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A New Beginning

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I started the Art of Weight Loss officially about two years ago, and traffic has grown exponentially since then, getting feedback from people, learning about people wanted and what they needed.

For a few months now I’ve had a monkey on my back.

On one hand I wanted to provide an online resource that was highly specific, targeted and appropriate for people with weight loss ambitions and I will continue to do so.

The subject is actually near and dear to my heart, because the topic of obesity hits hard to home.

I’ve luckily never dealt with personal obesity, at my greatest weight I was about 190 lbs (I’m 6’1″) and 7% body fat, which doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of common ground between me and the people I work with regularly.

What most people don’t know is that my parents pushed me into a life of athletics and relatively healthy eating, in part I think due to their own situation.

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Am I Genetically Doomed to Be Overweight?

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I’ll cut straight to the chase.

I can’t prove, nor can I disprove this notion, and I don’t think science can either at this point but I can provide some really good insights for you.

1) We have yet to identify any ‘big’ or ‘small’ or ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ gene or genes, or combination of genes.

2) But this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist…

3) Even if they did, that’s not how Genes work within human physiology.

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Is High-Impact Exercise Bad for Me?

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Have you ever been told that running, jumping, bounding, skipping or galloping is bad for your joints because it’s high impact?

What if I told you this wasn’t a full truth? What if I told you that it’s just like the myths that ‘fat is bad for you’ and ‘carbohydrates are bad for you?’

‘High-impact’ training, which is difficult to define in the first place, basically got a bad rep in the 1990’s and like fat, the myth just doesn’t want to seem to die out already.

At the time it was thought that high impact activities created too much ‘wear and tear’ on the joint, leading to a belief that it might also be leading to arthritis.

 

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Tim Ferriss’ DiSSS Method for Weight Loss

220px-Timothy_Ferriss Timothy Ferriss has a history of doing the least amount possible for the biggest possible outcomes.

He’s the best-selling author of three books that attack an underlying principle he’s termed ‘Minimum Effective Dose’ (MED – A term he’s slightly altered and borrowed from the pharmaceutical industry), or the minimum you can do in order to get the result you’re looking for.

The ultimate learning hacker, his first book was a productivity hack book (The 4-Hour Workweek), followed by an even more popular fitness and health body hack book (The 4-Hour Body).

*That last book borrows heavily from a lot of the fitness and health professionals I mention on my resource page.

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The Fifteen Physical Commandments

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a very long time, way back from when I wrote up our business manifesto in 2011.

Of course if you’re a regular at AofWL, then you kind of know the gist of what we’re aiming to educate on.

If you’re new though, then you may still be wondering what this site is all about (though not exactly written in stone…).

When I started writing this blog, obviously the main topic was/is weight loss, but I wanted to make sure I was giving practical advice for people who were frustrated by the empty promises of the majority of the fitness industry.

People who had unfortunately had their heads filled with a lot of non-sense.

Here are the basic principles by which I wanted to deliver you content:

 

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