disagree. :)

      The foundation of crossfit (which has only been around since 2000) is based on Olympic weight lifting (which has been around since since the 1890′s) The first Olympic Weight lifing competition consisted of two exercises – the Snatch, and the Clean & Jerk– sound familiar? Crossfit is not original. It’s based on principals that have been around long before people thought it was cool to lift weights. I can get the same workout in my $10/month gym without needing to learn kewl acronyms and over paying for a “box”.

      Which is what I mean by Keep It Simple.
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      • You just solidified my point that it’s not a fad.

        And sure, you can get the same workout in your $10/mo gym and likely, no gym at all. There’s pros and cons to that.

        People do what works for them. If someone finds value in over paying for a gym, so be it, what’s it to your wallet? And vice versa.

        “Keep it simple” can mean different things for different people…for me, no machines is simple. Some barbells, plates, bands, boxes, kettlebells is simple. Throw in some complicated machines you gotta strap your self into abd looks like it could launch you into putter space-not so much.

        • Totally agree with you about machines. I’ve never liked them. Free weights for me all the way!

          I didn’t solidify your point though. I proved its copy catting off something that’s been around way longer. They just put a creative spin on what weight lifters have been doing for ages and ages.

          Tae Bo– what do you think of it? Fad? Its technically still around too.
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          • And perhaps I should clarify– if that’s what works for someone– that’s awesome! And I love when folks are passionate their own aspect of health and wellness! But I want my readers to know its *okay* to not rush out and try the latest workout, the latest diet, the latest *insert whatever you like *. Its OKAY to stick with the basics– there’s a reason why the basics are still around and are being mimicked. Perhaps I should have clarified more.
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  3. I’ve always kept it simple. I had too much to do with my time so running was perfect for me. I don’t need much equipment other than shoes, and can do that anytime and most any place.

    I’m the quiz outlier as I don’t want to lose weight, lol!

    I miss high impact aerobics! That was a great fun workout.

  4. you are a runner! (: Can I try that 90′s Fitness Fad in that picture? love it (:
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