I MUST comment on this. The title of this thread is COMPLETE BS!!
( I am a hardcore athlete and former trainer, what follows is my personal experience with diet and exercise. Take what info you can handle and toss
the rest but please don't blow it all off for you own sake).
These are effective TOOLS which is the correct word. Tools. However dieting is complete nonsense. If you really want to look, feel, and BE different
than you are (read: healthier) then dieting is a bad word. A balanced diet is what is needed not diet-ing.
A healthy body is a lifestyle not an every once in a while thing to get back into your summer swim suit. You cannot just diet and then go back to
what you were doing. If you are not happy with your body now then permanent changes must be made. Lifestyle must change. And the comments about eating
less than the body needs (another poster) is a horrible way to diet and is very unhealthy and failure is the ultimate result.
We must give the body exactly what it needs. It can handle a little extra without any issue.
Healthy lifestyle below:
1) Forget the nonsense food pyramid and everything else you have been brainwashed to believe about diet (and dieting as well). Most of that
information is intended to make someone else profit from your long term battle for health and is unnecessary.
2) Eat multiple small meals per day. Large meals with large blocks of time in between will cause your metabolism to slow down, store more fat, make
you more tired and lethargic. It is also much better for your body because it does not absorb all nutrients during digestion only a percentage. Eating
smaller more frequent meals is not only better for digestive health, but you gain more nutrients via increased absorption.
3) Replace at least half or more of your carbohydrate intake with more fruits, veggies, granolas, nuts, yogurts, cottage cheese etc... there are tons
of healthy substitutes for carbs. Secondly, almost ALL carbohydrates that people ingest are severely modified manufactured 'foods'. They are so
processed that I do not even consider them as food and neither should you. Think about what our bodies are designed to ingest. Think back thousands of
years. Look even in our recent past to the 40s and 50s. You don't see lots of obese people running around because the food was more fresh, local, and
unprocessed. Just keep that in mind.
4) Try NOT to cook your veggies if you can. Cooking DESTROYS the nutrients and especially the necessary living enzymes and beneficial bacterias in the
food. Also attempt to find the freshest local fruits and veggies as possible. After only a few days the nutrient content in your food is 50% depleted.
Most produce is already 5 days old when you see it at the store due to packaging and/or shipping. That is one reason local farmers market produce is
best; another reason is the benefit to your local community keeping money circulating in your own area.
5) Limit your meat intake especially red meat and pork. I know this is where many people will have issues but the truth is these things are high in
fat (mostly), hard to digest (respectively), filled with antibodies, steroids, growth hormones etc.., and in general not all that beneficial. I can
just hear it now all the posters screaming about the necessary protein from meat etc...Ok, that is not all that true either. Yes meat has proteins and
irons etc, but there are MUCH better ways of obtaining these dietary necessities. First meat must be digested, broken down, and separated from all the
crap that is in it to get the beneficial amino acids necessary to for the proteins you body needs. You don't just absorb the proteins from the meat,
its all broken down and the body uses the parts and pieces to make what it needs. You have a much better opportunity with eggs which are extremely
easy for the body to digest and assimilate proteins from. Also, most people don't know but dark green veggies have TONS of amino acids, vitamins and
minerals. Why do you think vegetarians are healthy. Also many animal species are herbivores or mostly herbivore including the massively muscular
gorilla. Wheat grass is the king here with almost all the amino acids and minerals in one little package. One ounce is equivalent to 2.5lbs of
veggies. That is pretty outstanding.
6) Your body MUST have exercise. Walking 30min a day minimum should be a goal for everyone. This is a baseline an other exercises can be substituted
but the cardiovascular system needs this at minimum. Resistance training is also necessary to maintain muscle strength and tone, and is also necessary
for your skeletal structures. This area can become quite detailed so I will just leave it there and answer questions relating to that. I will state
the HIIT is an EXTREMELY effective way to lose weight especially, but also compress exercise periods, and gain the ability to exercise every day
through shorter exercise periods and active rest.
7) Mental health is especially important as well. Stress releases cortisol which has some horrific effects when the body receives too much. These
include increased body fat, immune problems, suppressed thyroid and insulin functions, decreased muscle and bone density, slower brain functioning,
etc....There is a plus side to the mental aspect however. Visualization, affirmations, and meditations have a tremendously positive effect on the body
in many ways. Meditation can completely counteract all symptoms one might see from high cortisol levels. Visualization is an unbelievably FANTASTIC
tool for weight loss, endurance, strength, and overall athletic performance. Olympic athletes and professional athletes both use visualizations and
affirmations in their training routines. It is very effective. There is plenty of scientific studies on the benefits you may look up as well as a ton
of techniques to try for yourself.
Please discuss further for everyones sake.
edit on 23-9-2010 by Spirit Warrior 11:11 because: (no reason given)