There are two types of “The Best Thing Ever People” that bother me.
There are those people who start something new and claim it is the best thing EVER and then about two minutes in give it up and start a new thing, which will of course then become the best thing ever. Fad jumpers I call them. They jump from one bright new shiny thing to another. Constantly following what’s new and “hot.”
And then there are those people who latch on to one thing and never change. They won’t admit that there may be new research out there. They won’t admit that there are any flaws in what they are doing. They won’t accept any criticism and they condemn anyone who doesn’t follow the program as strictly as they do.
Loving what you are doing, believing in what you are doing, is great. But fanaticism isn’t. But neither is never committing and giving up the second something NEW comes out.
However, I find the second type of “best thing EVER-er” worse generally.
Fad jumpers can be super frustrating because they can complain when they don’t get results. And if you tell them that constantly jumping from thing to thing won’t ever get you results, they will say, “Of course it won’t!”
The problem is….most people don’t realize that they are doing it. They don’t realize that they never really give any program a chance to work.
Most of the fad jumpers just don’t have PATIENCE. They want results now.
However, these fad jumpers, these “Best Thing EVER-ers” aren’t near as difficult to deal with. At least most of these people are open-minded.
Whereas the other type of “best thing EVER” people aren’t open-minded at all once they choose a program to follow. And the funny part is….most of these people are also FAD JUMPERS….they just do it more slowly over the years.
Yes, some stick with one program their entire life, getting deeper and deeper into the science and beliefs. And these people aren’t near as infuriating…generally you just don’t even bring up the topic because they are so grounded in their beliefs and you, potentially, in yours.
But honestly most of the super dedicated, and MOST VOCAL, are actually secretly fad jumpers. They jump from one slightly off mainstream diet to another just, as I said before, at a much slower pace.
And the problem with these people who believe they are now doing the “best thing ever” is that they become closed-minded. They may have changed diets – done some learning and growing – but now they are done and what they are doing right then and there is now the best thing ever and anyone who doesn’t agree is wrong.
Even if the founders of the movement continue to learn and grow, these followers don’t. And sometimes the followers even condemn the leaders for their growth, saying that they are giving in or catering to more people to just make money.
It’s like time stands still once they decide on something. No more learning or growing can happen.
No new information could possibly come out that would make you want to revise your program. Because revising would be like admitting that you were WRONG!
Revising something doesn’t mean that you are admitting that you are wrong! It means you are smart enough to learn and grow! It means you really are dedicated to seeking out the best and healthiest program out there!
And what gets me is that most of these people at some point made huge jumps from one diet to another. Like I’ve seen Vegetarians jump to Paleo and then condemn anyone who doesn’t do strict Paleo when they once thought that eating meat was the worst thing you could possibly do!
I don’t get it.
While you can’t constantly jump from one thing to another, you also can’t pick something and then close your mind off to other ideas.
I know that I found some simple fundamentals through lots of self-experimentation that I will probably never change; HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I’m not constantly learning, growing and building upon those simple rules.
So now…take a look at your diet and exercise program. Are you getting results? Because if you aren’t, yet you think you’ve found the “BEST THING EVER,” you may have one of the syndromes I’ve outlined above!
So some woman lost weight doing a “Starbucks diet.”
Someone also lost weight eating Subway while another person lost weight eating only fast food.
Basically you can “lose weight” eating just about any old crap. I mean heck I could even go eat only M&Ms and frozen yogurt and even lose weight.
Losing weight on the scale is all about calories in vs. calories out. If you take in fewer calories than you consume no matter where those calories are from, you will lose weight.
BUT that doesn’t mean that you have good body composition OR are healthy.
Weight lost on the scale doesn’t mean instant good health and the body composition of your dreams!
Losing weight is easy.
Losing fat and being healthy is the difficult part.
I hate all of these articles about these fad diets because they make people associate losing weight to be “skinny” on the scale with health. When in reality, the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand.
I know many people hate the term “skinny-fat” but that is really what you become if you eat crap but maintain a weight that says you are skinny by BMI standards.
YOU AREN’T HEALTHY JUST BECAUSE YOU FIT INTO THAT SIZE 4 JEANS LADIES!
Health means eating the right stuff day in and day out regardless of what the stupid dang scale (that you should have thrown out the window by now) says.
AND if you eat the RIGHT FOODS day in and day out you will also be able to achieve optimum body composition if that is what your goal is.
Anyway, if you just want to “lose weight” go eat whatever you want.
If you actually want to be HEALTHY and change your BODY COMPOSITION, let’s talk about eating whole, natural foods and cutting out the processed, sugary crap.
So think twice before you start that fad diet…Think about whether or not “losing weight” is TRULY your goal…
- I love the Olympics. I love the Olympic trials. They make me want to go and workout and be really really good at something!
- Ross the boss has been providing me with all sort of great inspirational photos recently. (Ross the boss is also known as Monkey Knuckles haha). She more than anyone should be proud of where she is today! Right before we went paddleboarding her father told her, “Remember you aren’t a jock like those other people.” Uhm sorry Ross the boss’ pops…BUT SHE IS! She’s a heavy lifting, paddleboarding, sprinting, rowing, rock climbing!?! JOCK! AND best of all…She’s lovin’ it!
- I LIKE IT! Active at 85!
- Great deadlift workout with some of my favorite lifting ladies! Both ladies set new lifting PRs! AMAZING!
- Also, I think I’ve mentioned this at least once before…I LOVE SUMMER! Fresh, local, delicious fruit!
- I think is potentially my diet nightmare – “The Starch Solution.” I love how low-carb diets are called “fad diets” while this diet by Dr. McDougall’s isn’t considered a fad diet because it has helped thousands of people. Well, low carb diets have helped thousands of people too. And if you do the research, low-carb diets have been around for a lot longer AND helping people for a lot longer. So how are we defining fad diet here? Also this kind of sounds like a “fad diet” claim : “The Starch Solution is a groundbreaking program that will help you shed pounds, improve your health, save money, and change your life.” I am curious though what research studies this book is based on….I looked at the site but I didn’t find many studies. I found news articles, which seemed more promotional than informative. I also did find an article called “Posthumous Interview with Tim Russert.” Uhmmm….this is not PROOF that your diet is right!!!
The Simply Stupid
- OH MY GOSH! Did I really just see this!?! Diet tips from the Jersey Shore girls!?!
This isn’t really a good, bad or simply stupid thing. It is just an interesting article and the doctor cited in it was a member of the gym I work(ed) at. I especially like it because it isn’t against fat and it bashes the low-fat diet. Of course it isn’t flattering about low-carb diets either but I don’t think a Primal diet full of fruits, veggies and some non-gluten carbs would fall under what they define as a low-carb diet. Actually I wonder what their definition of “low-fat” and “low-carb” truly is…
Another random thought, do you ever see an infomercial for something and think, “That is super cool” and then right after think, “That can’t be healthy?” I saw a commercial for Slushy Magic and thought about just how amazing a slushy drink would taste during the warm summer months (or year around in sunny California!). I then thought, “But how can something that turns any liquid into slush in one minute be good for you?” I seriously wonder what is in those cubes that can turn any drink (or even yogurt) into slush in under a minute.
So yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble to get a Paleo/Primal diet book for one of my clients to read. After seeing the Crossfit games, and my long lectures, she finally decided to give the whole “caveman eating thing” a shot.
But when I got to the store I was overwhelmed by a whole lot of crap. All of the “advertised” books were fad, low-fat diets!
The book that I wanted, that they CLAIMED to have in stock was nowhere to be found.
I was overwhelmed by all of the conventional wisdom/fad diets lining the shelves.
I had the desire to run through the diet aisles knocking every book off the shelves and then sprint out of the store.
Or I wanted to grab an armful of the stupid books and throw them in the trash.
Either one would have felt really satisfying.
Of course I probably would have gotten arrested or something, but still….It would have felt good!
I didn’t do it though. Instead I managed to focus enough to find one of the HEALTHY DIET books I was looking for.
With that huge load of diet crap out there though, no wonder Americans are confused about what the right diet is!
Actually it is almost kind of depressing that we turn to brightly colored books with neon words stating “Lose 15 lbs in 2 day!” instead of just eating the foods that come naturally from the earth!
I mean honestly it is simple. Just do an experiment. Eat all the crap they recommend for 30 days and then go eat all of the natural foods that I recommend for 30 days.
Which makes you feel better? Which do you think you can maintain for longer than the 30 days?
I think I know the answer….
Actually I’ve lived the answer. Heck I used to buy diet books and read every article in all of the women’s health magazines looking for some secret new trick.
BUT IT DOESN’T EXIST!
Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Try an experiment yourself. You’ll see.
Oh and just a random side note…
While I complain about all of the crap diet books there were lining the shelves, there definitely were more Paleo/Primal/Caveman books out there than ever before.
I could make a very cynical comment about how there are now books being published about this healthy diet because there is now a market to make money off of….but I’ll keep my mouth shut.
What is next though? A Caveman Lifestyles magazine? Or maybe even a Caveman Vogue?
Hey I’m not saying I don’t get it. But I just think everyone needs to realize that everyone out there who is pushing something has an agenda.
I obviously want you to believe that eating my way and lifting heavy weights is the BEST way.
And of course it is…. 🙂