In the constant fight against obesity, it comes down to increasing activity levels, and decreasing the amount of food we eat. It seems that we are getting closer and closer to that goal. Physical Activity is up, however people still aren't controlling what they put in their bodies. It comes down to nutrition. It always does.
You can't out-train a bad diet!!!
So what do we do? How should we eat? What should we eat?
Unfortunately there are so many diet myths and lies out there, that it can be quite confusing to figure out what to do. Paralysis by analysis. Keep these myths in your head and don't fall for any gimmicks or believe anyone that tells you otherwise. Eggs are good for you as is a certain amount of fat. Do not fall for "low fat" garbage that is usually loaded with chemicals and sugar. Anyway, check out diet myths and lies.
Another myth is that you should count your calories. Now if that works for you, then fine, but you should be more concerned with making your calories count. 2,000 calories of garbage is going to be useless and not keep you full and satisfied compared to 2,000 calories of nutrient dense food like fruits, and vegetables. Compare 18 apples to a typical fast food meal. Same calorie amount, but which would be 1) healthier for you, 2) require a lot of time. I don't know about you, but I don't think I could eat 18 apples in one day. Stick with whole, nutrient dense food, its much harder to over eat and over consume calories.
One last myth that wont go away is the fact that diet soda is better than regular soda. Fact is, that could quite possibly be the opposite. Diet sodas and the chemical garbage they put in them can in fact screw up your metabolism along with a host of other problems. If you want to read the research study, click here. I'll save you the science-y details, but according to the study, there is increasing evidence that suggests consuming diet beverages with aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin may lead to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
Yup, that sounds way healthy.
So what should you take out of all this?
Eat Clean, Exercise with Intensity and you'll be fine.
30 seconds on/30 seconds off
Rest 2 minutes between rounds, go for 3 rounds
Kettlebell High Pulls
TRX Crunches/Swiss Ball Jackknifes/or put feet on two 5lb plates and drive knees in
Overhead Reverse Lunges
Lateral Lunges with Push-out