I quit dieting in 2010.
Have you realized that some things were just so temporary, ill-fated and too futile to continue doing?
For me, the thought going on a diet is rarer than the thought of me eating candy or drinking soda. You would really have to search and dig deep to find any reason for me to go on a diet. Maybe, you could pay me to go on a diet.
Lifestyle & Environment are keys to unlocking meaningful health.
No longer is it, “You are what you eat,” because now the phrase is, “You are what you absorb.”
Even more, components of our intake that we do not absorb either needs to be processed by the digestive system and detoxified otherwise undigested nutrients could become a serious harm. In truth, you’ll never get the results you want without supporting the gut and digestive process in some way.
Reasons to Care about Body Composition.
I wanted to provide some background motivation for people who are interested in transformation, especially as it relates to body composition, muscle hypertrophy, and the slimming of adipose cells.
1. Adipose tissue, otherwise known as body fat, can disrupt the hormonal system and cause inflammation.
Body fat is not simply a caloric storage unit. Body fat is much more complex than that. Body fat is part of the endocrine system and is contributes to inflammatory and metabolic diseases due to the inflammatory hormones it releases.
Excess adipose tissue = excess inflammation = onset of metabolic diseases = painful pathway to death.
2. Muscles are essential to quality of life.
Strong, balanced muscles are a blessing to all those who wish to enjoy quality movement and an upright posture. We don’t often appreciate our muscles until we get injured or lose function somehow. Becoming older does not mean you have to suffer from a bad back, hips, knees, or shoulders.
Muscles support the body and can take a lot of the stress off of your joints. Muscles can store carbohydrates in addition to the plethora of amino acids in muscles. Muscles can be broken down into essential nutrients to support brain function in times of need.
Furthermore, muscles can atrophy and muscles can hypertrophy in hours or days. Because our bodies can regenerate muscle cells so quickly, they are greatly affected by the nutrients we ingest on a daily basis.
3. More muscle = more bone mineral density.
Along with strenuous physical activity, bones are encouraged to store valuable minerals which not only makes the bone stronger, but also regulates crucial features of human metabolism.
For example, the minerals in bone regulate human pH so that if you consume something highly acidic like soda, your body will actually pull calcium from the bones in order to balance the acidity of the soda.
People who drink a lot of soda or consume a lot of sugar are more likely to get osteoporosis.
Other foods may be acidic and contains acids, but due to the minerals are actually more alkaline forming in the body. For example, lemon juice contains minerals that nourish the body, while soda contains ingredients that deplete the body.
4. You get to make choices in how you will eventually perish and what your end of days will look like.
We will all die, that’s a fact. Knowing that I will die one day gives me courage to love today. However, there is a big difference between dying from preventable diseases in your 60’s and 70’s vs living an active lifestyle into your 90’s.
People who are in their 20’s and 30’s are trending to experience diseases earlier and more frequently than the baby boomers did during their 40’s and 50’s. If you consume the standard, mainstream food products and eat food mostly for coping… well let’s just say be glad you are reading this now, because transformation is on the horizon.
By caring about your body composition, you will be able to stand tall and proud, and you will be able to set an example for your grandchildren and your great grandchildren.
5. Confidence and physical appeal.
In my experience, true confidence does not come from having a nice body. True confidence comes from accomplishments and overcoming challenges.
How can you turn your challenges into opportunities to help yourself and others?
Barriers are a gift. Barriers and obstacles are what you wash away or transform into something more meaningful and productive for you. We generally need some sort of suffering or misery in order to transcend quickly. All thoughts can be reframed and all questions can be asked in different ways.
Are you willing to transform yourself from deep within?
Transformation is about your relationship to nature, the planet, and the universe.
Do you dare to consume the freshest foods?
Are you able to stay hydrated instead of reaching for the depleting can of diet soda?
Can you fathom enjoying the temporary feeling of hunger?
Would you be willing to accept that you need to develop a new, greater awareness of yourself in order to move forward?
Everything is connected.
You, me, the air and the trees.
There is no nothing, there is always something.
All things happen for a reason.
BE THE REASON!
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