It’s happened to us all before. We’ve worked hard at the latest diet — the Mediterranean diet, the smoothie diet, the all protein diet, the all-carb diet, the cookie diet — losing 10 pounds, 15, even 20 pounds, only to gain it all back a few months later and then some. You’ve taken your health seriously. You’ve spent the time and money investing in all these diets and weight loss, fat burning pills, which work for a short time, but you can’t seem to keep the weight off and get the toned body that the celebrities have when they do the diets and take the pills. Why is that? I’ll tell you why…
It’s because you take your “health” seriously. You might be astonished at what you just read. You might be thinking I thought I was supposed to take my health seriously! What do you mean by that? Well, yes, you are supposed to be conscious about your health and what goes into your body, but what about your fitness? Many people will rather get on a starvation diet than take care of the fitness aspect of the equation. Health and fitness is like peanut butter and jelly — they just go together. Yes you can go on a diet to lose weight, but if you never exercise, and never put fitness in, you will never build muscle and be toned. Remember, having more muscle burns more calories. And yes you can work out at the gym every day or do cardio every day, but if you eat terribly that won’t exactly work either.
Working on both your health and fitness is a complete contribution to your body and your wellbeing. Not only will it benefit you now, but having the proper health and fitness plan will allow you to stave off diseases and ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and give you a pep in your step and as well as self-confidence. Focusing on your health and fitness is not jumping on some fad diet or taking a magic pill quick fix. It’s a life plan that will help you live a longer, healthier, fuller life.
Experts have always said that the best diet is the one you can stick to. And I agree. It’s not about eating any one, specific food to keep the pounds off. Health and fitness is about balancing your life. To get technical, say your goal is to lose weight. Well technically, it doesn’t really matter what you eat. For example, you can eat burgers and still lose weight. Yes, I just said that. The catch is you just have to eat it in moderation. An order of burger and fries from your favorite fast food joint though is considered fatty food. So the problem there is that even if you consume the more-than-1100 calories in a Big Mac combo and are satisfied for the moment, the fact is that these foods seem to make you want to eat more. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that these foods up your appetite for days after eating fatty, greasy foods. That’s why experts say it’s better to eat well-rounded meals to improve on your health and fitness. All in all, the message is pretty simple. Prioritizing both your health and your fitness is the only way to go. It is the roadmap for a leaner, more toned, fitter and healthier you.
Ian Hart is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with 2 kettle bell certificates and a certificate in integrated stretching techniques and is an FMS specialist (among other qualifications). He has also been featured in Men’s Health Magazine, on the Men’s Health website, was a featured Health Expert on New York 1 News and was a guest on the Mike and Juliet Morning Show. Ian loves training, and helping people reach their fitness goals. Not just physically but also mentally.