I know Han Solo. And you, sir, are no Han Solo.

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Everyone knows that guy. You know, that guy who’s witty, always cracking wise, and good at almost everything he does. And not only does he know it, he’s not afraid to tell you.

That guy is also Han Solo.

And pretty much all sci-fi geeks want to be him at some point in their lives. So they try to act like him–cool, suave, and unfailingly confident.

But let me tell you something: being around Han Solo in real life would be awful. His cockiness and smart-assery would not be fun. It would make you tune him out. It would make you ignore him.

And as we get into fitness, losing weight, and living a healthy lifestyle, I’m sorry to say that most of us go into Han Solo mode. When we find something that we’re good at, and we want everyone else to know that we’re good at it. We want to help them be good at it.

The problem is they don’t need our help. Even though you can make that Kessel Run through the gym in under 12 parsecs, you don’t have to tell everyone else how to improve their runs.

I mean, fitness is a funny thing. Despite there being a lot of science to back up doing how you do your Kessel Runs, there are always people who can do theirs the exact opposite way and get results.

Maybe they are the only ones who can see the results. But they’re results. Maybe their results wouldn’t suitable for you, but that doesn’t matter.

Think about this: if you’ve ever lost any weight, have you ever been told that you’ve already lost too much? That you were losing weight in an unhealthy way and that you should be doing something else…like they did when they lost weight?

Negative peer pressure is a sure way to ruin someone on fitness forever. By imparting your “knowledge” and “expertise” to someone who didn’t ask, you’re not saving the day as they fly down the Death Star trench. You’re taking potshots at their X-Wing so you can steal their medal back on Yavin IV.

Have you ever have someone tell you that what you’re doing doesn’t work? I have. When I started losing weight in 2010, people told me that the low-glycemic index wouldn’t be enough to lose weight without lots of exercise.

Then I dropped 30 pounds without lifting a finger.

The same goes for running and lifting. I hear tons of people say that you can’t lose weight with a pure cardio regimen. Yet here I am, 140 pounds lighter and never stuck with weights for more than a week.

So the next time you hear someone say they’re working out in a way different than you are, don’t be Han Solo. Don’t tell Lando how to fly the Millennium Falcon. The ship was his first, buddy. He might not know every inch of the ship like you do, but he sure as hell flew her well enough to blow up the Death Star and save your butt down on Endor.

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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  1. Stacey

    I love this post. What works for one person may be totally ineffective for another. I hate when people push their fad diets on me, too. Paleo advocates and super low carb diets – I know I couldn’t do a diet like that. I lowered my cholesterol to normal via plant foods, lean protein and omega 3 supplements. A diet heavy in meats would not be good for me. I am primarily paying attention to GI and eating plenty of veg. Your accomplishments are inspiring, and I’m glad you started this blog!

    • B.J. Keeton

      It’s hard for me to walk the line between telling folks this worked for me, and me understanding that might not work for them. I do get really irritated at fad diets, though. I did low GI–eating like a diabetic–but as a guideline to eating better and not trying to push buzzwords and restrictions.


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