By Eric Martinez
Feb. 25. 2011-
1. You have to work out/exercise more than you think. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise on most, if not, all days of the week. There are many valuable health benefits that could be obtained through this lifestyle. However, greater benefits can be achieved with more than 30 minutes and more than 30 a day is required for weight loss.
2. You have time to exercise no matter what! If you have time to watch TV, browse the internet, meet with friends for drink or coffee throughout the day, then you have time to get a workout in. Exercise needs to be a priority, not a hobby. Priorities sometimes require sacrifices. Sacrifices lead to results. How can you not want to exercise and make yourself feel better inside and out?
3. Calories in=Calories out. There is a lot of truth to this. However, 500 calories from a mocha latte from Starbucks does not equal 500 calories from a lean protein, brown rice, and veggies. Empty calories from refined sugars coupled with caffeine does not have the same metabolic effect that comes from eating blood sugar controlling fiber with lean protein, and vitamins and minerals that are essential to your health.
4. You don’t have bad genetics. Yes many people are genetically gifted and many are predisposed to weight gain or hormone imbalances, I get that. But, it’s not a good excuse to quit if you gain weight too fast. Our metabolisms have evolved from a nomadic lifestyle when food was scarce and we had to relocate to another source to get it. Consequently, we adapted an ability to store food in the form of fat for later use as energy. Today, food is abundant, especially calorie dense foods, we have much more variety. So start making wiser decisions like your ancestors had to, and realize it’s not your last meal!
5. Change your lifestyle, not your diet! Dieting is not a temporary eating regimen used to fit into a pair of jeans or dress. The way we eat is a lifestyle choice that may need to be redirected, but it’s here for the long run, so I suggest you hop on board. Don’t use excuses when you know you can do it, set examples for your kids if you must. Despite what the dieting industry tells you, there are no quick fixes, nothing comes easy!
“Live a Dynamic Lifestyle”