Diet or Exercise?
I think that if we have learned anything over the past twenty years or so of figuring out how to lose weight it is borne out by this article.
If you take an experiment and apply either dietary restrictions or exercise regimes to that group exclusively then you will get results so varied that they are meaningless.
In other words if one group is simply made to exercise then some will lose weight, some won’t and some will actually gain weight.
If you do the same thing with regards to diet you will get a similar result.
The reasons for this are probably about as wide as there are individuals on the planet!
To make a long story short the only truly effective weight loss program is one that suits the individual from the first and major perspective… they can STICK TO IT.
From there you must have an element of healthier eating and the introduction of exercise on a regular basis. Hmmm… healthy eating and regular exercise… sounds like a normal life to me.
How to Feel Sick, Tired and Overweight!
One of the great dangers to us in our modern style of living is the danger of becoming accustomed to things.
It is very easy for us to accommodate some kind of inconvenience presented to us by with some sort of alternative which, at the outset seems uncomfortable then with time eventually becomes the norm.
Let me give you an example.
Let’s say a person gets a new job and that job although a better one, requires a little more travel time in the morning and at the end of the day.
No big deal you think until it comes tie to go to work in the morning and suddenly there seems to be less time and things are done in a rush.
So, the easy thing to do is skip breakfast and gain some time.
Initially that causes a bit of discomfort but very soon you learn to deal with that by having a little more coffee and hey presto! Everything is back on track.
You are now accustomed to that routine and before long the idea of breakfast has kind of been dropped… no big deal!
Then the later than normal travel getting home makes dinner a little inconvenient as well.
That sensible and healthy meal you usually had also goes out the window and some kind of fast food or prepackaged replacement is introduced.
Again, no big deal and of course it’s just that bit harder to make it to the gym as well but hey!
We’ll settle into the new routine and get back to it… soon… right?
And so it goes, before too long we have become totally accustomed to what we initially thought of as temporary arrangements to overcome a short term problems.
Without knowing we have made lifestyle choices (and not good ones!) and there we all are, wondering why we don;t feel quite as well as we used to.
Hidden speed in diet supplements…really? This is news?
I guess I must have been living under a rock for a while now because I thought it was just well known that diet supplements and a lot of others like them had traces of amphetamines in them.
I guess this area has been running a little out of control of late so there you go!
Get That Crap Out of Your Head!
One of my most successful strategies for dealing with the day to day rigors of life is the use of a note pad and a pencil.
Not really all that high tech these days but hey, I’m an old fashioned type!
In consulting with my clients in both their personal lives and professional lives one of the first things I tech them is to write things down on paper.
You see the mind is a wonderful thing but unfortunately it is a really bad place to keep things.
The whole sorting system up there can get into a bit of a mess and you tend to find completely unrelated things stored together.
That argument you had last night will be sitting right next to the fact that you need to pick up your dry cleaning and that the boss yelled at you about something today.
Everything just seems to get stuffed in there and the filing system is either non-existent or totally overwhelmed.
So the real power of the mind is not in the storage of stuff, it is in the power of its ability to reason and to arrange and rearrange that stuff into lucid thoughts and logical actions.
Unfortunately if you try to do the entire process “in your head” then it gets very unreliable.
A note pad and a pencil.
If you get your information and thoughts out of you head on to paper and into the real world then you can isolate the information you need from other irrelevant information and can let your mind do what it can do very well, come to conclusions and decide future actions.