I get a lot of messages and try to answer as many as possible, but here are some blanket replies to the most popular ones in case I’m unable to get back to you.

Can I buy your book in (not Canada)? Why Can’t I get Kindle outside Canada?
This is complicated. Bear with me.

We sold only Canadian rights for Lose it Right to Random House Canada. Therefore, the only way to get an electronic version of my book is if you’re actually in Canada. Or unless you can figure out how to game the system and make the system think you’re in Canada. I’m not endorsing this, but it’s been done. No, I don’t know how and if I did I probably wouldn’t tell you because it’s likely unethical on my part.

The best way for those outside Canada to get my book, in most cases, is to order a hard copy it from Amazon Canada and pay to have it shipped. If you’re in the U.S. the Canadian dollar is usually pretty favorable and the shipping isn’t that bad so it doesn’t cost more than buying it at your local bookstore. If you’re in Australia, well, I’m sorry. It’s going to be a bit expensive. People have done it though. G’Day to those mates.

Will your book ever be available in (my country)?
That’s a good question. The answer is: I’m not sure.

First off, the reason why it’s not available in the U.S. directly right now is simple: it didn’t contain nearly enough bullshit. As my agent says, “The United States is ground zero for stupid diets.” We tried, but we could not get a major publishing house to bite for this book because there was no silly gimmick. I could have sold it to a mid level publishing house, but have made the strategic decision to wait for a better offer from a big house.

The reason why I’m waiting is that I’m getting ready to pitch my next book. I think there is a much better chance this one will get an offer from a major house in the U.S., and if that happens then we can possibly bind Lose it Right to that deal. If my second book does (cross fingers) end up doing well then it’s possible Lose it Right could end getting rights sold in other countries.

It’s all a waiting game. Thank you for your patience.

Can you help me?
I get a lot of questions. If the answer is quick, I’ll try hard to reply. But here are some blanket answers.

  • If it’s medical advice or detailed nutritional advice of any kind, I won’t give it. I’m not a doctor or a registered dietitian. Please consult a properly credentialed expert. Word of mouth can be a good way to go. Use caution to ensure the expert you consult is actually a good one.
  • If you’re asking me about a specific article I wrote to find to send you, please try Google first. Type my name followed by something to do with the article. If you are wondering if I’ve written about OrangeTheory Fitness then type: “james fell orangetheory fitness” into Google and I bet it will be the #1 result. If you’re certain I’ve written on something and have exhausted Google, message me again and I’ll try to help.
  • If you’re seeking personal training programming, that’s not what I do. Here is an article I wrote that can help you find someone qualified.
  • If you want to hire me as your consultant, note that this is more “big picture” strategic lifestyle planning. More details are here.
  • If you’re looking for advice about caloric deficits, this guide has helped a lot of people.
  • If you’re wondering about cardio vs. weights, this guide is helpful.
  • If you’re wondering what I think about [stupid bullshit product], then it’s quite likely that I think it’s a stupid bullshit product.
  • If you’re wondering about protein powders, read this. If you want to know more about protein intake in general, read this as well.
  • If you’re wondering what I think about dietary fat intake, start with this, then this, then this.
  • If you’re wondering about muscle building supplements, the primary one I think that could be worth taking is creatine, although I do not take it. Read my article here about it.
  • If you’re wondering what supplements I take, the answer is Vitamin D. In the winter. Because Canada. I’m not even sure it’s worth it. The science seems to be evolving.
  • If you’re wondering about (supplement x, y or z), I recommend you visit examine.com.
  • If you’re wondering about my fitness regimen, lifting weights, running and cycling makes up about 90% of it.

I wanted to send you this bit of fan mail because I like your page and you helped me
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I greatly appreciate these messages and they make me feel great. Keep on rocking.

Will you promote this article I wrote?
No, sorry. I very rarely share other people’s articles on this page. I mostly use it for promoting my own work and the work of a small group of other highly knowledgeable professionals.

Can you give me some advice on how to make it as a writer?
The advice I have on this could fill a small book, and maybe I’ll write such a book one day. In the mean time, the best advice I can give you came from Johnny Carson: “People will pay more to be entertained than educated.”

You can both educate and entertain. Realize that when people read articles, they’re often looking to kill time. You must keep them interested by telling a good story.

To learn good story-telling skills, you need to read a lot, and not just fitness. I actually read very few fitness authors. Read politics and entertainment and memoirs and fiction and about social issues. Find several authors who feel like they really speak to you and read their work consistently and examine how they turn a phrase. Conglomerate it all into your unique voice. My biggest writing influences are all novelists: Steven Brust, Roger Zelazny and John Varley.

Start with smaller publications and work your way up. Demand to be paid, even if it’s not that much. Be a relentless salesperson of your own work. Be nice to editors but still harass them, politely.

And never write for Huffington Post. They don’t pay and many respectable publications consider it a blight on your record as a writer. If you need practice to get better, start a blog instead. Come up with a good URL and sink some money into design. You can get good designers in eastern Europe for cheap using elance.com.

Why is your website / social media called “Body for Wife”?
The answer to that question is here.

What other books on nutrition and exercise do you recommend?
Rather than link a bunch of books, I’m going to drop names of people I know who consistently crank out good work. Google them or type their name into Amazon.

  • Yoni Freedhoff (general weight loss)
  • Nick Tumminello (exercise)
  • Brad Schoenfeld (exercise)
  • Bret Contreras (exercise)
  • Susan Kleiner (sports nutrition)
  • Nancy Clark (sports nutrition)
  • Lou Schuler (exercise and nutrition)
  • Georgie Fear (nutrition for weight loss)
  • Spencer Nadolsky (general weight loss)
  • Alan Aragon (everything nutrition)

Is weight loss really just about a caloric deficit?
Yes. If you want a bunch of scientific evidence for this, then it’s found in this article. If you want to know more about a smart way to achieve a caloric deficit, then read this.

I love you
I love you too, as a friend.

How can I learn more about you and your story?
Read this.

Is obesity a disease?
According to both the American and Canadian Medical Associations it is. I find them to be more trustworthy sources for opinions on this subject than some random person with an internet connection. If you want more details, along with understanding a population-level solution to obesity, read this article.

I was in a caloric deficit but still didn’t lose weight
There are medical conditions and medications and genetics that all can make weight loss more difficult for some, but the reality is that if you truly were in a deficit, you would have lost weight no matter what. Read this article for more information.

What is your opinion of bodybuilding / physique competitions?
Not my monkeys. Not my circus.

I don’t have anything against them in principle. I have never and almost certainly will never compete in any kind of physique competition. I do not offer advice of any type on how to prepare for such a competition. I know some people are empowered by them and can do them healthfully (both physically and psychologically) and good for them.

However, it’s not something I personally recommend because they can end up doing damage to some. I am cautious about focusing too much on vanity as a motivator. I think some vanity can be good to help you achieve your goals, but too much can send you off the rails.

Do you even lift?
I can lift your mom. Tell her I said hi.

I’m upset with you because reasons
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