Tuesday, September 25, 2018
This is hardly news, but all the hits have certainly helped "WW," with its shares going for $72 a pop.
Weight Watchers is yet another, of many, weight-loss programs people rely on to lose weight. Much like Atkins, South Beach, and SlimFast, "WW" offers its subscribers a structured meal plan. Whereas Atkins advocates low carbs, SlimFast favors low fat, "WW" opts for high protein. The system has a point system that's unique in it's own ways. WW does not look at calories, rather points, and a person could technically horde on certain foods, though never reach an actual point threshold. For example, oranges, peaches, and mangoes have been called Zero Points Foods. Therefore, someone could technically eat 2-3 mangoes, but that wouldn't count towards their daily value. The idea three fructose-loaded mangoes won't impact weight is pretty hokey. Absolutely everything we eat - has calories - but some systems say calories don't matter. Ok?..
Weight-Watchers, unlike many of its rivals, also has storefronts. This adds a social component, as well as a support aspect that many other programs don't have. The idea of attending meetings is something akin to AA and NA, creating a crutch for those looking to reach their transformation goals. Something about that though, just seems a little wrong to me. This isn't a room full of recovering addicts, sitting in damn near darkness, sipping coffee and eating pastries. This is a paid weight loss program where the caring ends once the money stops coming in. That seems pretty f*cked up to me.
In terms of business, WW acts a lot like giant supplement companies in the fitness industry. For example, "WW" has also inked major celebrities to represent them. A who's who of superstars have lent their names and likeness to the international venture, including Oprah Winfrey, Charles Barkley, and others. Oh yeah, it's not just the United States, this cult, I mean this movement is international and the money keeps pouring in!!
The only approach that truly works is sound nutrition, not taking any macro to the extreme, drinking plenty of water, exercising and resting. It's A LOT easier said than done. It's not glamorous - if anything - it's pretty basic. Nonetheless, fad diets will always be with us and companies will line up to profit off of them.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Bodybuilding is not an easy sport; it's not a cheap sport; it's a very selfish sport. I'm not a bodybuilder per se. I lift, I love being strong, and in my mind, with the right playlist, and enough of a sense of accomplishment after a grueling set, there have been times I've thought of myself as a bodybuilder, albeit largely in fantasy.
Mr. Universe, R.D. Caldwell Jr., is the true embodiment of a bodybuilder. He's been working his whole life towards going all the way to the top of the NPC, earning IFBB Pro League status, and then competing with the best in the world. In addition to being a top tier athlete, he's a coach, personal trainer and contest prep authority, a minister, and an accomplished member of the media. He's also a highly sought after guest poser, at a time when guys think guest posing is simply oiling up and draggin around a stage for 30 seconds to a minute, then giving some fluff speech, before dashing for the door. R.D. is an old school cat that gives the promoters, the photographers, and the fans exactly what they came for - a world class production and nothing short of it!! This is why he's so busy and why there comes a point in time where he literally has to start saying no. If human cloning were a thing, all we'd need is 1 R.D. Caldwell per NPC Zone and bodybuilding would be bigger than baseball and become more American than even apple pie!!
There's a lot about this champion that will make you pause and think about some pretty deep concepts. His faith in God is unmistakable, but he won't push it in your face. Anyone who crosses paths with R.D., will recognize a very positive aura about him; they will immediately recognize that he's someone walking in the light.
What a lot of people may not believe, is that R.D. has never used any sports enhancement supplements. He hasn't used anything that would dramatically increase muscle size, strength, or recovery. He's also never used anything to dry him out for the stage. He swears by natural, food-based supplements, hard work, determination and FAITH. He's never failed a drug test and he never will, but his word and the truth in his eyes trumps any urinalysis, blood test, or polygraph. There's scientific truth, which he has behind him, but there's also a much more powerful spiritual truth. I'm no one to judge the veracity of that second truth, but I can tell you that in my heart, R.D. is the real deal.
In the end, whichever road you take is entirely up to you, but there are, at the very least, two to choose from. Who knows, you could be the next R.D. Caldwell Jr.!! And what's crazy, is that if you ask R.D. for help, he'll reply to you, and he'll want you to succeed, because that's kind of person he is. This isn't my first article giving him props and it'll more than likely not be anywhere near my last. Be sure to look him up, say hello, and try to follow whatever tips or suggestions he gives you. Thanks for reading!!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Bodybuilding is the sport I know and love, so expect quite a bit of content on that, from insights on rising stars, current superstars, and plenty of content of the greats of the 60's, 70's, all the way to the 2000's.
Fitness, as far as I'm concerned, will deal more with exercise and health. When I write about fitness, I'll be looking more into nutrition and the general well-being of the mainstream public. I might talk about nasty school lunches, genetically modified tomatoes the size of watermelons, trans fats and/or how Big Pharma is actively trying to destroy CBD Oil for anxiety patients and/or Kratom for heroin addicts looking for a natural way to kick the habit that's ruined their lives.
For politics, there's a high likelihood I'll offend you. I'm a former Bernie Sanders delegate with a bad taste in my mouth about the Democratic Party; I also don't identify with the Republicans. I do love political rebels like Jesse Ventura, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, & Ron Paul (just to name a few). I don't fit into boxes and I absolutely hate labels!
Creative people can't sit still. We're always creating something - whether writing essays, songs, or planning the next big project. Losers hate us and are obsessed with us, but we're too busy being awesome to pay them much mind.
If you're a thinking person, you'll love this page.