Fame and Fat Loss: Good and Bad

Fame has now become a career choice.  Gone are the days of children dreaming of becoming teachers, police officers, doctors, astronauts, or actors.  Then now dream of becoming famous.

My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up was being a professional athlete.  First it was basketball, then golf (and secretly still is).  When I reached middle school, I wanted to be a veterinarian.  In high school, a dentist.  I entered college wanting to build buildings.  I now build bodies.

Admittedly, I’m cool with kids wanting to be famous.  But how about being famous for doing something?

Kids don’t seem to be interested in that, though.  They simply wanna be famous for fame’s sake.  Doesn’t matter how, just that they are.  They wanna sidestep the work required to achieve lasting fame.  They want shortcuts.  No longer do they wanna dedicate their body, mind, and time necessary to excel at something or achieve success.  They just wanna be famous.  And thanks to reality TV, YouTube, Twitter, and police dashboard cameras, they don’t have to.

“Fame and success are very different things.” — Enya

All this is crazy, right?  I mean, kids want something without doing the work.  But before casting the proverbial stone at our children, how often do we approach our health, fitness, and nutrition this way?

Instead of putting the time and effort into our exercise and nutrition, we look for the shortcut.  We want the body of our dreams without doing the work.  We want “fame” without doing anything of value to warrant it.  We fast, cleanse, cut entire food groups from our diet, take drugs and pills, drink powders and shakes, or have surgeries.  Do these things work?  Absolutely.  Everything works . . . for a little while.  But like many who seek, and even achieve, “instant celebrity”, those who take shortcuts to fat loss, their “fame” is short-lived, and often at the expense of their health.

How can a kid become famous?  He or she can contribute to society with innovation, e.g., Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, or Steve Jobs, or he or she can make a sex tape, get pregnant (or get someone pregnant) at 16 and land a spot on “Teen Mom”, or date a pop star.

How can you lose weight?  You can build fat-burning muscle through purposeful, consistent strength training and making small, sustainable changes to your diet, or you can take a pill, starve yourself, or have surgery.

Kids are becoming short-sighted.  They may get the fame they’re after, but it’s typically short-lived.  And often, too, infamy is confused with fame.

“There’s no difference between fame and infamy now.  There’s a new school of professional famous people that don’t do anything.  They don’t create anything.” — Ricky Gervais

Adults are short-sighted, too.  They often get the fat loss they’re after, but it’s typically short-lived.  And often, any weight loss is confused with successful fat loss.

I can’t take you somewhere I’ve not been.  I’m not famous, so I can’t help you there.  But I can help with your fat loss goals.

If you wanna be famous, you may wanna check this out.  You’ll learn how to get famous both with or without talent.

If you wanna optimize your fat loss, though, you’ll need to do these things*:

  • Eat slowly until satisfied, i.e., no longer hungry, but not full
  • Eat lean protein with your meals
  • Include colorful fruits and veggies with your meals
  • Exercise 3-5 times weekly
  • Eat fewer desserts and processed foods
  • Drink fewer caloric beverages, e.g., alcohol, soda, and juice
  • Be consistent and patient

*If you’re doing none of these things, implementing even one will begin moving you toward your goals.  If you’re doing these things, but have plateaued, you may need to do more of each.

There is no shortcut to long-term success.  Dedicate yourself to creating the right habits by practicing the right behaviors by developing the right mindset and make your dream body a reality.

Question:  Have you been taking shortcuts to a leaner body (and coming up short), or have you put in the effort necessary for long-term, sustainable success?