Conventional wisdom about how people should eat, exercise, and look is often negative, self-defeating, and downright degrading and may I add disgusting. Magazines and over-hyped media encourage people to eat less and offer numerous "secrets" about how lose weight. Because, as you know with the rapid rise of social media and reality TV people happiness is inexorably tied to the number on the scale.
Most Fitness professional and dietitians are often given quick fixes, crash diets, cleanses, and other absurd fitness advice. I have seen other fitness professional telling people, just do more time on the step mill and make more kale salads, eating so much.
It's no wonder so many people are miserable, overly exhausted from marathon workouts, and starving from constantly trying to eat fewer and fewer calories. Sad to say, but people are frustrated, confused, and tired of constantly looking for a simpler solution.
Most of the common fitness "advice" for people these days are revolves around following a strict diet and rigid gym schedule, and meticulously counting every gram of carbs, fats, and protein that crosses our lips. Unfortunately, most people can't practice such an inflexible regimen for the long term without some negative consequences, and the fact is that it’s not one size fit all.
I know this because I have ventured over to the dark side and tried several "diets" with the hope of building a better-looking body when I just started out in fitness many years ago. Once I finally came to my senses and got back to sane and simple nutrition principles, I had to correct obsessive-eating habits. After a bit of time, patience, and consistency, I found my way back, to good health and a better physical performance.
I can tell you than once you replaced your worries and doubt about what you see or hear over the internet, you began to follow positive, motivating, empowering fitness principles.
Here are three basic steps to get you going:
Embrace the Truth That You are Awesome Right Now
Even if you're overweight, have just started working out, or still have a long road ahead of you, you can still choose to be happy with where you are right this moment. Forget about planning to be happy once you reach your main goal in the distant future. Having a great body means living every day to the fullest and making healthy decisions because you love yourself as you are this very moment.
Eat Real Food
Eat filling, delicious meals that make you feel great. Don't apologize for eating, and don't force yourself to eat foods you don't like just because they're supposedly good for you. There are tons of delicious, all-natural, healthy foods available, so eat the ones you like.
Despite what some "diet" principles would have you believe, eating whole food is quite simple. All you need to do is apply some common sense and resist the temptation to dwell over the minutiae.
Build your diet around lean protein, good carbs, fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, herbs and spices, and healthy fats like nuts and seeds.
If you keep your nutrition guidelines simple and stress-free, you'll be much better off and much more likely to stick to them throughout your life.
You'll get more out of your workouts. Muscle, after all, needs to be fed to grow stronger. Delicious and filling real-food meals are not complicated, especially if you follow some well written recipes, and if you have doubt get some help from a good dietitian, a good dietitian would always encourage you to eat.
Focus on Performance
Instead of working out with the sole purpose of changing how your body looks, focus exclusively on what your body can do and work toward constantly improving your performance in the gym. We all want to look as great as we feel, and that's one of the huge perks of training for performance: building a great-looking body is a tremendous side-effect.
To get to your ideal body, trained for function, practicing some lifting, some boxercise and one of my favourites, sign for a run weather its 5k or 10k and train towards it. Follow this lead and focus on performance-based goals.
Most people want a pair of arms, firm legs and tight core that look great, but instead of doing military presses, biceps curls, and triceps extensions, squats ect. to get them, try working toward performing a few bodyweight chin-ups and 10 or more push-ups with perfect form. These exercises build your arm muscles, as well as the muscles in your back and chest, building true functional strength.
By the time you achieve those goals, your arms will look incredible and you'll have developed some real upper-body muscle strength in the process.
One of the other awesome things about training for performance is that you have tons of variability in your workouts. Use the whole gym. For instance, you can train primarily with bodyweight workouts, you can use a combination of barbells and dumbbells, you can use kettlebells, and you can use strongman lifts. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless!
Remember, always try to build the strongest, most awesome version of yourself. When you focus on that goal, the bonuses will include a leaner, shapelier, better-looking body. You also should have a lower resting heart rate, stronger bones, and more athletic skills.
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