As with fad diets, gimmicky equipment and boring workout programs. By Ed Shepherd CHC, CPT
This will be the first in a series of advice articles about diets, nutrition and workout routines, along with related subjects on health and fitness. The information will be based on facts learned through years of studying and digging for the truth in a culture where the truth is hard to sort out, and with so many conflicting theories and misinformation from those who have their own agenda or are just plain uninformed, I’ll do my best to cut through the bull and give you the facts. I have interviewed nutritionists, fitness models, and natural bodybuilders to learn more. I have tried numerous diets and exercise programs, read tons of books while earning certificates from various health and fitness organizations, including the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is a year long school that explores more than 100 dietary theories.
- Which diet works best? Is it Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Zone Diet, or one of the many others on the best seller list?
- What does fitness really mean?
- Which workout routine is best? Is it free weights, isolated exercises, commercial use gyms, elliptical machines and tread mills, or Orange Theory, CrossFit, Pilates or Kickboxing?
- What about supplements? Are they a waste of money or really important to an athlete?
- How often and when should you eat?
- Is creatine safe? How much protein should you eat in a day?
- What is the truth about body types and metabolism?
- Are you curious about organic foods, which foods should you buy organic and which others are not so important?
- What are GMOs and is that something to be concerned about?
- Blue Zones are areas in the world where people live the longest. What do they have in common and how can we benefit from their findings?
- What about circuit training and HIIT, and how can you benefit?
There is a lot to talk about and I so look forward to providing honest and truthful information. Almost all of us want to either lose weight or get in shape and be healthy, and it will be my job to help you find out what will work best for you, and you might be surprised that it may not be at all what you think. There is so much conflicting information that we have been brought up with and spoon fed by those who spew out misinformation for their own purpose that it might seem impossible to know the truth. But I have learned the truth by doing what I call “walk the talk.” It’s not just that I have lost a lot of weight and in great shape with no physical or health issues. I have made it my life’s purpose to know the right information and to help you do the same.