The Dark Side of Fat Loss

I must have said it 1,000 times as I read, “Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?”  Sean Croxton‘s The Dark Side of Fat Loss is the book everyone needs to read before they go down the yo-yo dieting, over exercising route of insanity that is the norm for so many people with fat loss goals.  Oh, the the time and tears that could be saved!

I’ve known Sean for a little while now, but I’ve followed his work from nearly the beginning.  Sean was the first guy that I ever knew of who posted regular YouTube videos with nutrition/health/lifestyle information.  He is one of the first guys I would call a leader in this paleo, primal, ancestral, or whatever movement that has taken the world by storm.

Sean didn’t ask me to write this review.  After seeing him a few months ago at Paleo FX, I realized, much to my own embarrassment, that I hadn’t read The Dark Side of Fat Loss.  My email to him a few weeks ago began with an apology for coming around so late, but Sean graciously sent me a copy and I dug in.

What a gem of a book this is!  Sean begins by dispelling the myths that are so ingrained into our society.  You know the ones: calories are the only thing that will ever matter, cardio and starvation is how you lose weight.  I sometimes wonder if we will ever really win this battle in my lifetime, but it’s great to know that there are guys like Sean Croxton out there in the trenches fighting this battle in the name of health and sustainable fat loss.

When you are done reading the first 3 chapters of this book, you will have an excellent understanding of why we gain unwanted fat and how a healthy body should work.  This information can set you free.  When you know what’s going on from a physiological and biochemical perspective, you can make smart decisions about how to get healthy instead of making silly decisions that lead to temporary weight loss and deleterious effects on your metabolism, among other things.

From there, Sean walks us through his guide to JERF (Just Eat Real Food), telling us how to make healthy food choices instead of eating according to the demands of your food scale.  I love how thorough he is in this section, starting all the way down at the soil in which our food and our food’s food grows.  He also gives us some basic guidelines to recognizing real food, he touches on the idea that real food is too expensive, and then he covers every category of food you might ask about when making major dietary changes.

Then he almost lost me.  Chapter 5 is Sean’s 30 day JERF challenge, and it’s probably no mystery to those of you who follow my work that I don’t love challenges.  But I have to admit that Sean has done a great job with his challenge by making it feel sort of like an exploration of what will work for you in the long run.  Most impressive indeed is his Body Language Log which we are encouraged to use as a way to track what we eat during the challenge, not so we can become neurotic about food, but so that we can make note of how we feel when we eat various foods.  Nutrition will never be a one-size-fits-all subject and the Body Language Log is a fantastic tool for getting to the bottom of what works for us as individuals.  To be perfectly honest, I wish I would have thought of it.

The remaining chapters delve into the other essential components of a healthy lifestyle and Sean has you well covered.  His chapter on stress is phenomenal, he breaks down sleep so that it can no longer be taken with a grain of salt, and his chapters on gut health and toxins are extremely informative.  However, as awesome as those chapter are, I am thoroughly impressed with Sean for including his Do It chapter and delving into a bit of the psychology behind making lifestyle changes in the name of improved health.  It frustrates me to know end that my industry is largely driven by people who are only giving the fitness and nutrition consumer a list of rules to follow without ever considering the psychological obstacles that cause most to fail.  However accurate our information may be if, it will all be irrelevant to most people if they can’t actually make the necessary changes.  Sean understands the importance of this stuff that sometimes sounds a little crazy.  He knows very well that major change attempts without the right perspective will usually end in failure.  I commend him for sharing his wisdom with you and not leaving this subject out.

If I haven’t convinced you that this book is well worth reading, just do me one favor.  Go to the book’s website and watch Sean’s video at the top of the page.  You will see his passion for what he does and I believe you will feel the need to learn more from him.  I’m anything but new to this stuff and even I learned plenty as I read this book.  If I’m wrong, come back to this post and give me a ration of what I deserve in the comments.  I think you will be happy that you took my advice.

Go forth and be awesome.

 

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 99

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 99 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Fitness for newbies.  (14:10)
  • Diet challenges and convoluted paleo.  (22:24)

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 98

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 98 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Do I have to sprint for fat loss?  (19:25)
  • Building muscle mass.  (26:13)
  • Lara Bars, calipers, and measurements.  (34:25)
  • Fasting glucose going up!  (42:09)

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 97

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 97 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • How would we train Biggest Loser contestants?  (18:25)
  • Natural body products.  (38:05)
  • Mass gain and overall health.  (48:46)

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 96

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 96 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Squat mobility (and bad coaching).  (15:40)
  • Looking for easy answer.  (35:12)
  • I don’t like red meat.  (49:30)

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Carb Nite and Carb Backloading

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This post is way past due.  It’s time I told you all about my experience with two secret weapons I have been experimenting with for a while now.  Those of you who listen to our podcast (on iTunes here) will remember our good friend, Kiefer, on episode 84.  He is brilliant and very well versed in the art of helping people lose fat.   Through his extensive research he developed Carb Nite and Carb Backloading, his tried and true fat loss plans.  Kiefer is not a paleo guy, but both plans can be made paleo by simply following his guidelines while choosing paleo friendly foods.  Those of you who know me and my work will understand that I have not talked too much about Carb Nite and Carb Backloading before now because I like to be sure of what I promote to you guys.  Well, I’m sure now.

Carb Nite, the more widely used of the two, is a basic fat loss plan for anyone looking to get their metabolism back to a healthy place and lose body fat.  If I were to guess, I would say more women use Carb Nite than men, but I am only speculating.  The general premise is about timing carbohydrate consumption to allow for maximum glucose control while still giving your body enough carbs to keep hormones in line and keep you from living forever in ketosis.  Some people seem to do okay in ketosis for long periods, but I believe most people (myself included) function much better and experience better energy levels when not in ketosis.  I have tested Carb Nite on many different clients now, admittedly all female so far, and have seen some excellent results.

Carb Backloading is mostly aimed at men, but many women use it, too, if the way they exercise is conducive to the plan.  Similar to Carb Nite, carbohydrate timing plays a big role, but an integral component of Carb Backloading is heavy lifting.  If you are interested in losing fat while keeping as much muscle mass as possible, Carb Backloading is amazing.  I have used it personally and it works like clockwork for me.

Both plans are easy to implement and easy to maintain, especially when compared to the ridiculousness of the many forms of starvation diets out there.  If you are already eating a paleo diet, or even if you aren’t, these plans are simple enough to add to your health and fitness journey wherever you happen to be.  Okay, I’m done.  Go check out Carb Nite and/or Carb Backloading.  You won’t regret it.

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Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 95

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 95 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!  Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • The Ultimate Stress Episode!

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