Jan 27 2017

What It Means To Commit To A Healthy Lifestyle (Pt 1)

  What’s the difference between the guy that obtains his ideal body then promptly loses it; vs the guy who gets there and keeps it?  Lifestyle change.  Going to the gym a few times a week doesn’t amount to much if the rest of your life is in disarray.  Many…

 

What’s the difference between the guy that obtains his ideal body then promptly loses it; vs the guy who gets there and keeps it?  Lifestyle change.  Going to the gym a few times a week doesn’t amount to much if the rest of your life is in disarray.  Many factors that make up poor health we accept as normal, they’re not normal, just common.  A shift is need on how you see yourself and your surroundings to aquire a healthy life.  Living well should be seen as important as paying into your pension, because without health, all that money you’ve accrued goes toward accomodation in nursing home and a private nurse.  I started with three areas I consider important, but after a few coffees it morphed into six!  So here’s 1-3 (in no particular order)…

1.   Food.  If you don’t take responsibility for what’s going into your mouth, no-one will. 

You’re no longer a baby, don’t lack responsibility like one.  Some people try to skip this by ‘buying healthy’ from restaurants like Pod or Leon, but these companies care little about your waste line or cholesterol levels, they care about your money.  They are not obligated to accurately record their nutritional value accurately, and in most cases it’s beneficial to under record.  When you prepare your own food you take control back, and allow yourself treats without feeling bad. You don’t need to be a monk.  A 2500 calories per day diet (average maintenance for a male) with 20% of your calories allowed to ‘junk’ equates to:
2 glasses of wine, or two bars of chocolate or even a burger per day, without putting on a gram of fat!

2.  Move.  If you want to be health, you have to get off your ass.

Too many of us spend 10 or more hours seated per day, a few hours in the gym won’t undo that.  You need to get up and move.  After a new minutes of sitting your calorie burn slips to 1 calories per minute, so a few squares of dark chocolate may take 2 hours to burn off!  Our clients are recommended to take a minimum of 10k steps per day, which will burn you ~ 350 calories per day, ~ a pound of fat per week!  Add exercise to this and you’ll scorch that fat off in no time.

3.  Training.  If you’re someone who counts a ‘good’ workout on how many  calories you’ve burnt, you’re missing the point. 

Effective calorie burn is attained after the workout, from the muscle you’ve built –  not during.  A healthy lifestyle means having a goal beyond burning-off your love-handles, you need to ask “what’s beyond that?”  A lifestlye change doesn’t end at looking better, it’s ongoing.  Personally I think being able to perform chin-ups is a brilliant goal, you have to have good body composition to do so (positive balance of fat vs muscle), and it’s incredibly empowering.

Next week I’ll go thorugh points 3-6, I think they’ll be a few you didn’t expect to see…

 

Author

Salman