Venice Fulton, author of Six Weeks to OMG, Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends wants us to “cut the crap”, quit blaming our genes and finally lose those extra pounds once and for all. In addition to some rather unconventional weight-loss advice–like taking a cold bath each morning and blowing up 20 balloons a day–Fulton makes one thing very clear: None of us were born to be fat, and anyone can be thin if they drop the excuses and follow his no B.S. advice.
To find out more–and cut through the tons of weight-loss crap out there, we talked with Venice:
What do you mean when you say “no one is born fat or destined to have cellulite”?
So many people convince themselves, “I’m just made like this” or worse still, let others tell them that. Nonsense! This thought happens as they think they’ve ‘failed’ on a diet before, when the reality is a poorly designed plan failed them. We’ve never found the remains of a heavy caveman or woman, and we never will, because we’re designed to be skinny, healthy, and energetic throughout our lives. As for cellulite, that only shows up when we get fatter than we’re meant to be in a certain area.
So genetics don’t play a role in our weight or size?
Not enough to talk about, no. I mention them in my book from a completely different perspective. Scientists are fascinated by modern advances in genetic research, and this has excited them to search for what makes us different. In doing so, they’ve forgotten to spot what makes us similar, and nail down what already works. The entire study of medicine was built on looking for similarities, and it’s been very successful in reducing diseases as a result.
Why do so many people continue to blame their parents or their genes for their bodies?
Because that’s the logical thing to do after we’ve ‘tried everything’. Most people work really hard at making a positive change, but they’re just blindly following advice without knowing why they’re doing it. Once you truly know how stuff works, you’ll realize there’s simply no reason to mention genes or parents again.
I love how you say that our bodies are more about what we “see” versus a number on a scale or even BMI. Explain that please.
BMI, invented by an astronomer, is a basic measure of your weight compared to your surface area. That’s irrelevant, unless you’re mailing yourself by Fed-Ex! Height and weight charts are equally crazy, as their invention by the Met Life insurance company was to simply make premiums easy to calculate. Ultimately, we always judge ourselves by what we see in the mirror, so it’s important to ditch any statistics which make us feel bad, or falsely soothe our egos.
You say that “everyone can be skinny.” Isn’t that a dangerous generalization? What do you define as “skinny”?
Obesity is dangerous, and that’s not a generalization. Two-thirds of our planet are now fatter than they need to be, and they will have rubbish lives because of it. Let’s take the media’s emotions out of being skinny and remember what happens in the reality of our bodies if we get fat: We’ll have an increased risk of heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and even depression. I define ‘skinny’ as heading in the opposite direction.
You say that “being skinny is for everyone.” But what about people who don’t want to be skinny?
Don’t pick up Six Weeks To OMG because it will make you skinny! You’ve got the right to look exactly how you want to look. In the book, I make a massive point about that. And if you want to look a certain way while improving your health permanently, I’ll be happy to show you how.
If everyone truly can be skinny, why aren’t they? What’s the biggest culprit that’s making people overweight today?
It’s a case of good cop, bad cop. The bad cop is the endless food supply, which has exploded over the last 40 years. We’re living in a time where you can hunt down your food via couch and cell phone! The good cop is the confusion over what’s healthy and what isn’t. The public are trying to find a needle in a haystack, and everyday the haystack is growing.
In your book, you say that people can lose ten to 20 pounds of fat (not water weight) in six weeks. How is your approach different from other diets?
First off, it’s not a “diet.” Diets always go wrong, and just make you feel bad about food. To lose 10 to 20 pounds of fat permanently, you need to become much smarter than the cliché of “just eat less and exercise more.” You need to become an expert, and that’s what the book makes you, fast. By the time you finish it, you’ll easily be more knowledgeable than any doctor or trainer. I believe it’s the first book of its kind to not have recipes, and that’s because you won’t need them.
You say that most people eat 10 times a day, but in reality, it should only be three. Aren’t smaller, more frequent meals supposed to keep our metabolism higher and aid in weight loss?
They’re supposed to, but clearly that strategy’s not working. What most don’t realize is that eating small frequent meals was suddenly promoted by the food industry in the 1970s, because they were facing a sales crisis. We’ve been getting fatter ever since. Every time you eat, your body senses energy coming in to the body, and it then blocks all energy going out, so you stop burning stored fat. The more frequently you eat, the less time your body gets to spend burning fat. Three meals a day sounds boring, but the results aren’t.
What’s the single worst food someone can eat when trying to lose weight?
No particular food is unhealthy, and don’t tell the advertisers this, but no particular food is “healthy” either! It’s only what you do over a long time which makes a difference. Having said that, there’s one type of food that ruins most people’s bodies, and that’s comfort food. If you repeatedly grab a particular food or drink whenever you feel like crap, you’ll tend to look like crap quickly. Don’t worry though, because that cycle of crap can be broken!