20 Dec Drown Less and Swim More
I am open enough to say that I am new to this weight loss game as I have spent most of my working life training people who range from Elite Olympic Athletes to Returning War Veteran’s as well as your everyday mum and dad looking to live a happier and healthier life.
I have come from a Bachelors Degree in Exercise science as well as a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and I spouted the same mantra that the fitness industry has continued to do so for nearly 50 years, and that is…
“MOVE MORE, EAT LESS”
I want to make a little caveat at this time before I move any further forward and that is to say, what you eat and how much you eat matters, Calories In Vs. Calories Out is still the gold standard for weight loss, being overweight is never a healthy option and I will never accept the excuse, “I have no time” to take your health seriously.
You cannot get away from the fact that we have continued to eat more and more processed and calorically not nutritionally dense food over the past 50 years.
We have also moved less, as our jobs have headed away from labour-based work and into the office spaces, which are the modern day version of the manufacturing plants of the industrial revolution.
Now, onto my original point and that is to say that with everything I just mentioned above we as a nation and around the developed world have continued to pack on the weight in record numbers and continued to do so despite having access to more information than ever.
So why then do we continue to yell at the top of our voice to the obese and overweight community to MOVE MORE and EAT LESS when it clearly doesn’t work!
I saw a great meme the other day and it read…
“Would you tell a person who couldn’t swim to Drown Less and Swim More?
OF COURSE NOT!
Why? Because swimming is a complex skill that has a multitude of different aspects to it that contribute to its overall success and no amount of yelling to someone drowning to swim more and drown less will change that.
This is exactly what it sounds like to someone who is obese when we say Move More and Eat Less and yet day in and day out we continue to cram this message down their throats and think it will solve the problem
TV Shows, to Instagram Influencers and so-called “Motivational Speaker” all, play their part in using the very same message of Move More and Eat Less.
For fear of being sued for deformation, I won’t mention the name of such shows, however, you all know the show or are at least are aware that it. The show that takes 10 or more very overweight individuals sticks them in a camp and restricts their food to very low levels (except when they need to tempt them with their favourite food, just so the trainer can fat shame them on national TV and punish them with another vomit inducing workout).
Have them train at ridiculously high levels with loud and obnoxious trainers that have little regard to implementing a tailored program, but instead are more concerned about making the participant vomit or cry as this will be a great video bit to put on the TV commercial for next weeks episode.
As well as a bunch of suits and TV producers that are more concerned about ratings than educating each of the participants on how to sustainably lose weight and keep it off once they return to the “real” world where life will continue to throw its usual curve balls and halt their progress in its tracks and see them pile the weight back on.
I am ashamed to say that I have looked into this industry over the past 15 years of my career and had the very same outlook. I had thought that the obese and overweight community are just lazy, gluttonous and self-absorbed people who don’t care about their health or are just too lazy to care and are happy for the healthy community to pick up the bill for their slothful ways.
However as my sister’s weight continued to balloon and my parent’s calls became more frequent to ask what am I going to do to help her I began to think to myself that maybe we should stop putting the blame solely on this community and take a look at ourselves and start asking “WHY” they continue to struggle with their weight rather than continuing to ask “WHAT” are they going to do about it.
Side note…. I am pleased to say we answered this question in my sister’s journey and she is well on her way to living a long and healthy life through our Start Late, Stay Light Program.
All diets and I mean ALL, have you eat less while using their little tagline to sell you why their method will be the reason their diet is the last diet you will ever need to go on. (That goes for my Start Late, Stay Light Method as well) However the difference between all of them and the Start Late, Stay Light method lies in the fact that they all fundamentally try to change who you are and what you love doing.
I constantly use the analogy of the electric car when talking about the weight loss industry. The reason the electric car is doomed to fail, unless the current technology improves that is, is because it changes how we go about our lives too much and we as humans HATE change.
Let me explain….
If you wanted to drive to Sydney from Melbourne (to all you international readers that is around 1000km) and were to do this in an electric car it would take you two days or possibly more. Electric cars need to be charged up overnight when the batteries are depleted, unlike a petrol car that can be pulled into a gas station, filled up and be on your way again in less than 10mins.
This is completely impractical and in a world where time is our most valuable asset it becomes far too wasteful and in turn makes the electric car useless for any trip that isn’t just ducking down to the shops to collect milk and bread.
I feel this is the same for most weight loss programs in that they all advocate eliminating an item of food or restricting your eating so much that it is inevitable that at some point the little voice in your head has you cracking and going back to your old ways.
I say all this, but so what… What is the answer Adam?
I will be honest again and say “I DON’T KNOW”
Which is uncommon to say for people in my industry as EVERYONE proclaims to be the expert in weight loss and that they have the answer to ever lasting weight loss and longevity of health. If that were the case then we wouldn’t have over 50% of the population being overweight or obese!
What I do know is this…
We must stop using this outdated and age old saying of MOVE MORE, EAT LESS, as it clearly doesn’t work. Instead, begin to work on ways that address the real reason to why the obese community is overweight and struggling to lose weight.
I hope to bring more articles on this topic in the near future that will hopefully begin to pose some real world suggestions that could have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of the growing number of obese individuals in our community.
Stop your fat shaming and finger pointing and instead ask how can you help. Who knows, that obese woman you just took a photo of to post to your instagram and laugh about could have benefited from the simple act of a friendly smile which put her on the right path to changing her life.
Start Late, Stay Light was solely developed to help my sister take control of her growing weight and to take back her life. I am so proud to say that she is well on her way, now having lost half of the weight we set out to lose in the beginning.
There is still a long way to go, however I am 100% sure we will get there in the end and she will be best Auntie to my gorgeous daughter Amelia for many more years to come.
If you want to learn more about this revolutionary program click here and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
I wish you luck on your journey and will be happy to lend a helping hand should you have any question that I might be able to answer for you.
I won’t give you any bullshit sales pitch or fluffy answers, I will tell it to you straight and have you asking the right questions so that I can give you the best answer you need to hear.
Have a wonderful day