Top 10 Biggest Health & Fitness Losers of 2008

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This one is going to be fun folks! We’re going take a look at my top ten list that features the biggest health & Fitness losers of 2008. No, I’m not talking about the show, I know lot’s of people love it and I’ve got no problem with that. It helps people lose weight…. bottom line, they’re trying, good for them. But when I say “Losers” I’m not just talking about people, I’m talking about concepts, ideas, diets, etc. So let’s get into it!

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10. “6 Meals A Day Diet”

Given all of the studies into Intermittent Fasting, it’s hard to make a case for the efficacy of the 6 meal a day diet. Coming from a person who used to swear by it, I’ve come to understand why it is that eating 6 meals a day does help people lose weight and it has nothing to do with boosting your metabolism.

That being said, I will say that it does help people, myself included. But you have to understand that it helps because of the fact that you are more likely to adhere to a caloric deficit while eating more meals. That’s it. Here are some great links to articles on eating 6 meals a day and Intermittent Fasting:

Mike O’Donnell’s explanation of why eating more meals does not speed up your metabolism (here’s the link for part two of that post)

Mark Sisson’s How To Intermittent Fasting

Rusty Moore’s three articles on shooting down, questioning the logic, and overall why skipping meals will NOT slow your metabolism.

9. Show-Offs At The Gym

This might surprise you, but when you work out at a gym with a guy that screams at the top of his lungs every time he does a rep, the environment as a whole suffers. Let me explain. Women are either really annoyed or intimidated by grunting males in the gym, so they end up taking classes instead. That’s 50% of membership that isn’t showing up, thus, gyms receive less money for maintenance and upgrades because they think that fewer people are showing up. Everyone loses.

So if you’re a guy who likes to show off by grunting, do it in a forest with the other animals. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re lifting heavy and you let one grunt slip at the end, it’s forgivable. But if you do it on purpose (you know who you are) just knock it off! Here are some funny links on this topic:

My guest post over at Grounded Fitness about Sexual Politics In The Gym!

Rusty Moore’s article on the most obnoxious thing you’ve seen while working out.

8. Plastic Water Bottles

Oh boy, this one is getting out of control people! 30 billion water bottles are consumed each year by Americans. All of these water bottles are ending up in oceans, streams and will remain there practically forever. This is something that we all simply have to accept and make a change.

Here’s my take on the bottled water industry.

Here are some great alternatives to bottled water.

7. The Banana Diet

This could quite possibly be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. I want to share with you an excerpt from an article on The Banana Diet (Ezine Articles)

“This rule is simple… eat whatever you want, just as long as you eat 2 bananas before breakfast, 2 bananas before lunch, and 1 banana before dinner. Obviously eating healthier than normal would help your weight loss efforts even more, but it’s not 100% necessary.”

Ladies and gentlemen! We have a winner! I will not divulge the name of the author (nor do I really want to pick on them), but I’ll just say that statements like these are not helping people lose weight! “Eating healthier would help”??? No kidding! “…but it’s not 100% necessary” Guess what? It is 100% necessary, that must have been a typo!!

True, eating bananas are great, but only when they are a part of a balanced diet consisting of vegetables, fruit, protein-rich foods and foods high in good fats. Which brings me to number 6!

6. Low-Fat Diets In General

Low-fat diet promotion is the health and fitness communities own version of “The world is flat” theory. Not only is the information backing low-fat diets false, it’s hurting the overall health of America. Here are some words to live by, thanks, Mark!

“As for the claims that following a low-fat diet could improve your health, a 12-year study published in 2006 the Journal of the American Medical Association found that low-fat diets did not significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease or stroke in women (with the same being said for men, just not in this particular study). So to clear up any confusion, low-fat diets DO NOT WORK and fat is not the enemy. In fact, a diet that contains a high amount of healthy fats is considered only one thing in our books – healthy!”

Stock up on avocados, nuts, fish, etc. and make them a staple in your house, just watch the calories. Here are some great articles discussing fats:

Mark Sisson’s definitive guide to fats.

Scott Kustes of The Modern Forager did a guest post on The Fitness Black Book discussing the four types of fats.

Jimmy Moore’s take on why high carb diets raise insulin levels which spike blood pressure.

Stay tuned because tomorrow we’ll have the conclusion of My Top 10 Biggest Health & Fitness Losers of 2008!

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