Get Fat this Christmas. Seriously.

No-one says what they really think in the fitness industry. So I will.

I want you to get fat.

I want you to eat, and sit, and eat some more this Christmas break. You know why? Because that generally indicates you’ve had a good time with friends and family. You’ve been celebrating around food (as has been customary in almost all human societies since the invention of, well… hunting) and if you’re anything like me it’s been a while since you’ve been able to relax and celebrate with loved ones, away from (most of) the stress of work and life in general.

Whether you are religious or not the whole of Australia seems to slow down this end of the year, allowing us time to reflect on the year that has passed and the year that is ahead, while also allowing time to strengthen relationships that may have drifted apart as the year has progressed. I encourage you to take this time for reflection, and I encourage you to enjoy this holiday period, however and whatever that means for you.

Until next year (when I promise to bring back the fire for you loyal peeps!),

Josh M.



It’s not about the likes.


I don’t write for ‘likes’. I never have, and I never will. I write to provide people with an alternative point of view. I write to challenge societal norms, and to initiate discussion in a populace that is becoming accepting of information at face value. Want to know what my definition of hell is? A world with no questions. A world where what you see in the media is deemed as truth, and a world where a sizable number of followers immediately provides you social credence.

Well, followers can be bought. They can be artificially constructed and manipulated. Even Twitter’s coveted ‘verification process’ could be more of a ‘who you know’ over ‘what you know’.

The fact of the matter is with the meteoric rise of social media we have also seen a corresponding rise in the abilities of marketers and individuals to manipulate public opinion, leading factual surface dwellers down a slippery slope of engineered beliefs and confirmation bias. People don’t make decisions based on what is good for them, they make decisions based on what is sold to them.

Look deeper than the likes and follows. Look deeper than the smoke and mirrors and the clever editing and the shiny lights. Look deeper than what I’m writing here and you will realise that just by reading and commenting on my post you’ve already boosted my numbers and helped me reach a wider audience.

You don’t have to like what I write but I will tell you one thing…

Just by clicking on it, you’ve helped spread it.

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Watch Josh Mitise dismantle Charlie Pickering in 574 words…

Note: Although believing strongly in the benefits of a ‘minimally processed, whole food’ approach to nutrition, Josh Mitise does not advocate for a specific paleo protocol. Also, for those unfamiliar with Charlie Pickering or his segment discussed in this piece, please watch it here before proceeding.

Mr. Pickering.

You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but it seems we have something in common – we both enjoy picking apart other people’s stories. In this case, I wish to outline some of the ‘oversights’ in your recent segment on The Weekly: Paleo Diet.

To make this more fun, you ‘picked apart’ the Paleo Diet in six minutes. I shall pick apart your segment in 600 words.

70 words down, 530 left… Here we go.

The Weekly Introduction

You spent the first 171 seconds of your segment lowering yourself to the comedic talents of Donald Trump by poking fun at aging reporters, mis-pronunciations of words and… aging reporters.
Shitty age-jokes aside, trying feebly to set up a story as ridiculous by making fun of the pronunciation of a word by a man who is a peer-reviewed and commercially published author, a tenured professor at Colorado State University and who achieved his doctorate in exercise physiology when you were literally still shitting your underpants as a four year old is some poor quality television.

Paleo Pete the Snake Oil Salesman

Pete Evans has conflicts of interest! The doctor doing the assessing may be biased! News segments may be manipulated!

Like we didn’t know already.

In trying to further your agenda of pushing the paleo diet as ‘ridiculous’ and promoted by charlatans I would like to remind you that the Dietitians Association of Australia (Australia’s authority on dietary standards) could be perceived to have the same conflicts of interest, as they receive money from Kelloggs, Nestle and Unilever (correct me if I’m wrong, Charlie). The ‘conflict of interest’ litmus test is exactly the same.

Moving on to that “unsolicited” passer-by’s testimony – yep, one anecdote is not evidence of a cure for MS, but to use this to reinforce your point of Pete Evans being akin to a snake-oil salesman? Charlie I thought you were better than that. It’s a big step to jump from “she feels better than she did before” to Pete “selling a miracle cure at a county fair”.

Food as medicine

Fact check: T-shirts didn’t start promoting food as medicine, Charlie. Hippocrates did. You know, that guy they called the father of medicine? Satirical, yes. Designed to undermine Pete again? Definitely.

The brilliance of your production team and contempt for the medical definitions of ‘healing’ and ‘curing’ also add weight to your segment – until someone points out the medical definition of ‘healing’ is the “act or process of restoring to health” whilst ‘curing’ is “recovery from a disease”.

I think we could agree that any change in diet that minimises inflammatory agents will lead to a process that is restorative of health, Charlie – science says so.

The MINDD Foundation

The MINDD foundation mentions a whole bunch of health issues that start in the gut, which you didn’t agree with.

Unfortunately for you though, science beats law in the old game of ‘who-knows-nutrition-more?’

A little research on the Human Microbiome Project and you might find that “an ever-growing number of studies have demonstrated that changes in the composition of our microbiomes correlate with numerous disease states, raising the possibility that manipulation of these communities could be used to treat disease.

Fuck yeah – Science!

So maybe next time you wish to grill something on public television have a chat to Waleed Aly first – those professionals on The Project know how to use facts and stats to their advantage – Something you so flamboyantly neglected to do.


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The Power of Words.

Consider this:

  • You might not know what I look like
  • You might not know where I live
  • You might not know my financial status
  • You might not know how I spend my days

In fact, the only insight you might have into Josh Mitise is what you read on this page.

And that’s how I like it.

You see, many people follow others who have ‘the looks’, the assets, the finances or the lifestyle they wish to mimic. They subscribe to their pictures and they share their photos with their friends, participating in the propagation of pure imagery.

I’ll tell you one thing though: that imagery didn’t make them who they are. No, it was their relentless focus on mindset that got them there.

That body? It was sculpted by a mind focused on eating and exercise.

That money? It accumulated due to a mind focused on wealth creation.

That lifestyle? It was built around a focus on pursuing experiences.

What you don’t see in the imagery are the words that drive these situations into reality. You don’t see the battles fought with ones’ own thoughts or the mind gruelingly being chiseled into focus.

The imagery does not show the struggles with doubtful friends and family, the long hours spent rectifying mistakes or the gut-churning moments after realizing your future has no set path. The imagery cannot show you what it takes to get to a position of success – it can only show you what it appears to be when you arrive.

That’s because to become successful you require words, not imagery.

You need to be told how it is, where to start or what it takes. You need to be inspired, motivated and driven to take action.

Words can punch you in the face and set the foundation for change; images can only feed your ego.

From now on, chisel your mind into focus with the right words.

Speak to people about topics you are passionate about and see where the dialogue leads. Limit writings and audio to those that motivate, inspire or teach you. Utilize your current circumstances to best enhance your chances of success:

  • Listen to informative audios – You learned to speak your entire first language without ever reading or writing it, so what else could you learn through audio? Well, practically anything (check out the Amazon audio store for ideas to start you off).
  • Quality over quantity – Garbage in = garbage out. What you allow into your mind ultimately affects what comes out of it, so choose your inputs wisely. A small amount of insightful words are a far greater investment than a large amount of fluff.

Frankly, we need to give up the delusion that we are motivated by imagery. Images encourage our mind to frenetically interpret and filter a thousand things at once.

Words are simple. Words are easy. Words are powerful.

Surround yourself with the right ones.


Creating Clarity in a World of White Noise…

I could spend my time constructing new ‘super foods’. Or learning exercise variations for my clientele. Or expanding my BootCamp program overseas.

But let’s be honest here…

The world doesn’t need more ‘super foods’.

Exercise variations aren’t going to improve my clients’ experiences.

And although I love my BootCamp program my name hasn’t been built around exercise.

The world doesn’t need replication.

The world needs ideas.

Ideas are the spark that set off the wildfire of creation. The creation of innovative new products, valuable new services, positive new thought patterns and productive new behaviours. In fact, your entire situation is a culmination of myriad overlapping ideas you’ve previously had – where you live, where you work, how you behave, who you keep as friends – all of it.

In fact, ideas – if acted upon – are so powerful that without them the entire progressive history of mankind would be rendered obsolete and homo sapiens would still be hunted as prey in the savannas of Africa.

A new idea can change the course of history.

Yet we fill our days with static.

white noise

Static that sucks our energy towards irrelevant people and tasks and away from new learnings and ideas.

Imagine the space created in your mind if you suddenly let go of all the issues you had with other people. Imagine dedicating your time solely to learning about topics which interested you instead of tasks asked of you. Imagine if your contribution to your family, friends, workplace and social circles provided far more value than just the knowledge of what you did at the gym or your opinions on television shows.

Imagine if an idea you had significantly changed your situation for the better, and in the process brought the world along with it?

Bill Gates did it. Steve Jobs did it. Richard Branson is doing it.

And here’s how you can do it too:

  1. Start by eliminating the junk from your day – the unquantifiable garbage that requires minimal brain activity yet drains your hours. I’m talking about repeatedly refreshing social media, engaging in mundane small-talk and spending evenings glued to the television.
  1. Once you’ve cleared the junk, focus your attention on maximizing productive time. Chunk your to-do list into groups of tasks which can be completed concurrently or consecutively. More chunking = less static.
  1. Finally – explore. Your newfound brain space will provide you with the mental capacity and clarity to explore subjects and situations that excite, interest and intrigue you, paving the way for the formation of positive new ideas and outlooks.

It is inevitable – the science supporting neuroplasticity increasingly shows that our brains are far more malleable than previously thought, changing outputs depending on inputs such as environment, behaviour, neural processes, thinking and emotions.

So if you find you are investing in the static, but hoping for a change – it’s not going to happen. Your situation will begin to change the second you invest in the idea that mediocre information, people and environments will no longer consume space in your mind or drain your time.

Recognise the junk and mercilessly discard it. Chunk tasks and open up brain space. Invest energy in ideas and information that excites you.

Supercharge your situation, and leave a mark on the world in the process.

The world needs more of that.


The Bali Nine. You mean the Bali Two?

Here are seven words you might be familiar with:

Bali. Drugs. Condemned. Execution. Politics. Myuran. Andrew.

With the way these words have been thrown around lately it feels like the media is playing hot potato, where the potato is the death penalty and it’s not just hot – it’s on fire.

Whether you’re strongly for or against the death penalty, followed recent events in Bali with great interest or are simply an observer, it is almost guaranteed you would have seen the faces of Myuran Sukamaran and Andrew Chan splashed over the newspapers and commercial television stations.

Granted, the Indonesian judicial system is fraught with controversy. Granted, their system imposes penalties different from Australia’s and granted, whenever executions are scheduled strong opinions on both sides make for provocative news stories. Unfortunately though I feel the Australian media has exploited this situation, gleefully inundating us with images of the grieving families of Chan and Sukamaran while instigating biased discussion of the ‘controversial and inhumane’ Indonesian judicial system, fanning the fire for future stories and turbocharging the sales and revenue of their products and services.

But the media didn’t always sympathise with the condemned men, did they?

The picture below, dated Wednesday 15 February 2006, allegedly shows the Daily Telegraph’s front page news detailing the amount of sympathy spared for the two ringleaders of the heroin trafficking operation at that time: absolutely none.

No Sympathy Wednesday Feb 16 2006

NO SYMPATHY” screams the headline: “Their drug operation would have destroyed thousands of lives – now they’ll pay with theirs.

It is interesting to see that the same publication’s headline the day following the executions proclaimed Indonesian President Joko Widodo had “blood on his hands” for going through with the execution.

Hypocritical? Definitely.

But this is just business as usual for commercial newspapers and television channels whose very existence depend on both pandering to and polarising the opinions of the public – an existence that is designed purely to rake in profits at the expense of a public encouraged to think freely.

Therefore, I wish to now touch on some stories that have long been forgotten in this ‘Indonesia vs Australia’ execution debate. I don’t care whether you’re for or against the death penalty. I’m not interested in your views on the Indonesian judicial system, nor am I interested in how ‘bloody’ Joko’s hands actually are.

I’m interested in seven other words you might not be as familiar with:

Chen. Nguyen. Stephens. Norman. Czugaj. Lawrence. Rush.

These words are the surnames of the other seven people whose lives were completely turned upside down by a decision that was made in 2005. Still incarcerated, these seven inmates are currently serving six life sentences and twenty years between them – but where are their front page headlines? Where have they been asked their thoughts on the recent executions, and how they are dealing with the decisions potentially made for them all those years ago?

You see, I believe that the stories of Scott Rush, Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Renae Lawrence, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Martin Stephens and Matthew Norman would be equally, if not moreso, intriguing than those of Myuran and Andrew. While I can understand the grief and anguish the Chan and Sukamaran families would be going through, they would also be well aware that Andrew and Myuran were the organisers and enforcers of the smuggling group – tasked with the job of ensuring the drug run took place.

What does this mean for the lower level smugglers?

Manipulation. Coercion. Threat.

The lure of easy money is a great hook to initially entice people into considering a drug run, but once the excitement wears off and the grim reality of what is required to evade law enforcement becomes apparent it is the role of the enforcers to ensure the smugglers do not back out of a deal by any means necessary.

During their incarceration it was well documented that Myuran and Andrew would not name their bosses for fear of threats on their own families’ lives, so do you think it might have been a possibility that they used the exact same methods when dealing with their apprehensive mules in 2005? Is it a possibility that seven broken Australians are spending their lives in Indonesian jails due largely in part to Myuran and Andrew’s manipulative and coercive tactics, not allowing them a ‘way out’ when they needed it most? Do you think that these seven might want to share their stories too?

It is far too simplistic to blame a hunger for easy money for the incarceration and executions of these Australian citizens. When you get into the drug game, there is no easy money and you do not have ‘friends’.

All of these Australians were ridiculously stupid in their endeavours and they have all paid a hefty price for their decisions. But let us never forget that just because two souls have paid the ultimate price for their foolishness that their rehabilitation is any more important than the lives of the other seven they helped ruin over their thirst for money in the first place.

Is Belle Gibson to Blame?

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Is Belle Gibson to blame?

Belle Gibson, former health blogger, author of The Whole Pantry cookbook and creator of The Whole Pantry app was recently vilified for her role in the mass deception and manipulation of her online followers. Her claims lead to thousands of people believing she recovered from terminal brain cancer through the application of healthy eating principles.

But the question I ask you is this – is Belle really the bad guy here? Should Belle be the one receiving all the blame for her deception, or should we instead turn the spotlight on ourselves and assume some of the blame for allowing ourselves to believe this hype?

For the individual, social media is, and always has been, an opportunity to share the highlights of one’s existence. But being ‘media’, it is also a medium through which our existence can be manipulated, accentuated and tampered with to achieve a desired outcome. This may start in the form of a basic photo filter to achieve more likes, progress to staged photography where we shoot dozens of frames to find that one photo with the right angle, after which we may purchase a new camera to enhance our photos even more and before long we’re making up stories about our past to achieve financial and business objectives.

Belle Gibson has done some inexcusable things, granted, and in no way am I condoning the way she made her money (through manipulation and lies), but what we must realise is that Belle Gibson would not have made one single cent had we, as a society, not provided the vehicle for such deception to occur. If WE hadn’t shared her posts, recommended her to our friends and invested so deeply in her lies we would not find ourselves in this position.

Belle Gibson was an extremely savvy businesswoman who realised that social media is another art form by which to express herself, but more importantly Belle Gibson was just a product of the system that we have created for ourselves. Her lies would have been exposed in an instant had we believed the medical doctors and scientists doubting her story from the start, but hey – science isn’t as sexy as a gorgeous woman with a story that sticks it to authority.

So before we all get on our high horses and tear this woman down for one more second, we need to realise that we laid the foundation from which these people grow and flourish, so it is up to us to change OUR online behaviours to ensure this does not happen again in the future.

“When you point the finger at someone you have three fingers pointing right back at you.”