I came across this excellent blog post at t-nation. I'll post the whole thing here so everyone can gain from it (I deleted the shameless plug though
The women's fitness magazine said to eat cereal with skim milk and whole grain toast.
Danielle chose to eat whole eggs and drink low-carb protein shakes.
The TV weight loss show said to eat at Subway.
Danielle chose to eat at steakhouses.
The trainer said to walk on the treadmill and stay in the "fat burning zone."
Danielle lifted barbells and ran up hills...
And Danielle got lean and hard, fast.
I wonder how the cereal-eaters, sandwich-junkies, and treadmill-walkers did?
My guess is not that great.
There's a big disconnect these days between the advice you hear in the popular media and what actually works in the real world.
Well, we could get conspiratorial here. We could talk about how government subsidies basically created things like high-fructose corn syrup (most corn produced in the US goes toward making HFCS rather than corn on the cob.)
Do you think government agencies and dieticians are going to tell you to avoid grains? Do you think they're going to ever waver from their antiquated and dead-wrong low-fat stance? No, because it's not about health and fitness to them; it's about power and politics.
We could also follow the money and look at how cereal and processed "health" food advertisers keep the fitness magazines alive. Think you're going to see a truthful article about eating cereal in one of those rags?
(Here, I'll write the whole article right now:
The Truth About Breakfast Cereal, by Chris Shugart
"It all sucks. Don't eat it. Any of it. The end."
I'm sure Shape or Prevention will publish that next month. Stay tuned.)
We could also discuss how Subway pays the Biggest Loser people millions to push their high-carb breads and processed meats. Or about how Gatorade, whose main ingredient besides water is HFCS in their bottled drinks, sponsors just about every fitness and athletic-related conference there is, which should make you question the info on carbohydrates you get there.
All that stuff is important to know, but I think there's something else to consider here too: the magazines, the TV shows, the newspapers, and most websites are simply not writing for you.
Who are "you?"
Well, I assume that since you're here at Velocity Life, you're wanting to build a great body through a combination of fat loss and muscle gain. You want to feel energetic, get strong, and be able to perform like an athlete. You want to look good naked and live a long-ass time.
In other words, you want to be a lot more than just "not fat" as I wrote recently in my LiveSpill.
The average magazine and TV consumer isn't necessarily seeking those same goals. Sure, they'll give lip service to those goals, but they're typically not willing to do what it takes to achieve them. No, they want the easy way out, the sacrifice-free method of long-term fat loss.
And guess what? It doesn't exist.
Seriously dedicated people don't look for the "best" cereal; they forgo all cereals.
Dedicated people don't eat at Subway. They seldom rely on others -- especially fast food chains and processed food makers -- to provide nutrition for them. They cook their own foods.
People who are serious about making changes in their bodies and their lives don't do lame fitness magazine workout programs. Instead they go to the gym and bleed intensity.
In short, they don't do the things that people seeking only to be "not that fat" do. Their goals do not end at having an average body or an average life. They seek something greater, something more.
Danielle looks and feels great because she read the fitness magazines, watched the TV weight loss shows, and then did the opposite.
Are you ready to do the same?