You’ve probably heard it before: “80% of getting the body
you want is eating.” In fact, I have relayed this phrase to clients, friends,
and family for years myself. But in the past couple of years or so, in watching people
more closely and who’s getting the results, it’s actually 100%. To be more
precise, Eating, along with Exercise and the right Mental
Environment must all combine symbiotically to get the results you want. Fitness
is as much about eating and having the right mindset as it is working out. You can
exercise until you’re blue in the face, but if you continue to eat sugars and
grains, too much food, and not enough of the right foods, you will never
achieve an optimal frame. You can eat Paleo, but if you don’t exercise correctly results will be slow to happen. A prime example is too much
‘Cardio’ or lifting too heavy, too often. Crossfit anyone? And the third
component, having the right mental approach: patience, optimism, and dedication,
go a long way to integrate effortless eating and exercise successfully.
Defining the Optimal Body
An optimal body does not mean skinny. It doesn’t mean ripped
or buff and it has nothing to do with weight. An optimal body is more than
appearance and has to include efficient function. In terms of appearance or
frame, Lean is a good word: possessing minimal bodyfat and the right amount of
muscle which can be carried around for a lifetime. Other optimal functions to
define whole body fitness would include:
- A strong immune system
- Efficient digestion
- Quality sleep
- Good eyesight and hearing
- Perfect balance
- Deep effortless breathing
- Clear skin
- Free of conditions like allergies, heartburn, headaches, and
- Pain free joints
- A strong body that can accomplish lifting tasks
effortlessly: gardening, moving, the occasional wresting with your buddy!
- A fast body that can sprint, jump, or climb on demand.
On a scale of 1 to 10…
Being realistic about your goals, and how you're going to achieve them, up front is imperative. If
you are raising 4 kids, have a part time job, and little time to yourself,
maybe it’s going to take a little longer to get where you want to be. It’s
going to happen, but maybe not as quickly as you want. If you can commit to
adjusting your eating habits by giving up bread and sugar, exercise 3 times a
week, and are eager and optimistic about it, then perhaps you are a 6 or 7 out
of 10. Full blown Paleo: no grains, sugars, dairy, or refined vegetable oils,
dedicated to walking 2-3 miles a day, 1 day of high intensity intervals a week,
and 2-3 lifting sessions per week, you are probably a 10. Rate yourself accordingly
so as not to set up for disappointment.
If you have followed my newsletters, blog, or read any Paleo
books, then you know the Big 6: Meats, vegetables, a little fruit, eggs,
nuts/seeds, and healthy oils. These are the staples of each and every meal. The
combinations are endless and not as limiting as ‘6 foods only’ may seem. You
can read about what to ditch in your diet and all through my 'Read' page, but
beyond the study and reading, putting it all into practice at home, and more
importantly, in the restaurant or airport is key. Getting a hold of, and lowering
Carbohydrate consumption is pinnacle. Realizing that sugar means more than
just the white stuff is the biggest point to grasp.
Starch: potatoes and rice
Grains: bread, crackers, pasta, oatmeal, corn chips
Fruit: although great in terms of beneficial enzymes,
minerals, vitamins, and fiber, contains Fructose (fruit sugar), which in
excessive amounts can bog down the liver and turn sugar into fat…believe it or
Dairy: has its own sugar called galactose
Sweeteners: honey, agave nectar, syrup have to be eliminated.
Sugar in the bloodstream causes the release of Insulin. Too
much Insulin too often swimming around your bloodstream is a course for
Armed with The Right Information
You’d think exercise and eating would be pretty simple and
yet more people are confused about the two than ever before. It seems every
week there is another diet, another miracle pill, an exercise program that is
sure to kick your ass into losing 20 pounds in a month, or a Pilates program
that promises long and lean muscles. People want the easy fix without having to
learn anything, but those who do achieve results take it upon themselves to
learn why the information works. Marketing weight loss is a huge business but
the needs of the human body are simple and justified over millions of years.
Eat in biological accordance: or what our physiology demands, and vary your
exercise often. It’s that simple.
These 13 Habits which have been on my website since 2011 all
stem from the 3 areas discussed: Eating ~ Exercise ~ Mindset. Broken down and
analyzed, they are your key to understanding what works and what doesn’t.
Turn 80% into 100% by thinking Eat Right Exercise
Effectively and get the right mindset.
Whole Body ~ Whole Mind.