So we are at the time of the year where we as people traditionally do the very worst job of eating right. With that being said, trying to share a blog about eating healthier seems like a terrible idea right? Or is it? The truth is, that what we eat and put into our bodies needs to be on our minds everyday and that includes the holiday season.
Recently, I read a short article written by SUCCESS Magazine editor Darren Hardy that addressed this very subject and I wanted to share it with you today.
When it comes to eating healthy, it has to be a decision that you make. A decision, that you are willing to stick with because most people don’t get overweight overnight and they don’t get skinny overnight either.
The weight gain/weight loss formula is very simple indeed:
Number of calories consumed – number of calories burned = Net weight gain/loss
It really is that simple. If we burn more calories than we take in, the net number will be a negative number and we will lose weight. If we consume more calories than we burn, the net number will be positive and we will gain weight. It is as simple of a mathematical formula you will find, so why do we try to make it so complex?
I think we try to make the equation more complex than that because if it appears more complex, it is easier to justify our failure to be successful at it. Well, we all need to stop it. It is a simple formula and if we don’t get the results we want, it is our own fault and we need to just live up to that.
There are different areas of the formula that you can focus on. You can concentrate on the calories consumed portion and just try to limit what you eat. You can do this through dieting, eating healthier foods or simply portion control. If you can reduce the amount of calories consumed enough, you can still lose weight without any significant calorie burning through exercise.
You can also focus on the calorie burned portion of the equation. By increasing the amount of exercise you perform, you can burn more and more calories based on how hard and how long you work out. If you burn enough calories you can lose weight without changing your eating habits at all.
While both of these methods can work, they require being extreme on either end whichever you choose. The one requires a diet that would be very hard to stick to long-term. The other requires an exercise regimen that would also be very hard to stick to. If your plan is not something you can stick to and do consistently. If you cant do it over the long haul, then you simply won’t be successful. That is where most of us fail.
A much better approach is to try to address both inputs into the equation. Adjust your diet so that you are eating smaller portions and healthier foods. At the same time, try to find ways to increase you level of activity. The key in my mind is to start out gradually. Nothing extreme with diet or exercise. Make it easy to do and something you can stick with. Over time, as you see your weight start to drop you will gain confidence and motivation to lose even more. At that time you can try to make further cuts in what you eat and increases in the amount of exercise you perform and will increase your results.
Keep in mind, that we are not just talking about our appearance and how others see us and how we see ourselves. We are also talking about a health decision here. A decision to be more healthy so we can be on this world as long as we can, not just for us, but the people we care about and who care about us. If you are having trouble doing it for yourself, then do it for them.
I know that this is an area that I really need to focus on in my life and I am going to be doing this right along with you. So if you choose to do this with me, then we can do it together. Just remember, only thing that can stop us is ourselves.
The No. 2 Instrument of Death
by Darren Hardy
What do you think causes more deaths in the United States each year?
- Car crashes
- Drug overdoses
- Firearm accidents
All of those combined don’t total a third of this insidious instrument of death: food.
We are literally eating our way into the grave.
Obesity (caused by bad diet and lack of exercise) kills some 400,000 people in this country every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Only smoking-related diseases account for more deaths, with a total of 435,000 annually, the CDC reports.
A staggering 129.6 million Americans are overweight or obese—that’s two out of every three people in this country. Think about it. While our ancestors battled disease, famine and other deprivations, we are killing ourselves—with excess.
On top of that, we no longer have to chase down and kill our own food. Instead, we chase the world while sitting in front of a computer screen all day, every day, often neglecting to schedule in some form of physical activity. A recent article in The New York Times cited several studies showing that sitting for extended periods—at a desk, in front of the TV, etc.—leads to weight gain and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and early death.
Author Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biologist, detailed how the body shuts down following prolonged periods of sitting, causing a metabolic disaster of such proportions that even getting a full hour of exercise each day can’t offset the impact.
We DO have a healthcare problem, and most of it is SELF-inflicted. We aren’t taking proper care of our own health. We need a new healthcare policy, and I don’t mean one enacted by Washington—but one enacted by you. You are the only one responsible for what you put into your mouth and how often you move your body.
Physicists say everything is made of energy. Energy is our life force and vitality. What you eat and drink either feeds, frees and bolsters your energy, or it dampens, hinders and stifl es that energy. Your lifestyle—how you move and rest—either circulates, awakens and replenishes that energy, or it burdens, depresses and quells it.
I wish you joie de vivre (the joy of living)!