That is a lot to say in one line; needless to say, actually accomplish, but it is true. We always make things harder then they really need to be. That is because it is a great marketing tool to make it sound complicated so that the hucksters can sell an easy solution to the complex problem.
I have written several articles about eating right and losing weight. They all really say the same thing, but still people believe it is more complicated than it really needs to be because nothing can really be that easy. So again, I want to push through on the idea that you can do all those things in the title of this article by doing just a few simple things.
First, let’s talk about the foods that you eat. You have been doing that low fat calorie thing, but you still are gaining weight and feel tired and are always moody. The issue is because you are addicted, yes addicted to carbohydrates and salt. You replaced all those fat calories with carbs and salt.
Now, here is the funny thing, eating fat does not make you fat. There, I said it! You are getting fat purely on the basis that your blood sugar is constantly in play when you consume carbs that your insulin levels keep spiking all throughout the day. And whatever sugar cannot be used is store as fat for later use, but that later use never comes and you get fatter and fatter. With the additional weight you feel tired, listless and well, like crap. The worst part about it all is that you have made your kids addicted as well.
Do not get me wrong, eating too much fat is not good for you either, but eating the right kind of fats will not alter your insulin hormone and force fat into fat cells like carbs do. The reality is that fats do not make you fat; rather, fats help your body regenerate your needed hormones. Eating too much of anything is not good, but eating the right kinds of fats helps the body make hormones such as testosterone, which is the direct result of cholesterol. Your body needs dietary fat and cholesterol in order to produce its vital hormones.
Now for all you gym rats out there that are young and beautiful, please continue what you are doing; you make the rest of us try a little bit harder. Those rippling muscles and tight abs are great to have and will be there as long as you work, work and work your body. For you middle aged people who are now seeing your muscle size decreasing and your gut losing its definition no matter how hard you push those crunches please, be assured that is normal. As long as your body is toned, you are in good shape. Your body is changing and needs to change. Trying to keep the body of a 21 year old at 45, 50 and above is nearly impossible for the average person. So, why waste the effort. Go for something that is going to yield you results.
So you have decided that pumping all that iron is not the way to go and you now move to doing more cardio to burn those extra calories—hours and hours of it too. You do Zumba and the elliptical, treadmills and steppers. You go at with a vengeance, but it still has not gotten you the body you want.
Sure, “cardio” is good for you, but cardiovascular conditioning can be obtained in far less time and with a lot less effort. As a matter of fact the more cardio you do you cause your body to start release what are called “free radicals.” These free radicals are like predators in the body and go after your body’s essential nutrients.
Free radicals are directly linked to the aging process. The more free radicals you have racing throughout your body, the faster the aging process is moved forward. The answer to problem is a shorter more balanced exercise program with no more than 15 minutes of cardio three times per week.
It is all about getting your muscles in tone and a feeling of vitality not listlessness. The answer really is that you need balance of muscle toning, fat burning cardiovascular fitness that is done in less time then it takes most people to warm up.
There is something to be said for those DVD fitness videos that work you out in 30 to 45 minutes a day. For most people they do not even need to go to a gym when they can do right there in their homes in front of their flat screen TV set. I like going to the gym for the social factor of being there with other people and using those free weights that I do not have at my house. Whichever you choose will be the right thing for you to do. I have tried the DVDs and have gotten excellent results. It is just a matter of what makes you feel better, doing you exercise at home or in a gym.
Your body is a biological machine. Keep it tuned, clean from toxins and free radicals and properly fueled and it will work for many years, even after its predicted life expectancy. That is what you need to do with your body. It is just as simple as taking care of your car. As a matter of fact, most people take better care of their cars than they do themselves.
Did you know that the vast majority of people walk around dehydrated every day? Water is essential to life, but we take it for granted. We do not know how important water is to our diet and overall good health. Water not only hydrates the body, but water burns fat. Yes, you read that correctly—it burns fat. And in even better news it suppresses hunger.
Being well hydrated renews your skin. Trust me on this one—it works. To prove it, here is something you can do and see improvement in a matter of weeks. Drink six-12 ounce bottles of your favorite bottled water every day for three weeks and see what it does to your skin. Take a before and after face picture to compare. I will guarantee your wrinkles will look less pronounced and you skin will feel better, smoother. Other benefits include that you will drop a couple of pounds, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from the burden of being overworked.
In summary, I say eat what you want, but eat less of it (its all about portion control.) Significantly limit your carbohydrate intake because carbs drive your insulin hormone crazy (please, do not make me repeat that again.) Add variation to your diet regime, which interpreted means—add more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Reduce down your intake of salt because it is hard on your kidneys and allows your body to retain water and no one wants to intentionally feel bloated.
You see, it is all so very simple. Really, it is. Don’t make it so complicated and I encourage you to do some research of your own. Keeping it simple and understanding your body you will see that you are looking younger, feeling better, eating more, exercising less and that you will lose those unwanted pounds and inches with a lot less effort than before or than you preciously thought.