There are charlatans, con-artists, and snake oil salesmen in every industry. In every profession there are practitioners who are trustworthy and reliable, and practitioners who would take advantage of you any chance they get.
Anywhere there is a possibility to make money, there will be those who are trying to take advantage of the system to make money.
This is very true in the multi-billion dollar exercise and nutrition industries. As consumers, we have to be on the lookout for exercise and weight loss programs that sound too good to be true. These are the types of programs that make unrealistic promises like lose 20 pounds of weight loss in 2 weeks with minimal effort. These are the programs that promise to teach you the secret to fast weight loss that all the celebrities know, but no one else knows.
The secret is that there is no secret. If you want to lose weight, get into shape, feel better, reduce pain and slow down the aging process, the secret is that you have to exercise and watch what you eat. You have to do it consistently, and for the rest of your life. And it does take work. Anyone who is telling you it doesn’t take work and that it is easy is trying to sell you something. It doesn’t take intense, hard work to get into shape and lose weight, but it does take consistent work.
If someone, or something, is telling you that it doesn’t take work to get into shape, lose weight and feel better, then beware that person or program. That person, or program, is trying to sell you something or take advantage of you in some way.
Recently the author of books such as The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About, and Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About, Kevin Trudeau, was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for misleading the public and making false claims in his books and infomercials that promoted his books. The presiding judge called Trudeau “deceitful to the core”.
This man made millions of dollars preying on people who are desperate to lose weight and don’t know how to do it. In my opinion, unless you have training in the exercise and weight loss industries, there is no reason why you should know the best way to lose weight.
It is like if you take your car into the shop to get a noise fixed. That noise could be caused by anything. We are trusting the mechanic to not take advantage of us when telling us what the problem with the car is. We are trusting the mechanic to fix it inexpensively, and not charge us for repairs that we don’t need. I have no training in fixing cars. So my mechanic can tell me anything about my car and I will usually believe him.
The same is true in most professions. If we don’t have any training in that profession, then there is no reason why we should know what is true and what is not true in that profession. I can tell you so much about how the body works, how it becomes injured, and how to treat and prevent that injury. But I can’t tell you how to fix a muffler on a car or how to wire a light. I am not trained in that area.
In the same way, if you are not trained in the physical fitness industry or weight loss/nutrition industry, there is no reason why you should know what is worthwhile and what is not.
That is why you should trust your instincts when looking at a new exercise and nutrition program to determine if it is right for you, if it will work and if it will live up to the claims that it makes.
If it sounds too good to be true, then it is. If there was some small, easy tip to trick your body quickly into shedding all of the weight you have accumulated within the past 20 years, then everyone would be doing it and everyone would be thin.
Get thin quick schemes are like get rich quick schemes. If they worked then everyone would be thin and rich. But not everyone is thin and rich.
There are many charlatans out there in the exercise and weight loss industries that are looking to take advantage of you. They are looking for ways to trick you into buying their products, whether the product works or not. Kevin Trudeau is just one of them.
Having spent many years in the exercise, nutrition and weight loss industries, just by reading the title of Trudeau’s book The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About, I can tell that it is not going to work.
First of all, who is “they”? Second of all, there is no secret to weight loss. All it takes is consistent exercise and consistent healthy eating. If you exercise and eat right there is no guarantee that you will lose weight and become a ripped, lean, mean machine. Some people have the genetics to achieve that societal ideal, and some people do not. Just as some people have the genetics to become a professional athlete, and some of us, no matter how hard we train and work at it, are just never going to become a professional athlete. Genetics play a huge role.
If you do exercise and eat right consistently, then you will feel better, have less pain, have more energy, slow down the aging process, and prevent future weight gain. You just have to make sure to pick an exercise and nutrition program that fits your specific body type and needs.
If you are young and in good shape, then an extreme exercise system might be right for you such as: crossfit, insanity, p90x, T25, etc.
If you are in middle age or older, in pain, have pre-existing health conditions, work at a desk, haven’t exercised in years, or are overweight, then one of the extreme exercise systems would be horrible for you. You might be able to do them for a few weeks to even a few months, but chances are (75%) that you will injure yourself and have to stop the exercise routine before you get any real, lasting benefits from the exercising.
If you fit any of the above listed criteria, then you will want to look for a low impact, easy on your body exercise routine that won’t hurt you. This will give you the best chance possible for being able to stick with an exercise routine consistently enough to get some real benefits from it. If you are not a professional athlete then there is no reason to train like one. There is no reason to push yourself hard and make yourself really sore, and potentially injure yourself, from exercising. You will still get benefits from exercising if you exercise at a low intensity, you just have to do it consistently.
I created the Pain Free Lifestyle exercise and nutrition programs to be easy on your body. It consists of many small changes that are done slowly over time and are easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. It will not push you until you puke.
The advanced levels of the exercise program are tough, and should not be done by anyone who has not been exercising consistently for less than a year. But the beginner level can be done by almost anyone, no matter their size, shape, or activity level.
Be smart about which exercise and nutrition programs you choose to follow. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is. Pain Free Lifestyle is honest and straightforward about what type of results to expect. Be realistic about where you are physically, and where you can realistically get to. Not everyone has the genetics to become a movie star or a professional athlete.
You may not ever become a ripped, lean, mean machine, but you will look and feel better by doing an intelligently designed, low intensity, low impact, consistent exercise and nutrition routine. It is the Pain Free Way.
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