I follow a few “gym meme” accounts on social media because they are funny, and a few memes have cropped up about some guy calling himself “The Liver King“.
His shtick was “primal” eating or something and he would eat raw meat and claim it has all sorts of health benefits (I am basing this on what others have said, I never heard of the guy until now). The guy is ripped and the message is clear: do what I do and you can look like I look.
Then to the surprise of literally no one, it turns out that he was using around $12,000 a month in steroids/HGH (I don’t know the difference).
Well, you could knock me over with a feather. Eating raw liver doesn’t make you ripped like that?
These sorts of scams appeal to people because we want something but don’t want to work for it. We want the shortcut and so we chase the latest fads, over and over. I remember as a kid when yogurt became popular and they advertised that people in Russia lived to be 100 while eating yogurt, implying that yogurt was the reason. Most yogurt now has so much sugar in it that it probably shortens your lifespan.
Over the course of the half century of my life I have seen countless “get slim quick” fads come and go. This diet or that diet, this new exercise machine or that one. The South Beach diet or Keto or the Paleo diet, a Bowflex or Crossfit or a NordicTrack. What I have learned is that there isn’t a silver bullet or a magic potion.
There is only the work.
You either put in the work or you don’t. You eat better or you don’t. While there is advice that is better than others, and it does matter what you eat and how you exercise, what really matters is doing the difficult stuff and doing it when it is difficult. It sucks getting up super early when it is cold as hell, driving to the gym in the dark and working out when you would rather be in bed. There isn’t a shortcut to doing it, you can’t stay in bed or eat like crap but still get the results you want. Every day is a struggle and every day requires a decision.
No one can do it for you and no one can make you. I need to set the alarm tomorrow for fairly early to get my workout in before I take care of work stuff. If I shut off the alarm and don’t go, that is on me and no one else. There isn’t a substitute for your feet hitting the floor, not for any amount of money.
Make your choice this weekend, do the work or don’t, get the rewards or deal with the consequences. Whatever you do, don’t blame anyone else.