Calories Counted – Health Discounted: Is Diet Culture Misguiding Us?

Perhaps the concept of calories is similar to the symbolic concept of money. These concepts represent a standard currency of energy, resources, and value.

No doubt, food and money go hand in hand.

Just like money means different things to different people, calories contain various levels of value despite using the same numerations.

In this article, you will learn about:

  • Purpose and historical context of calories
  • Why modern humans have such deteriorating health
  • Complexities of metabolism and benefits of real food
  • Evidence of nutrients ability to burn fat (and limitations of calorie deficits)
  • Possible route forward for your own health journey

So, welcome, and let’s begin! 20 minute read. : Calories Counted – Health Discounted: Is Diet Culture Misguiding Us?
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Success is Two Steps Forward, One step Back

How failure can equal your success.

A favorite presupposition of mine helps me cope with life and thrive in all respects.

It assumes that, “There is no failure, only feedback.”

Whether this is a true statement or not doesn’t really matter. The important aspect is that you gain valuable insight from every situation, even if it doesn’t seem to go in your favor.

In other words, you grow stronger at every corner because your thoughts become your best ally instead of your worst enemy.

Taking two steps forward and one step back is a means of sustainable progress.

Sustainable progress.

You continually move forward. You recognize that there will be drawbacks, and there will be barriers.

Taking one step back allows to you recognize that which you might not have seen before.

My favorite exercise could seriously injure me.

I want strength, I crave it.

My name translates to “man, warrior, strong.” Is this my destiny?

Okay, I’ll stop BS’ing. But the reality is that my passion is of movement. Being able to physically exert a force beyond what I previously thought possible.

I can’t always save face, I can’t always succeed in the ways I want.

But I know that each step back is an experience that can take me forward.

Forward…to a reality of everlasting growth and success.

At least, that is the goal.

And this is the progress.

Don’t beat yourself up when you eat too much junk. Understand the take home message, listen to your body, and move forward.

Power of the Mind

How Setting Goals allows you to Exceed Fitness Expectations

This is how we get fitter, healthier, and happier.

Set goals and work to achieve them.

Three years ago, I could have said that all I wanted was six pack abs. Unfortunately, those abdominal crunches I was doing didn’t seem to do the trick.

If you can quantify a goal, you can make it happen.

For example, the aspiring professional wants to earn $65,000 next year. What steps must be taken to make that happen?

Just like careers, fitness goals can be quantified and then become more realistic and attainable.

To get abs, don’t worry about abs.

Eat, sleep, recover. Then hit THAT personal record.

For me, I place a high priority on a particular full body exercise that really targets the core muscles.

My favorite exercise…the Turkish Get Up.

Think about the numbers, and do what it takes.

If you want more toned arms, you can’t stick with the same weight. You HAVE to get stronger. Move up from the lighter dumbbells, use a pencil to write down your efforts, and then blast away plateau’s.

It’s easier to make several small goals interconnected to each other than it is to make one large vague goal.

For example,

Goal 1: Turkish Get Up 60 pounds for three reps.

Goal 2: Dumbbell Bicep Curl 20 pounds for ten reps.

Goal 3: Eat breakfast every day on THIS particular week.

All of these goals can support the over arching goal for physical fitness.

Quantify your goal, now today.

So that tomorrow, you are one step closer.

Physical Fitness by Dre