Fad Diets


I hear about quick weight loss programs all the time and sometimes they come with guarantees or you can get your money back. I call these quick-loss programs “fad diets”; quick weight loss through an unhealthy, unbalanced and unsustainable diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who are desperate to lose weight quickly without exercise.

A 2-year study by Stuart Wolpert of the UCLA Researchers Report showed that 83% of people on these quick weight loss programs gained back more weight than they originally lost while dieting. Meaning, if you start at 140 pounds and dropped down to 125 pounds, you not only gain back the 15 pounds you lost but you add weight beyond that. Consequently, instead of losing weight fast and keeping it off, you are destined to gain more weight over the long term.

In my book, “diet” is a four-letter word. I’ve never liked the word “diet”. Rather, I promote a “lifestyle” to my clients, not a diet. Losing weight quickly is not going to be a long term solution to keeping weight off, and it can be very unhealthy. It also has psychological consequences with many folks simply giving up. This is no way to live life. 

The hardest thing for most people is being patient. You didn't put all the weight you are carrying on in one day, one week or even one month. It was a slow process. So it’s stands to reason that losing weight should follow a similar timeline.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, let’s start with a discussion. We will address your diet in practical terms. We also promote the benefits of weight training to help in the process of losing weight and creating a better quality of life.

At GUTS Training Center, we not only work on helping you reach your goals, but we teach you how to do it.

personal training is a wise investment

If you are like me, you thought (or perhaps hoped) that healthcare legislation would rein in escalating healthcare costs over a reasonable period of time. In reality, individuals and families are spending more and more each year on healthcare and the outlook is not promising.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy, the average family’s health insurance now costs about $16,000, and workers pay more than a quarter of that. From 2004 to 2014, total premiums have increased 69% and, for those that have a job, worker contribution increased 81%. 


The current situation is disheartening but, not to fret, I have the answer! If you take care of yourself — exercise regularly and eat right — you can avoid burdensome healthcare costs in your future. If you heed my sage advice, I could save you thousands of dollars (if not hundreds of thousands) over your lifetime. You’re welcome!

According to Ellin Holohan, editor for HealthDay News, subsidizing exercise and fitness-related lifestyles in middle age could significantly reduce the ballooning cost of health care in later years (based on a study of 20,000 people). Average annual claims for medical costs for the least-fit men, at $5,134, were about 36 percent higher than the average of $3,277 a year for the most-fit men. The average medical claims of $4,565 for the least-fit women were about 40 percent higher than the $2,755 average for the most fit (Holohan, Ellin, HealthDay News, Thursday, May 10, 2012) 

Now, I’m no Pollyanna. I know how difficult it can be to eat right and exercise regularly (I’m saying this as I shove the last piece of meat lovers pizza down my throat). Furthermore, many families are struggling financially and eating right and exercising can be tough on the family budget (you can feed a family of four at McDonalds for $10!). 

Even so, many families do have the discretionary income to put towards their and their family’s health and well-being. So, consider the value of a personal trainer, especially long-term. Do the math. Yes, you'll be healthier and happier but it also makes economic sense.

Forget about the boilerplate catchphrase, it is a great investment in yourself. I say, it’s simply a great investment. 





According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, the number one new year’s resolution is losing weight. Not far behind in the number five spot is getting fit and staying healthy

So, how many of you made a new year’s resolution to lose weight and get fit? I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but only 8% of Americans will follow through on that resolution. You can understand why 38% of Americans never make a resolution at all (I fall into this category; why set myself up for failure!). 

However, if I could offer you the panacea for losing weight, getting fit and staying healthy, and I could do it without much time and exertion on your part, I’m betting you’d be all in. I think we’re all smart enough to know that a magic pill does not exist. 

Even so, somewhere in the recesses of our minds is that faint belief that science and technology is on the verge of that magic potion, much the same way that I believed Rogaine would give me back my free-flowing locks of yesteryear. After hundreds of dollars that I didn’t have, I finally put aside my vanity and let the dome shine for the world to see. 

But it is hard. The marketers know that we humans are vulnerable and gullible. Just watch television, surf the internet, glimpse at the covers in the magazine isle at the supermarket, drive down Woodward Avenue and look at the billboards — you can’t escape it! A catchy name, promising minimal time constraints, wrapped in some eye-grabbing, dynamic packaging with a model or trainer with enviable abdominals and WHAMMO! They’ve got you hoping or, maybe for the weakest of us, believing. You're on the phone or on-line with credit card in hand. 

You’re thinking, “I’m not one to succumb to this chicanery!” Maybe so, but the fact of the matter is that many of us do succumb to the “flavor of the day”.

Is it Tony Horton’s P90X or Julian Michael’s Ripped in 30 or Shaun T’s FOCUS T24. Or can the Holy Grail be found at a franchise such as CrossFit or the new Daily Burn which promises results in 15 minutes of intense training each day? Perhaps, this is simply too much time for your busy schedule. Well, then you need Tony Horton’s 10-minute Trainer DVD. Still too much time for you? Remember the 8-Minute Abs?  

These programs are not cheap. And, read the fine print; results may vary and results are based on a 1200 calorie diet. Basically, you work your butt off and then you starve yourself. These programs will work but can you maintain this regimen? I don't think so.

What’s the answer? 

Come talk to us at GUTS Training Center. You’ll meet Todd Turner who runs our personal training area. His background is in exercise science, human psychology and common sense (okay, maybe I speak in hyperbole but he did stay at a Holiday Inn). We’ll sit down with you, discuss your lifestyle, nutritional habits and your goals. Then, we'll create the program that is right for you; a program that you’ll be able to maintain for the rest of your life.

It’s all about quality of life — your life. So, stop listening to the noise, believing the grass is always greener on the other side, there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and Dorothy really had magic slippers!  

You can be part of that 8% and we'll help you do it!