You can’t go anywhere without seeing an overweight person.
The prevalence of obesity is a concern for the entire country, but more so for the people most affected by it.
Most overweight people don’t choose to be overweight. It just happens — usually over the course of many years.
But then they wake up one day and find that the disconnect between how things are and how things should be is too great. Something needs to change.
The pressure to change is felt by everyone, and how we choose to respond to the pressure is as unique as our own thoughts.
For my entire adolescence, I was self conscious of my body. The movie stars made me hate my body and I tried dieting at least half a dozen times which ended up in complete failure.
1. Dieting is not the answer
Real dieting is a tool for a purpose. Whether or not dieting is healthy is dependent on the way certain people diet.
Dieting is what bodybuilders do before competition. Dieting is what actors do to lose weight for certain roles.
But for the average person, dieting is a way to make short term gains and feel better about yourself in the short term. However, dieting is inherently temporary.
Diets have a beginning and an end. What happens after the diet ends?
2. One size does NOT fit all
Just because the food I eat works for me doesn’t mean everyone has to follow my nutritional guidelines.
And just because my weightlifting builds my muscles and makes me feel good about myself doesn’t mean that the way I train is right for you.
But if you did happen to like what I do, or if you do happen to learn more about my nutritional habits, then I may be a good source of information for you.
The key is to seek out information that motivates you.
You are the most important part of your fitness.
3. Fitness is a balance between Life and Recovery
I hit the gym 3-4 times a week, so if I drink even two beers, it will negatively affect my recovery and make me worse off the next day.
Your fitness level is directly related to the stress of your life in correlation to your recovery.
Recovery is defined as all things and activities that nourish the body (e.g. 8 hours of sleep, stretching muscles, drinking water, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, dietary fats, omega-3 fatty acids, etc).
If you are having a difficulty recovering from everyday life, then it may not be the right time for you to begin a serious exercise program. However, light-to-moderate exercise may be more appropriate in order to decrease stress and maintain current fitness levels.
4. Nine out of ten people are nutrient deficient
You may say, “Hey, I feel fine, how can I be nutrient deficient?”
My idea of nutrient deficiency may be different than the doctor’s idea of a deficiency.
If you get sick or have colds, you are nutrient deficient. My rationale is that targeted nutrition does maintain a ROBUST immune system, which is linked to an optimal endocrine system, in addition to the central nervous system.
While a lot of people are deficient in the basic Vitamin C, most people may not be getting optimal levels of nutrients that they have never even heard of!
That makes sense, because how can people improve their nutrient status if they do not even understand the potential of nutrients at our disposal?
Examples of lesser known nutrients that will boost recovery, health:
-Phytonutrients from vegetables like Kale (indole-3-carbinol — preferably from raw), Beets (betacyanins), and Carrots (beta-carotene)
-Enzymes from raw foods or enzyme supplementation
-Beneficial bacteria from Kefir, Yogurt, Kimchi, Raw Sauerkraut, Raw Miso, Tempeh, Natto
5. Human fitness is determined by the health, functionality, and balance of every cell in the body
I am a firm believer that you are greater than the sum of your parts.
In order for you to function optimally in a physical, mental, and emotional regard, your cells must be nourished on a regular basis.
Cells REQUIRE oxygen, minerals, coenzymes, water, fatty acids, and more. People who do not nourish their bodies with proper nutrition every single day are not functioning at optimal performance. Therefore, the highest levels of fitness cannot be achieved.
6. People who eat like sh*t, but still have amazing bodies/health/happiness have really good genes
Lets face it.
Some people can have their cake AND eat it too.
But keep in mind that it eventually catches up to them. Soon their prematurely aged skin will tell tales of atherosclerosis and other chronic diseases.
7. You will be much more successful by changing ONE thing at a time
The main reason that dieting doesn’t work is because people try to do a complete 180 in their lifestyle. They go from eating junk to eating fresh fruits and salads. In other words, they change EVERYTHING.
Changing your entire life in a day is difficult. I’ve never been able to do that.
The best way to make long term success is by focusing on one important change at a time. Over time, you will have dozens of new healthy habits that slowly became second nature to you.
8. Set clear and realistic goals
Which goal is most effective?
a. “I want to lose 20 pounds”
b. “Each day this week, I will consume one additional serving of leafy green vegetables in order to promote my weight loss goal of 20 pounds”
The first option is not even a goal. Whereas the second selection is not only achievable, but also effective.
If you chose Goal b. and consumed one additional serving of leafy greens everyday for a week, you would FEEL success. No, you would BE success.
But if you chose Goal a. you may feel like a failure after a few weeks and these negative feelings could lead to overeating and other dangerous behaviors.
9. Discover your own motivation
Don’t change yourself for somebody else.
Don’t change yourself because society wants you to be slim.
Look inside and discover what you really want with you.
Is who you are right now who you want to be in the future?
What steps can you take tomorrow to bring yourself closer to who you want to be in the future?
10. Become inspired, feel the rush of your own potential
My dad is my biggest inspiration. He is a runner, one of the best in his age group during events.
I am a strength and conditioning enthusiast. I train my body to achieve greater strength levels by busting plateau’s and trying to become the most badass dude in my gym.
Greater levels of Fitness are achievable by all.
When the focus is more about Wellness than low-body fat, the road to success becomes clearer.
Say no to disease.
Live life the way you want to.
What is it about who you are now that makes you want to be a better you?