Optimal Frame vs Weight Loss
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:
Calories, and Cardio. They are nowhere to be found!
the reasons those words have been eliminated:
is defined as: the kinds of food that a person or animal habitually eats.
has morphed into: a special course of food to which one restricts oneself,
either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
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
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.’
Frame NOT Weight.
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.
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.
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.
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
do I Measure Progress then Bill?
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.