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January 2010 L Magazine Article

Here’s the article I ran in the January 2010 issue of L Magazine…

What’s the old saying?  Rules are made to be broken?  I like that wise old adage.  In fact, I can remember breaking many a rule many years ago (and I’m sure you can too!).

Weight loss has some “rules” as well.  I don’t like some of these rules and I’m sure you don’t either so let’s break a few.  Scratch that, let’s smash these rules into teeny tiny bits so they’re never allowed to return and mess with your head.

By the way this list is for ladies only.  Sorry fellas.

The first rule to be smashed is that you need to weigh yourself…ever.

I hate scales.   All they do is make you depressed.  Some days it doesn’t budge, others it moves down a couple pounds and still others it jumps a couple pounds.

But the reason I included this rule is because it really misses the mark in determining whether or not you’re succeeding with your program.

What do you really want?  For instance, if I told you your waist would shrink by 4 inches but the scale wouldn’t budge would you care?

Absolutely not!  All you care about is what you look like, and more specifically what you look like naked while standing in front of a full-length mirror.

The second rule that should be smashed to smithereens is cardio is the best way to lose weight and get in shape.

It’s not.

The way most ladies do cardio takes too long and is incredibly boring plus your body gets used to it quickly and stops making progress.

If burning calories is the way you mark a good workout, you should know that you can burn just as many calories with a good resistance training workout as you can with cardio.  If it’s an awesome resistance training workout, you’ll burn a ton of calories during the workout AND for hours after you’ve completed the workout.

The catch is that you have to have the right program and you have to work the workout.  You can’t go through the motions and expect to see results.

Please don’t misunderstand.  Cardio can work and if you’d like to run for over an hour a day, be my guest.  But I’d rather give you a way to burn just as much, if not more fat in a fraction of the time and save your joints in the process.

The final rule to smash is resting.  I’m not a big fan of resting if your goal is weight loss.

This rule has always seemed a bit silly to me.  Do an exercise, then rest.  Do it again, then rest, etc.


Let’s say I give you 3 exercises – Push-ups, Lunges and Burpees.  Do them one after the other for 5-7 minutes.  Then pick another group of 3 “big” exercises and repeat.

You’ve worked your entire body, you’re sweating and breathing heavy (just like cardio) and you’ll feel awesome.

It’s not as boring and you’ll be done much quicker.

See, it’s okay to break some rules of weight loss.  As a matter of fact, I highly encourage it!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

Talk to you soon,


About The Author

Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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