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“Have you tried the (insert name here) diet?”

You know what I’m talking about. Paleo, South Beach, Atkins; if it’s got a marketable name then it’s a Fad diet. I get that question all the time along with, “Have you tried (insert workout they saw on TV here)?”

Lately, I’ve been encountering a spate of these questions in person and otherwise. It’s not that I mind, but most of those people read this… so I figure I’ll hit all of the birds with one stone.

To begin with, I’m not calling these things out as bad because my initial foray into getting healthy was on one of these diet trains, but I am going to point out some of the important things I think people should take away from them if they are looking to go in this direction.

Tackling the diets first; there are a few things they all (for the most part) have in common that are actually quite necessary to being a healthy individual.

– They encourage the eating of whole and nutritious foods. You know, the stuff around the edge of the grocery store.
– They discourage anything processed or containing refined sugars/carbohydrates. Candy, soda, etc.
– They (the decent ones anyway) try to get you to prepare your own food, giving you complete control over what goes into your body.
– They all need to be done consistently to work. Granted, some of that is for marketing purposes, but the takeaway is consistency.

These things, done consistently, will get anyone results. You can’t eat healthy for a week and then binge on whatever you want the next and hope to see results.

Next to consistency, the number one thing I can say people should get behind is preparing your own food. If I could point to one single thing that was a key to my success, it would be preparing my meals in advance and planning what I would eat. I’m currently working on a big ‘ole post about meal prepping and how I do it, so I’ll save most of my rant for that. If you can’t wait for that, just Google meal prep and fitness or some variation thereof, and you will come up with tons of stuff on the subject.

Along with that, proper nutrition is key.  Carbohydrates, fats, protein.  Your body needs all of these things.  I know, the guy who did low carb to shed fat is saying you need carbs.  Trust me, they aren’t the enemy when used correctly.

Again, I don’t see anything inherently wrong with these types of diets. I believe that the issues begin when people believe that these are the only ways to get/stay healthy. The truth is that there is no need to subscribe to some pay as you go program or buy the latest fad diet, but there are things you can learn from these resources. Or, like I had to do, you can figure out that the internet has access to tons of freaking information and can actually give you more useful things than pictures of puppies looking all cute as hell. For free (just hijack your neighbors WiFi.)

Because puppy and Star Wars all in one.

Because puppy and Star Wars all in one.

As for the latest workout DVD’s and programs, I personally don’t have much to say about them thats positive or negative.

Obviously, there are some options full of nothing less than complete and utter bullshit.  6 Minute anything is sure to be 6 minutes you’ll never get back.  Anything that follows that pattern or tries to sell you all sorts of fancy equipment that is proprietary and relies on anything sounding like “special never before seen ab ripping technology” is not worth your time or hard earned money.

I say that, because this shit actually exists.  People.  This is a thing.  Why is this a thing?


I have dabbled in P90X with some guys who happened to be going through the series and I did do some of the Insanity program with a roommate. While they certainly are challenging workouts, there is nothing particularly unique or new about them. However, if that’s what someone needs to get some kind of physical activity in their lives then I say go for it.

Having said that, I don’t really see it as necessary to shell out a whole bunch of dollars for a DVD’s worth of workouts when you can find all sorts of workouts online. See also: free.

A follow up question I got from someone after giving this answer was, “Well I don’t really know much about working out.” Okay, fair enough, but if you’re willing to shell out some hard earned dollars for some education, then I will always (and have somewhere else in this blog) recommend going to a gym and taking advantage of one of the personal training deals they always give to new members.

That probably doesn’t really give a good indication as to my feelings, so to sum it all up I shall use one of the most versatile words I can.


For some, these things are the best ways for them to get healthy or stay healthy and I think that’s awesome. If that’s your tune then sing it, but if you’ve got the time to devote to actual training or some kind of research than I definitely think that’s the best way to go.

As always, find what works for you and do that.  Then do it again.  Again.  Again.  Again.  Again.  You know… consistently.



Well, here’s a shocker, you can’t shame someone into being healthy. In fact, you might just have the opposite effect.

One more (actual) shocker,  I sometimes have credible sources to back up my opinions.

This peer reviewed journal, from PLOS ONE, has the results of a study that looked at the BMI’s of over 6,000 Americans with varying body types.  If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, which I highly recommend doing, there are two main takeaways:

1)    People who were already obese at the first check-in (2006) were three time’s more likely to remain obese at the next check-in (2010) if they had experienced weight discrimination.

2)    Overweight people who experienced this discrimination at the first check-in were more than two times as likely to become obese by second check in.

What does this mean to you and me?  Simple.

Negativity doesn’t do jack when it comes to motivating people to be healthy.

You can’t shame somebody into being healthy.  While this study looked at people who were overweight and obese, it applies to any aspect of being healthy.  Just as you can’t force someone to alter their lifestyle to drop those extra pounds, you can’t force a skinny person to make changes so they aren’t just skin and bone.

The only way you can get those around you to take control of their health is to make changes yourself and lead by example.  That’s how I got started and that’s how some of the people around me got started.

I saw a friend get healthy and thought, “Man, I want to do that.  I can do that.”  

I know that some of the actions my family have taken towards being healthy were somewhat influenced by me.  The same goes for a few of my friends, some of which I had no idea even struggled with body issues until I began writing this blog.

What not to do

Don’t go force feeding your healthy lifestyle down the throats of people you care about by criticizing their choices.  So they got a Big Mac for lunch, not your issue.  It’s their life and their body.  All you can do is stay on your path, if they want to hop on the wagon, then it’s your job to support that decision.

You can’t force people to go work out or be active.  Now, I will shame the hell out of my workout partner if he bails on a gym day, that’s the relationship we have and it’s how we hold each other accountable.  What I won’t do is look at that same person who got the Big Mac and say, “Wow, you’re gonna eat that and not workout?  Good one.” 

Why?  Because that’s how you get labeled as a douche-rocket.

What to do

You’re own damn thing.  It’s that simple.

Eat right.  Exercise regularly.  Be the example.  Whether your trying to lose or gain, people will notice and inevitably somebody will decide they want what you’re working for.

Speaking from experience, finding out that other people are motivated by your actions will in turn motivate you even more.  On those tough days when I’m tired, sore, or just plain out of it: I keep going because somebody else is counting on me to do so.

Moral of the story:  Don’t be this guy.



– Moody