Bill Maher Quotes On Health And Fitness

Bill Maher is a polarizing figure: You either love him and hang on his every word, or you absolutely despise him and would love nothing more than to erase him from the face of the Earth.

On his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, he frequently does a bit known as “New Rules” where he challenges the status quo and sounds off on things he thinks need to change — with little regard for political correctness or public opinion.

In one of his recent “New Rules” segments, he set his sights on America’s health and fitness. And while he certainly isn’t the poster child for a perfectly healthy lifestyle, he made some incredible points that are near impossible to disagree with:

New Rule: If you believe you need to take all the pills the pharmaceutical industry says you do, then you’re already on drugs….

We won’t stop being sick until we stop making ourselves sick. Because there is a point where even the most universal government health program can’t help you. They can’t outlaw unhealthy food or alcohol or cigarettes. Just pot, sadly.

Because, you see, the government isn’t your nanny. They’re your dealer. And they subsidize illness in America. They have to. There’s too much money in it. … Fifty years ago, children didn’t even get Type 2 Diabetes. Now, it’s an emerging epidemic. As are a long list of ailments which used to be rare, and have now been “mainstreamed.”

Things like asthma and autism and acid reflux, and arthritis, allergies, adult acne, attention deficit disorder. And that’s just the “A’s.” …

In Hillary Clinton’s health plan, the words “nutrition” and “exercise” appear once. The word “drugs” 14 times. Just as the pharmaceutical companies want it. You know, their ad weasels love to say, “When diet and exercise fail…” Well, diet and exercise don’t fail. A fact brought home last week by a new Duke University study that showed exercise – yes, exercise – is just as effective a cure for depression as Paxil and Zoloft.

So ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you!

You know, if Republicans can sell the idea of preemptive war, Democrats have to at least get us interested in the idea of preventive medicine. Someone has to stand up and say that the answer isn’t another pill. The answer is spinach. Okay, not spinach. Turns out that crap’ll kill you. But you know what I mean!

What do you think of these Bill Maher quotes? Can you disagree with any of his statements?

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What Is The Big, Fat Health And Fitness Lie?

Kevin: Good evening, everyone. So Craig, you’ve been in the fitness industry for over 26 years and with that, I imagine comes a bit of wisdom. Why don’t you start with your story and how you’ve gotten to where you are now?

Craig: Sure Kevin. Well, first of all, I started out in the fitness industry as a personal trainer making $3.50 an hour.

Kevin: Wow.

Craig: So I’ve been in it for awhile and I grew through the ranks in the fitness industry to the executive level. I was the president of two of the largest fitness organizations in the United States. I was the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the largest chain of fitness clubs in the world operating in 11 countries. I also successfully owned and operated my own fitness company. I’ve visited 30 countries and evaluated health and fitness trends all over Russia, Asia, Europe. I’ve been to dozens of fitness conventions, purchased millions of dollars worth of equipment, supplements and other health and fitness related products and I’ve also had the ability to train thousands of health and fitness professionals around the world and help them to help other people improve their lives. So this really kind of led me to where I am today, which is to where I just got to the point where I want to do something more and that’s why I wrote my book The Big Fat Healthy Fitness Lie and founded the Fit Advocate website so that I could create a platform to protect and enhance the lives and health and fitness consumers.

Kevin: Now you just mentioned your book, The Big Fat Health and Fitness Lie which I absolutely love. What is the big fat fitness lie. Let’s just lay it on the table.

Craig: Why mince words? Let’s dig right in. The lie is that there are these billion dollar industries out there getting richer while we get sicker and fatter and with all the so-called solutions available for losing weight and improving our health, we are literally in the worse shape in the history of modern civilization. There’s big profit in sickness and in fatness, and a lot of times people question that and they think, “Oh, well we live in the United States, we’re in great health and we have the best health care system” which is a complete fallacy. Here’s an interesting fact that people should be aware of, we’re approaching some 300 million people in the U.S. and we have every year 200 million diseases that are diagnosed for conditions that could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes.

Kevin: Wow.

Craig: And we spend in the United States, 270 billion dollars on 3.7 billion prescriptions written to, not to cure anything because there’s really very few cures in modern medicine, medicine is meant mostly to mask our symptoms. So taking into our bodies a lot of toxic chemicals and you know there’s so much confusion out there and misinformation about health and fitness. So there’s a huge opportunity, unfortunately, for people to make big money on the lack of knowledge that people have about how to lose weight, improve their health, get in shape and live better. So millions of people are out there paying thousands of dollars that have no chance of helping them achieve their goal and that’s really the big fat lie.

Kevin: And let me just ask you this, you’ve been on the other side, you’ve been a part of the industry that is making a lot of money in the fitness clubs and the organizations and everything. When did you suddenly say, “Hey, you know, maybe I need to educate people about this.”

Craig: Well, first of all I never felt that the club industry was a bad industry.

Kevin: Okay.

Craig: And in my book I still am a big proponent of joining a fitness center for the average person, there are, of course, some caveat of how to get a quality club. I have an article on the ten worst tricks for the fitness industry. So I try to expose the things that I think are bad but there’s also a lot of good too, but what I did notice while I was operating all of these clubs and trying to help people is that I would talk to thousands of consumers, face to face. For a big part of my career, my job was to get out there and help, work with people in the field, club operators, managers, sales people, fitness staff members, personal trainers, to talk to them about how to help people make decisions that are good for them and the guiding principle, of course was always don’t focus on making money, focus on helping people and you will make money as a natural result, as a natural bi-produce of helping people. That’s always been one of my guiding principles, but in speaking with all these consumers, you find that the average person spends thousands and thousands of dollars on products and services that have no chance of helping them. They spend hours and hours of wasted time on information that will never help them improve their health or change their lives. So I got tired, frustrated and really kind of outraged at all of the quick fix solutions that are out there that people jump from one to the other and without really understanding the true cause of why they’re in such poor health. So I wanted to try to educate them on all of the things, the lies the deceptions while also trying to give them simple solutions for how to improve their health, how to lose weight, how to get in shape, how to live better, how to feel better with no tricks and no gimmicks for the rest of their lives. That’s really what the big fat health and fitness lie is all about and that’s really what the Fit Advocate website is all about.

Kevin: And you take a different approach in your book as opposed to a lot of the other books that I’ve read about health and fitness and it’s related to addiction. You say addiction feeds this whole lie. What do you mean by this?

Craig: Well, many people live a self-inflicted toxic lifestyle that destroys their health and feeds this lie. So what do I mean by that? Well, the definition of toxic, first of all, is poison and in our society we are surrounded by poisons, in our air, it’s in our water, some of them we can’t avoid and many of them we can, however. A lot of these poisons, they’re not going to kill us today, but instead what they do is they slowly and quietly deteriorate and destroy our health.

There’s two specific types of poisons or toxins that I talk about that create these health problems. The first, of course is chemical exposures. There are thousands of untested chemical combinations in our food supply to improve taste, texture, color or to extend shelf life. There are low calorie, low carb foods laced with toxic sweeteners that has contributed to obesity and diabetes. We’ve been conditioned to believe that sodium fluoride, for example is good for our teeth. Yet it’s a known chemical waste bi-product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industry. This chemical has been pumped into our water supply and put into our dental hygiene products for years but fluoridation has been flatly rejected by many developed countries because of the dangers and the lack of really any scientific evidence of any health benefit. Beyond that, we have toxic chemicals in our household products, our cleaning products, personal hygiene products. Fruits and vegetables have been treated with herbicides and pesticides. Chickens and cows are fed ground chicken and beef. Then pumped full of antibiotics to stave off disease from the horrific conditions in which they live and where they’re slaughtered. So we have all of those, you know, all of this chemical toxicity. That’s the first concern.

The second is the biggest toxic exposure which is related to stress, and people don’t realize this but as much as 80% of all disease is the result of stress and having had the ability to travel all over the world and visit, you know, I believe I’ve been to over 40 countries now, you find that we in America are the most stressed out country on the planet. We work more than any other activity other than sleep. Just think about our normal lives, we wake up every day and we’re running on empty from morning to night. We’ve got the pressures at work, at home, the challenges sustaining some sort of happy relationship with our significant others. We’ve got the demands of the kids, trying to pay the bills. We have all of the negativity in the news. We’re all trying to live the American dream which is predicated on financial freedom, but the truth is only a fraction of people out there actually ever realize the American dream and the rest of us are simply trying to get by, and, you know, we’re buried in a mountain of debt. All of these things add up to a lot of worry and stress and to cope with this stress, what do we do? We drink, we smoke, we take drugs, we over eat, we eat the wrong foods and we spend hours in front of the television or surfing the internet. All of these activities, unfortunately make us fat, lazy and out of shape, and what happens is this poor health that’s created from this self addictive lifestyle creates, and opens the door for these big fat health and fitness lies. One of them is companies that market, manufacture and market and sale products that have no chance of helping us and then, of course, the worse thing is when we look to synthetic chemical compounds, prescription drugs, as the first line of defense to handle our self inflicted health problems. So we really have a lot of issues that we have to deal with in order to be healthy, but people need to understand the basis of where it starts, the cause.

Kevin: Yes. How does someone take that sort of addiction or quote unquote addictive personality and turn that into fitness success?

Craig: Well the first thing they have to do is identify it.

Kevin: Yes.

Craig: You have to realize it. Here’s, here’s a fact that’s pretty important that people should know about, the number one reason that people give for not exercising regularly is that they don’t have enough time, okay. Yet the average American watches four and a half hours of television a day. So there’s an issue there with priority and people have to understand that time is the most important and the most valuable thing that we have because once it’s gone you can’t get it back. If you want to improve your health, you have to make time to do all of the things that are necessary to improve and enhance your health and your life and it’s not just exercise but it is one of the key components. So they have to first understand the issues and then have the right motivation and set the right priorities to get them to where they need to be.

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The Problem With Health and Fitness Today

The unfortunate fact is the health and fitness industry is becoming increasingly more and more about marketing and sales and less about providing quality information, products, and services. Of course, selling has always played a prominent role in health and fitness, but these days, making the sale is more important than ever. It is now common for companies and individual sellers to spend most of their time and energy developing better sales pitches and marketing tactics, as opposed to developing better products and services. In other words, health and fitness is becoming less about helping you succeed in reaching your goals and more about finding ways to manipulate you into buying a particular product or service, regardless if it will benefit you or not.

I know there are a lot of wonderful and qualified people in the health and fitness industry that do put their clients and customers needs first and provide great information, products, and services. However, the problem is most of the information and messages people are exposed to these days does not come directly from quality sources. Instead, the vast majority of the information people see and hear is from businesses or individuals trying to convey a specific message in order to make a sale. As a result, the information is typically biased and designed to manipulate your emotions and/or reinforce a company or organization’s specific point of view. To make matters worse, these messages are often disguised to appear unbiased and informational, even when they are really just targeted advertisements.

All this biased and often misleading or even blatantly untruthful health and fitness information is a source of great concern, because people are exposed to so many half-truths and conflicting messages, that the end result is often just increased confusion and frustration. To add to this confusion, even when the information is truthful, exercise and nutrition information is often presented in an over generalized way, suggesting things like there is 1 best way to exercise or 1 best way to eat and that way should be followed by everyone. A lot of health and fitness information only applies to certain people or specific situations and there is no single approach that works best for everyone, regardless of what marketers want you to believe. Every person is different and exercise or nutrition information that is useful for one person may not work for another person.

It is a shame that so much information is biased, manipulative, or inappropriately used, because a significant portion of the health and fitness industry is constantly learning more about exercise, nutrition, and other things related to how the body works and using that information to help others. Researchers are constantly performing experiments and publishing books and articles that provide honest and straightforward information about things like how to train for specific goals, how to recover after exercise or injury, and how specific foods and nutrients affect your health. Other people, including the higher quality coaches, trainers, and nutritionists take this information along with practical experience and pass their knowledge along to others. All of these people are working to provide valuable information and move the health and fitness industry in a positive direction.

The big problem is that it can be very difficult to separate the honest people providing quality information from the people creating and publicizing misleading or untruthful information. One issue is that people who provide educational information and people who are trying to sell products both use science to support what they say. People in health and fitness often use scientific data or refer to scientific studies to make others believe their claims are factual. Unfortunately, it is easy to manipulate data from a scientific study and use it to provide evidence to support things that were never actually supported by the original study. Also, to make matters worse, people who use scientific studies to reinforce their health and fitness beliefs or promote their products, often do not really even understand the scientific research or the methodology behind it.

For instance, years ago I was invited to attend a seminar by a so-called health and fitness expert. He never presented at any of the professional conferences I attended and I had never even heard of him, but apparently people pay him to fly all over the country to give his presentation. Anyway, he made references to research studies throughout his presentation to give credibility to what he was saying, but it was obvious that he had no real understanding of the studies or even how research is conducted. He tried using data to support things that had nothing to do with the study and also tried to create cause and effect relationships that were not even remotely supported by the data. Basically he made a complete mockery of the research, but since he was perceived to be an expert and the audience was mainly people without prior health and fitness knowledge, they had no reason to question what he said.

This is just one of many examples of unqualified people dispensing information from studies, but that presentation really stuck with me over the years. At that time, it was still early in my career and I could not believe that someone who had such a poor understanding of what he was presenting could be considered a health and fitness expert. Added to his poor understanding of scientific research, he also made factually incorrect statements about how different types of exercise affect the body. I still do not know if he simply did not have his facts straight or if he intentionally made untruthful statements, because he was promoting his specific exercise program and was doing everything he could to convince the audience that his program was better than other exercise programs. In any case it was obvious that he was providing inaccurate information, but he was still a successful presenter who was considered an expert in the field (at least by some people), just because he was a charismatic speaker and some of what he said could inspire people to improve their exercise and nutrition habits. It’s just a shame that his presentations did not actually contain good information.

I know I may have gone a little off track, but I think this is a great example of what is wrong with health and fitness today. Simply put, there is way too much emphasis on style (marketing and presentation) and not enough substance (quality information). There is even a growing sentiment among some members of the industry that people do not want to learn about health and fitness and they only want to be told what to do. I am sure this is true for some people, but it has been my experience that people are eager to learn about health and fitness, as long as the information makes sense and is relevant to their life.

As stated previously, even if you are looking to learn about health and fitness it can be difficult with all the less than helpful information available today. Fortunately, you do not need to have a thorough understand of research methodology or a degree in exercise physiology to determine if information is good or useful. However, there are some things that will help you distinguish the good sources of health and fitness information from the ones that are essentially glorified marketing campaigns.

First, you should not assume that just because someone is considered an expert, he/she will be a good source of information. Some experts and people who want to sound like experts will quote scientific studies or use technical or advanced terminology to just to sound more impressive or make you believe they know what they are talking about. Even if their information is 100% accurate, if you cannot clearly understand it, then it is not really useful to you. Just as with workout routines or nutritional programs, information that is beneficial to one person may be confusing or useless to someone else. The most important thing to ask yourself when learning about health and fitness is whether the information truly makes sense to you and is relevant to your particular goals, needs, and lifestyle.

Another thing to consider is that many publications, presentations, and advertisements are designed to appeal to your emotional desires and manipulate how you feel about a topic, product, or service, instead of actually educating you. In these situations, things that sound really good when you first see or hear them often provide little substance when you go back and take a closer look at them. Good health and fitness information should be educational and make sense whether you are seeing it for the first time or the fifth.

The health and fitness industry is always going to produce some amount of manipulative, misleading, or untruthful information and it can come from anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or status within the industry. In the end it is really up to you to determine what kind of information you want and expect from members of the health and fitness community. My hope is that people will become fed up with all the great sounding marketing claims and slick presentations and start demanding more quality educational information. Then the health and fitness industry can really move in a more positive direction and be in a position to truly help people live healthier and happier lives.

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