Training for weight loss is not complex. It’s not.
I don’t know how many more ‘discoveries’ they can possibly make about the link between diet, exercise and weight loss. I feel like the link is pretty clear.
Training for weight loss is a very simple concept made complicated by a lot of people. You could lose weight just by walking. It might not be the most efficient way to lose weight, and definitely not the most fun, but if all you wanted to do was to lose weight and you were committed to your ‘walking training program’ it would be effective.
Now I am not suggesting that weight loss is easy. Clearly it isn’t. Training for weight loss is difficult, but it is not complex – and there is a difference.
Difficult means that something is hard to do. In the case of weight loss, it is both physically hard to do, and mentally hard to do. In fact, the ‘biggest’ challenge with weight loss programs is mental – compliance. The ‘science’ that they talk about with weight loss training is in finding ways to make people commit to a training program.
Complex means that it is hard to know what to do. Training for weight loss is definitely not complex. You would have to have been living under a rock for the past 30 years not to know how to lose weight. Have a look at Michelle Bridges 12wbt example program and tell me that you couldn’t have written this yourself
By contrast, training for sport is complex, consisting of many different and connected parts. It requires a deep understanding of the muscles and movements used in your sport and the exercises needed to improve your performance of those movements. Then there is the balance of different types of training – because each type of training causes a different (and even opposite) adaptation. For example, when you train for long distance running, the adaptations can actually make you worse at sprinting. This is why you don’t see many marathoners playing in the NBA (or visa versa).
Calling training for weight loss complex is both misleading and insulting to other types of training that are actually complex. Training for weight loss is hard work, but the problem and the solution are obvious.
Far from defeating, the distinction is meant to be empowering…. It means that if you are training for weight loss, you know what to do. And you can improve your chances of being successful by focusing on compliance – anything that makes it easier for you to follow your program.
Cameron is the Director of Pro Training Programs