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The reason why the latest fad in fitness and health probably doesn’t work for you

  • Posted by Catherine Tumelty
  • 18 September 2017

Are you paleo? Does keto work for you? Do you intermittent fast? 80/20? HIIT training work for you? Strength training? High carb? Yoga? Pilates? Should I keep going? I could, but I won’t because there is a decent chance that you’ve tried a number of those things to little or no avail with next to no change in your health or fitness.

I suppose you’ve wondered why that paleo diet worked so well for your colleague at work yet has done nothing for you. Or why you don’t seem to respond at all to HIIT training at 5:00am in the morning, yet your neighbour raves about the Boot Camp session that they are doing. I’m getting a bit repetitive here, so I’ll let you in on a secret. The reason that you don’t respond the same way to your colleague or neighbour is because you are different. Really different. Much more different than you think.

In most studies done on the now multitude of different fitness and diet modalities, we only usually see a real difference being made to about 30% of the participants. Even the magic of the Mediterranean diet, which we have been told that we should all be consuming, only provides the health benefits that we associate with this type of eating to about 60% of people. What this means is that there is only a near 50/50 chance, or less, that you’ll receive any benefit from following even the most well researched and validated health trends.

So what do you do? There are two options. The first is to not get bogged down by keeping at the latest method that you are trying that is offering no observable and tangible benefits. Paleo might not be for you and your physiology. Keto, whilst working for some, may just not suit your genetics and body morphology. If you find that you are not seeing any benefits from what you are following at the moment just cut your losses and move on. Don’t give up – I absolutely stress that. Just move on to something else. And I can tell you, there are plenty of options, as frustrating as that sounds.

The good news is that there is a large amount of studies being done on genetics and health, food and exercise prescription. This will have the effect of taking the guess work out of your lifestyle and health choices. This goes well beyond the scope of this article – I could not possibly discuss all of the recent advancements here - but if you would like more help and information on what is happening in this field please feel free to contact me at and I will happily discuss with you.

Yours in Health!


Blog post courtesy of Chris Dounis, Senior Personal Trainer at Fit n Fast St Peters

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