Pervasive bad information

IMG_4541Whether it’s nutrition or fitness, the amount of bad information out there far outweighs the good. The problem stems from the fact that everyone has their own opinion or take on nutrition and fitness based on what’s worked for them. I’m guilty of this, although I make no claims that I’ve stumbled across something unique. I used Whole30 and Paleo to get my health in order, and running and push ups to get my fitness back. The most fundamental truth about nutrition and fitness is that the simplest plans are the most efficacious: eat whole foods and exercise. Period.

There’s no need for supplements, crazy plans that have you eat this vitamin, drink that smoothie, use this powder in your drinks, etc. There is no magic exercise plan or routine that will give you rock hard six-pack abs in 6 weeks when you are 100 lbs overweight. If you need to lose 10 lbs or less, just eating right and starting a regular exercise regimen will get you there. If you’re obese like I was, it’s going to take more effort, but the plan is still remarkably simple: eat good food, avoid bad food, and once your body is lighter so you don’t damage joints, start some exercise.

I’ve watched some people start a fitness plan last week, and they were miserable. They were telling me about how sore they were, how they can’t imagine keeping it up, and how they can’t imagine themselves being “Workout people.” When I told them that they need to go slow in the beginning, I was mocked. “It’s not a workout unless you feel the burn!” they proclaimed. I told them that “The burn” is something you should be feeling once you’re already been exercising for a while and made your body strong enough for it. They scoffed at me, yet I’d run three times that week already while they exercised only once.

I’m not an expert, but I have experience as someone who was fat and is now healthy. I used to get winded climbing a single flight of stairs while now I can run three or four miles comfortably. I am admittedly not a body builder, but I know how to get from fat to thin, from couch to runner. You can take or leave my advice, but I guarantee that the way I do things involves less pain and a healthier, safer progress path.

One thought on “Pervasive bad information

  1. This is so true. When I started working out again, a year ago, it was only twice a week. Now I go 3-5 times a week and when it’s 3 I feel antsy like I am missing out on something. I never did well with shock treatment change. I do better with gradual change. It has taken me longer to lose weight but, I feel more like I am developing habits I can sustain for a lifetime.

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