So Easy…

…even a caveman can do it.

Remember this line?

It applies perfectly to being healthy and staying healthy.

So often, we take what the experts tell us about eating healthy, exercising, and toning your body at face value. There are plenty of scientific names for diets, workout programs, and etc. You can do all the research in the world, but honestly, it’s very simple but the difficulty lies in the execution.

The secret is…There is no secret!

  1. Eat healthy
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Decrease stress/Sleep well (maintain mental fitness)

Everyone is built different and when it comes to weight loss and body maintenance, there is NO one way to do things. It’s one of those “All roads lead to Rome” ideas…just do the above three things in any reasonable manner and you’ll see results.

When you’re within 5-10 pounds of your target weight/muscle tone, it’s easier to maintain and sculpt your body. If you’ve been building your muscles, (lean or not) you tend to get hungrier and you’ll need to eat more than you may have before. And since you have more muscle and less fat, you can get away with exercising less without gaining the weight back as fast. But that does not mean to stop exercising altogether once you’ve reached your final goal. If you make it a lifelong habit to exercise regularly, even a daily 30 minute walk can help you maintain your body and your weight.

But if you’re on the quest for substantial weight loss, you have to work harder. If you take the quick fix and end it…you’ll gain it back. By making smart decisions about your food, exercise, and overall health, things will come into place. Make it a lifelong choice and you won’t have to worry about gaining weight or whatnot.

Personally, I don’t advocate diet programs, meal replacement shakes, protein bars, or surgery to lose weight. I feel that you should be more conscious of what you’re putting in your body, what you’re doing to burn the calories, and how to take care of yourself better.

In The Biggest Loser, they take everything to the extreme to a point where I find it dangerous. The contestants are overexercising to the point of exhaustion and doing possible damage to their joints and other body parts. They only do what the trainer tells them to do, but they don’t really understand why or how to create their own workout plan. They eat the prescribed meals given to them, but never encounter real world food options until they head home. They don’t learn what they should eat, how much they should have, and how to cook these meals.

To me, it’s “mindless” weight-loss. They don’t know why the workouts are working. They don’t know why the food is healthy. It’s almost like giving your body over to a plastic surgeon to do whatever they want to your body to make it “perfect.” But if you don’t learn what it takes to keep that shape, you’ll quickly revert back to your old body.

It takes time, patience, and discipline, but in the end…I think it’s worth it.

Sometimes, the simplest things are the hardest things.

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3 Responses

  1. All so true! I’m constantly amazed and how people do not understand those 3 basic principles. They really truly don’t. I find most people follow these 2 rules:
    – eat much smaller portions (regardless of health content)
    – work out a lot

    it works for a few months then they are perplexed as to why they hit a plateau and give up. I’ve been there, done that.

  2. Our culture makes it so hard to take those 3 easy steps: eat healthy, exercise regularly and decrease stress/get enough sleep. At every turn we are bombarded with messages to eat unhealthy food, to work more, earn more, achieve more, etc. After all that who has the time or energy to exercise? 🙂 Good post.

  3. and eat protein bars is great advice as well!

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