Fitness Leadership

The Reality of Fat Loss

There are no natural shortcuts to fat loss or muscle-building – physically or mentally.

I was an obese dysfunctional 12 year-old. My fat loss was excruciating. My muscle-building was even more hell. I’ve been working out like a maniac for 42 years continuously – naturally. No anabolic steroids. No fat loss pills, No performance-enhancing drugs. I have been fighting fat for over four decades and I learned one lesson – THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. I don’t drink any alcohol, I don’t eat fast food, I don’t eat junk food. The reason is if I do, I will return to obesity. That’s not an option. I won’t. Flat out refuse.

I am purebred/pureBREAD Italian which means I am genetically engineered to consume endless volumes of bread. To make matters worse, I have a broken OFF switch. If I start, I can’t stop. If I could, I would eat pound of grimy chicken wings and pizza. Loads of them. If I could, I would eat tons of carbs for sheer pleasure. I don’t. I hurts like hell but I eat 6-7 small meals per day, each one with about 30 grams of protein, and moderate good carbs. I run 45-60 minutes EVERY DAY. I lift heavy weights, EVERY DAY. My motivation is my memory of obesity. Contrary to popular myth, I live in the past because I refuse to repeat the nightmare parts. I wilol never erase the memories of childhood obesity to make sure that I don’t repeat history.

Here’s the key – not being obese became a basic survival need. Not a want, not a desire, not even a need. I need it badly. I need NOT to return to obesity as much as I need to breathe. When you need it that bad, you’ll change.

If you’re discouraged, if you’re tired, if you’re frustrated do yourself a favour – remember there are no shortcuts and make it a basic survival need to never return to obesity. And don’t believe the bullshit of shortcuts.


Gino Arcaro has written 12 books. He started his writing career by writing 6 best-selling academic law enforcement textbooks. Then he changed his focus and wrote 6 non-academic books to compete on a new stage. The first book is Soul of a Lifter, available in paperback and e-book. The book is about how lifting is a life-saver – lifting others and lifting weight. Dual-purpose lifting. You can review all Gino’s books them by clicking here.