Who gets paid to write this shit? (Excuse the language)

Seriously who the heck pays stupid people to write stupid articles that only serve to further mislead the public about diet and exercise?


I had another post planned for today, but when Francine posted a link to my wall called “10 Fitness Facts that Everyone Gets Wrong” and said, “OMG WHO WROTE THIS? THEY SHOULD BE JAILED,” I felt the need to read and RANT about it.

I first started reading the article and thought, “Ok I don’t like how this guy words stuff, but I see his point.”

I mean, no you don’t have to train hard to see your abs. You can have the strongest abs in the world, but if you eat too much and store excess fat, you will never see them. Dieting really is key to getting six-pack abs.

I also saw his point about the point of exercising NOT being about burning calories. Exercise should be used to get in better physical shape. Diet is truly at least 80% of the weight loss battle.

But that is where my agreement with him ended and my temper rose exponentially.

He next claims that “weightlifting is an effective fat loss strategy” is false. He says that it pales in comparison to cardio when it comes to calorie burn.


Here is a link (Fat Loss Wars: Cardio vs. Weight Training) about how good weightlifting is for fat loss (this article also disproves a few of his other points). Even his own site refutes him. I found another article on Askmen.com called “Weightlifting for Fat Loss” that states:

Choosing to abandon your weight-lifting program when it’s time to cut fat is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, so be sure you don’t commit this progress-damaging error.

Below are a few points from his article that I would also like to dispute:

  • He states that “Weightlifting does burn calories, but when compared to hard aerobic training, it pales.” While that is true if you only consider calories burned while you are working out, it is false when you consider OVERALL calorie burn. Here is a quote from Women’s Health proving that weightlifting is great if you want to burn calories and torch fat: “Though cardio burns more calories than strength training during those 30 sweaty minutes, pumping iron slashes more overall. A study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who completed an hour-long strength-training workout burned an average of 100 more calories in the 24 hours afterward than they did when they hadn’t lifted weights. At three sessions a week, that’s 15,600 calories a year, or about four and a half pounds of fat—without having to move a muscle.”
  • The author of this horrendous article then states later, “as you improve physical fitness, your body begins to operate more efficiently so that you burn fewer calories while at rest and during exercise. While this is true, it is easy to keep challenging yourself so that you keep your body burning more calories. Here is another quote from Women’s Health again explaining how important weights are to burning calories and fat: “What’s more, increasing that afterburn is as easy as upping the weight on your bar. In a study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, women burned nearly twice as many calories in the two hours after their workout when they lifted 85 percent of their max load for eight reps than when they did more reps (15) at a lower weight (45 percent of their max). (This is also proof that women should lift heavy weights!!!!)
  • He also has the audacity to state that low carb diets aren’t an effective weight loss tool. UHM WHAT!?! Has he ever seen Marks Daily Apple? There are about six million success stories on there that prove just how great for you a low carb diet is!
  • And then he goes on to state, ” I know that some experience weight-loss success with this approach (low-carb), but I consider this diet as a last resort for the lazy.” WHAT!?! How is someone doing something healthy lazy? Just explain how a low-carb diet is lazy?!?!?!
  • And the last point I would like to rant about is his comment that low-carb diets “restrict the good carbs that are essential for exercise performance, the ones that can be quite satiating and contain valuable nutrients.” Uhm no. I’m sorry low-fat diets restrict way more nutrients than low-carb diets. I eat ten bazillion more vegetables and fruits on Primal than I ever did on any other diet. I mean on a diet where you aren’t allowed grains, rice or legumes where else are you going to get calories from but nutritious fruits and vegetables!?!? All low-carb diets do is cut out the crap.
I can literally rant all day about how awful this article is. No wonder a majority of our population is so confused about what is right when it comes to diet and exercise!
Ok one last thing… why is there no author listed with credentials? Hmmm…
Thank you Francine for encouraging this wonderful rant! 🙂

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Benefits of doing "man" exercises, Conventional Wisdom - How I hate you, Uhm? and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I was likewise pissed off at that article. My metabolism is kinda ridiculous because of heavy lifting! And I tend to stay pretty lean as long as I avoid massive carb intake (uhhhh…see also: the entire month of December…)

    • I know! If you don’t eat a high carb diet you don’t have to be calorie obsessed!!! The author honestly must be a high carb eater and a long distance runner…no offense to long distance runners…but based on what he wrote….he must be!

  2. new reader….love your site! i also loathe articles like this… and have recently discovered the fat-burning potential of lifting really heavy. love it!

    Nice rant!

  3. People need to start to realize that body composition is what is important. Just because someone is skinny and weighs 130lbs doesn’t mean they are healthy, they could have
    25 percent body fat, means they are unhealthy, even tho they are at a healthy weight. You can weigh 250lbs but if your body composition is low say 10 percent body fat then you are healthy. Fat Mass to Muscle Mass is what is important. If people start to think of getting in shape that way, then we will all be stronger, happier, and less stressed out about how much we weigh and how much calories we burn.

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