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Why Weight Loss Is Not The Point - Part 2: So What IS The Point?

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

Be sure you've read Part 1 of this article series to get the full picture, as in this article, I'm going to clear up the big misunderstanding from Part 1, which is:

Weight loss is not the point; the point is... HEALTH!

Let me illustrate this principle with an example:

Suppose you have two guys, let's call them John Smith and John Doe. Just two fairly average guys in their mid-40's. John Smith is a pretty healthy guy, by today's standards. He eats clean and real whole foods, for the most part, with a few less healthy splurges now and then, and he loves a good steak. He also loves to work out, and does a variety of physical activities almost daily, from weight lifting to running, biking, and even playing a few sports. It makes him feel great, and he's actually pretty darn proud of his physique, which he has maintained into his 40's. He weighs in at 200lbs, and at 5'11" is pretty muscular and has not that much body fat - maybe just very small love handles, but not much abdominal fat at all, and he still looks great shirtless.

John Doe, on the other hand, eats the SAD (Standard American Diet) - lots of processed foods, bread, meat, fairly little vegetables (unless they're fried), and although he's gone on several diets (and added in a lot of "diet" and "low-fat" foods into his daily eating habits), he has not had much success losing those extra pounds. He is more or less a couch potato, as his body hurts when he tries to exercise because he's so out of shape, and he just doesn't enjoy it. He does play a bit of basketball with some friends from time to time, but overall his exercise mostly consists of walking to and from his car before and after work each day. John Doe is also 5'11" and weighs 200lbs. He has a generous "spare tire" around his middle, and is quite flabby, with very little muscle definition. He doesn't like to remove his shirt, even at the beach.

Okay, so what is the difference between these two guys? Obviously a lot; HOWEVER...notice that their height and weight are the SAME!

Now, if I ask you which guy is healthier, I bet there is not a single person who would vote for John Doe.

Let me put it another way. Do you think John Smith needs to lose weight?

No! John Smith is at his perfect weight for his body type and activity level. And barring some type of unforeseen condition or disease, his health is MUCH better than John Doe's, and he has the potential to live a much longer (not to mention happier) life.

People who are focusing exclusively on weight loss as an indicator of health and fitness are missing the whole point. The point isn't weight loss, it's FAT loss. Or more specifically, it's achieving a healthy body fat percentage for your body type, AND developing healthy muscle tone and strength which will help your body stay strong, pain-free, and young-looking.

And another thing....

Your body was made to move! Daily, often, and in a wide variety of ways. (If God didn't mean for you to move, he would have made you a rock, or a tree.) There are literally hundreds of studies showing that regular exercise is a must for health and longevity. Daily exercise has been linked to reductions in incidence of just about every kind of disease out there, from osteoporosis, to heart disease, to even Alzheimers. And yes, when you start building muscle, you just might GAIN a little weight (oh the shock and horror!), but guess what muscle also does (besides look good, by the way, and isn't that why so many people want to lose weight in the first place?) - it burns fat! More muscle mass raises your metabolism, so that you'll burn more calories even while at rest.

The idea that you shouldn't exercise because you will gain muscle which increases your weight is just about the most backwards thinking I can imagine, and really defeats the whole purpose of dieting in the first place, which is of course, to get you healthy, trim, fit, and looking and feeling good. Sorry Weight Watchers folks - avoiding exercise just won't get you there.

If you're trying to start an exercise program, but struggling to stick with it, stay motivated, or find forms of exercise you enjoy, be sure to check our blog on a regular basis, as we post lots of interesting, fun, and new ways to exercise, that you might not have thought of. You can also find some fun ideas on our website at

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