Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss by Cosgrove

This isn't the first time Alwyn Cosgrove has printed this article. It's one of my all time favorites, and one that I re-read when I feel I'm getting a little twisted up by all the "this-is-how-you-do-it" information out there on fat loss.

How many times have you searched the internet for that magic exercise/food/pill/program that will blast your fat for good? There is plenty of that information to be found. Gurus everywhere telling you they know exactly which exercises to do, which foods are super foods, how to get a 6-pack or mind blowing muscle. Oh yes, and the reason you haven't accomplished it yet is because you haven't purchased their program, because they are the only ones who happened to stumble across the answer and now they want to share it with you. They hold the magic answer for anywhere from $49.99 to however much money you want to spend. Sound familiar?

Don't get me wrong, there are some good programs to be found. I list several here on my recommended lists. The problem is that the marketing can be obnoxious. It keeps us in the magic solution mindset. In fact so much so that it's becoming more and more difficult to separate who is writing what program and which ones are for real. How do you know what to do?

I don't have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts:

  • Read the article, The Hierarchy of Fat Loss by Alwyn Cosgrove.
  • Re-read the article and compare your fitness and nutrition plan to what it is outlining.
  • Get your nutrition cleaned up. Before you ever count calories or grams of anything, clean your eating up. We don't have to be registered dieticians. We know a swiss cake roll out of a box isn't good for us.
  • Don't waste your workout time. It's valuable. Concentrate on the activities that give you the most bang for your buck.

Remember, it can be relatively simple, but it's never easy. We must stop looking for the easy button and just get to work.

By the way, did you know that everyone has a 6-pack, but whether or not you can see it depends on your level of body fat? So don't get hung up on whether or not you can get one. You have one. Concentrate on making it stronger for the sake of function/performance and on doing the activities that will blast fat and actually allow you to see it!

Would love to hear your thoughts on Cosgrove's article!


Smoketheblowfish said...

Hey KM, I read and copied AC's article, read it to my wife, and gave it to D (pt at my gym). AC basically give a "how to" lesson on dropping weight, losing fat, and doing it in an effective manner. Now if we could round up all of the Cardio/Calorie Crunchers, lock them in a room and force them to listen to the facts.

Nice work...wish you would could prominently display it in the lobby of every gym (or at least on the treadmills).


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Kelley Moore said...

No kidding! I was thinking about yesterday when I saw everyone on the cardio machines looking miserable. I knew you would love this article - it makes so much sense. I need to print it off and post it too!!

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