Throughout the last year I have heard so much advice about weight loss, training, nutrition and gear. Some advice was sought and the large majority was unsolicited. Here are some tips I use to weed through advice:
1. Will the adviser benefit if you follow their advice? For example, money from a miracle product they are selling, or gaining a diet buddy, or savings on a multi person gym membership? If the advice giver is going to benefit, make sure what they are pushing really fits into your personal goals and lifestyle.
2. Has the adviser accomplished what they are instructing you to do? Have they successfully run a marathon, gained muscle mass, or dropped 30 pounds? If not, be wary of advice that has no founding in personal experience or professional training.
3. Does the adviser want you to fail? Will your failure make them feel better about their failures? Will your success invalidate their excuses? Are they afraid of losing you? Are they jealous of the attention your new figure and confidence will bring? These are all very good reasons to disregard any advice meant to change your course or hinder your health efforts.
4. Does the adviser assume their method will work the same for you, irrespective of varying genetics, body type, preferences and dispositions? Does the adviser claim to have the only weight loss and fitness industry product guaranteed to get results the world over? Time to do some research before implementation. The verdict of whether or not it will work for you may be hiding in the fine print.
At the end of the day, no one is going to care as much as you do about your health. And with such a huge responsibility, you owe it to yourself to logically think about all the fitness program, nutrition and gear advice that cross your path.