Optimal Frame vs Weight Loss

In looking at that chart below you will notice three words that are missing, coincidentally, the three most popular, common, and recommended words in the weight loss industry:

Diet, Calories, and Cardio. They are nowhere to be found!


Here’s the reasons those words have been eliminated:

Diet is defined as: the kinds of food that a person or animal habitually eats.

But has morphed into: a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

Huge problem! Habitual, changed to: restrict to lose weight. In layman’s terms, the proper definition, broken down is simply: Eat what you’re supposed to eat

Calories. The weight loss and diet industry love them because, well, if they didn’t have calories to count, suggest, control, and restrict, they would be out of business. Counting calories does not work folks. Over 90% of people who go on a diet gain it back. 200 calories of pasta and 200 calories of wild salmon have completely different effects on the body.


Cardio.Somewhere along the line exercise got divorced into Cardio & Weights. All exercise is cardio and all exercise is resistance training. It is the intensity of the exercise that must be varied. The bike and elliptical are just as much ‘weight training’ as squats and crunches are ‘cardio.’


Optimal Frame NOT Weight.

Best or most favorable is how Optimal is defined. In the fitness industry we like to say, it’s the right amount of muscle and minimal stored fat, or Lean. Every person has an optimal frame based on their skeleton: height, lengths of bones, etc. Genetics do play a role, but less than 5%. Just because your father or grandfather is a little on the heavy side does not mean you are destined to a life sentence of 42” waist jeans. It is lifestyle choices that either allow you to obtain your optimal frame or not.

Another common misconception is that weight loss is all about losing fat. It’s not that simple folks, and you’ve been misled. In fact, many times, and more importantly, excess weight is being caused by systemic inflammation from eating the wrong foods day in and day out. That’s right, swollen tissue and water retention. Think about the guy next door who looks like he’s smuggling a beach ball under his shirt. Is that fat? Maybe a bit. But it’s really swollen intestines, 27 feet of tubing, which is swollen and bloated.


Taking in grains on a daily basis damages your digestive process allowing unwanted material into circulation creating a host of bad conditions that disrupt natural metabolic processes. The body’s responses are many, ranging from water retention to acne to a host of autoimmune diseases. But of importance in this post, is your ability to use and metabolize fat and say no to bloating-inducing foods in order to obtain the optimal frame. So, even though it says ‘Low Fat’ on that label, that food could be altering metabolic processes so it gets converted to and stored as fat. Clients of mine who do give up all grains and refined sugars start to deflate within days. No joke.

The other side of the coin shows that even though the number on the scale isn’t moving or is perhaps going up a bit, is that muscle weighs more than fat; three times as much in the same amount of space. It’s the body reshaping that counts. It’s the amount of fat you’re burning that counts, not weight. Check that scale out!


How do I Measure Progress then Bill?

Sure, people need incentive, marked progress, and goals achieved to see what they are doing is working. I get that. But beyond all of the fancy metabolic testing, scales, caloric expenditure do-dads, and fat reading methods, measuring progress toward the Optimal Frame simply comes from how clothes are fitting, how consistent you are with exercise and eating habitually, and if the swelling in tissue is going down. Our society has been conditioned to want (need) immediate results and numbers to substantiate success, but when it comes to the body, it is learning and patience that rule. Daily persecution about the number on a scale has done so much harm to so many people. Change is not reflected daily on that number and is certainly not a reflection of how efficiently you’re burning fat or decreasing systemic inflammation. Look in the mirror, feel good about what you’re doing, stick to eating habitually, be patient, and enjoy the ride. You will know when you are achieving your optimal frame: you see it and you feel it.