The other day I met up with a good friend of mine for an early morning coffee. He has been on a mission since the beginning of the year to shed some excess weight and to clean up his diet. He has been doing this all on his own, which is awesome! He has known about my interests and passion about becoming a Primal Health Coach, so he has been wanting to meet up to share some of what he has been doing in regards to his diet and see if he is on track, or if there are even more things he can be doing.
He is doing a great job with his exercise. He is making the best of what he has available to him on a daily basis. One thing he does often is swim. He has access to a pool at his job and also at a local YMCA, so he has increased the amount of swimming versus chronic cardio and weights. He is still hitting the weights, but not nearly as much as he once did in years past. He has lost 20 pounds since the beginning of the year. He looks and feels great and he has his diet dialed in to where he feels good about what he is eating.
The quote below is from Arthur Ash and is very fitting for the example of my friend and the advice I would like to give to you. You don’t have to go from 0 to 100 mph to make a difference. Start with baby steps and build from there. Changing your habits will course correct your actions over time.
80% of our body composition comes from the foods and beverages we consume. Torturing yourself on a treadmill or elliptical machine is not your best option out of the gate. This is considered chronic cardio and can be counterproductive to achieving your health goals. More on this topic at a later date!
I would strongly suggest you start with your diet first and foremost. Evaluate what you are currently eating throughout the day. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it doesn’t hurt to use a calorie counting app like Chronometer to see exactly what your macros are. I think many of you will be surprised at just how many carbs you consume throughout the day. 50-150g of carbs is an optimal target for losing weight when combined with consistent movement; walking, hiking, playing, etc.
What’s one thing you can do today, such that by doing it, will make a difference in your health in the future?
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