“You’re kidding me. It’s called FCUK?”

I was standing in the checkout line of a well know chemist that by the time I got there had stretched past the cologne and perfumes. French Connection United Kingdom was just one of the crazy examples I saw of what I like to call conventional stupidity.

Most of the products I was standing next to were named after celebrities. Instinct by David Beckham, Curious by Britany Spears, Fame by Lady Gaga, Killer queen by Katie Perry, Incredible things by Taylor Swift, are you out of your mind? Why do we need a celebrity to help us choose a fragrance?

The final straw for me was Victoria Bitter the scent, do I really want to smell like beer? Worse, would men actually buy this product because they like the beer? I don’t get it.

Yet in my own industry, this has become the main way people select a healthy living program for themselves. Unbelievably in the last twelve months, the most search phrase on Google was ‘Adele diet’.

A famous singer who is not a dietitian, not a doctor, a chef or a personal trainer, is the most trusted person in weight loss. I say again, conventional stupidity.

What is Conventional Stupidity?

Maybe you’ve recently joined a gym or have been going for some time. Do you notice that when you take a class be it; Full Body Fusion, Circuit Training, HIIT, Water Aerobics, Cycling, Bootcamp, Zumba the list is endless, that the same people appear month in month out.

Even if you don’t go to a class the people around you create an environment that entices you to stay. There will always be someone fitter, stronger and lighter than you and the gym’s count on it. That’s how they keep you in the endless loop of doing what you think is expected of you and not seeing results. It’s time to stop.
If what you’re doing is not working in fitness, health and life, then maybe you are doing things wrong. You have to ask yourself:

  • Am I taking advice from real experts?
  • Am I killing myself at the gym 4-5 times a week and not making progress?
  • Why am I starving every 2-3 hours?
  • What is this with my bad sleep, waking up at 2 am most nights
  • Why am I constipated, bloated or have terrible reactions to some foods I eat?

Let’s Change Things Up

The aerobic system plays a vital and primary role in all physical activity. For example, between 95 and 99% of the energy used for endurance sports, including competition, is derived from the aerobic system. This is true for events lasting more than a few minutes, and races from the mile to the marathon, and beyond.
In addition to the traditional endurance events such as running, biking and swimming, aerobic-based sports also include tennis, golf, basketball and most others. So why do we constantly have a desire to work harder, WHY because it makes sense, but it is totally Wrong Just ask yourself what are your results. Are you working out like a dog day in day out and you do not lose weight? If so, then the first thing to do is focus on your nutrition not Exercise.

Let’s Talk About Food

Do not believe what the fitness and sports industry tell you about nutrition. Highly motivated fitness enthusiasts have great difficulty rejecting an obsessive, chronic approach to workouts, a carbohydrate burning/carbohydrate loading pattern, and a calories-in calories-out mindset about weight loss. Fat was the preferred fuel for humans throughout evolution, with most energy coming from either stored fat or ingested fat. Today, we have overridden our genetic preference for fat by consuming a diet high in carbohydrates. Modern grain-based, high-carb diets stimulate excess insulin production, leading to a host of health problems, often characterised as metabolic syndrome. High-carb meals create a blood-sugar insulin burnout roller coaster.

Each individual is unique and although one individual may be able to utilise carbohydrates effectively, another may not. Listen to your body, think about how your body reacts to what you feed it. Choose your carbohydrates wisely, select whole, unprocessed carbs with fibre instead of refined carbs. If you are going to be eating carbohydrates make sure that you are using them for fuel, and they are real food not processed foods; pasta, bread, pancakes oats, otherwise they will be stored as fat, particularly if you’re insulin resistant. Avoid wheat at all costs as it causes damage to all individuals.

Step One: Stop eating Grains.
Grains are merely a cheap source of calories that are easily converted into glucose. They have ​minimal nutritional value, stimulate excess insulin production, a​nd contain “anti-nutrients” that compromise digestive and immune function, promote systemic inflammation, and inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Step Two: You don’t need dairy
Not all dairy is healthy. For many people, dairy is inherently problematic, mostly owing to the presence of lactose, a milk sugar that is difficult for many adults to digest, and casein, a protein that can be allergenic to many.

So What About Adele?

Adele’s diet focuses on incorporating low-calorie foods and green juices in specific combinations. Users report significant weight loss because the regimen is incredibly restrictive and limits users’ calorie intake to 1,000 calories in the beginning and 1,500 calories on the last day. The vastly reduced caloric intake is the main issue health experts have with the diet. And because it’s so restrictive, it’s not a practical long-term weight loss solution. In other words, if Adele starts eating a more typical 2,000 calorie per day diet again, she could easily gain back all the weight she lost.

For the record, no credible trainer or health coach would agree to their client eating only 1,000 calories a day.

However, the most important thing to remember here is that your health is too important to decide on a weight loss program in the same way you would perfume, by celebrity endorsement.
In my experience, many doctors operate on incorrect advice so trusting a singer with your life is just lunacy.

A few days before Christmas 2014, I dropped all of the carbs I loved so much and focused on real foods and healthy fats. I had my blood lipid tests done to see what would change after the six-month experiment. The advice I received from my GP was not to do it because according to him my cholesterol was too high. He was wrong.

My results after the six months had even surprised me. Not only had I finally lost that stubborn tummy roll, but I could go for a 15km run and not feel hungry for two or three hours afterwards! I had so much energy and my mental state was stable during the day. Five years on and this approach has been sustainable for me and our family. It has changed our health, the way our kids eat, the way we think about life and my body composition is better, actually the best it has been in my life. I am stronger, faster, fitter and importantly healthier.

Andre Obradovic is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, Triathlon Australia Development Coach, ICF Leadership PPC Level Coach, A Primal Health Coach, a Certified Low Carb Healthy Fat Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. He is a passionate triathlete and marathoner in the 55-60 age group.  He also is a registered member of Fitness Industry in Australia. Andre helps people all around the world improve their health with coaching them to change habits and the way they think.