It has been a while.
Perhaps you thought I had gone away.
But that’s not the case; it is simply a matter of having recently started a new job, running a trial program of No-brainer Fitness: E, and getting caught in doing research for a post on dieting.
All of that busyness got me thinking about some of the things we don’t like to hear. So I decided to write this short post before finishing the more serious one.
In part preparation for the dieting post, and in part as a reaction to having to face the fact that there are simply not enough hours in any given day, here are some of the things we don’t like to hear. But must come to accept if we are to succeed in being fit and healthy for the long-term.
There are no such things as Super Foods
Most claims on Web sites are about a single item, more often than not a vegetable, sometimes a fruit, and on occasions red wine. It changes depending on the site you browse to on any given day. The fact is that any one food will not make you healthy. And in large enough quantity, any one thing is toxic. Yes, even kale.
The flip side: I once saw a list of so-called “super foods” that consisted of 63 or so items. That’s longer than my typical grocery list, despite the fact that I get kudos from the health-conscious store clerks where I usually buy groceries.
If you have to buy and eat so many different food, then clearly no single food is that super.
As is generally the case, with a balanced and diversified diet of mostly plants, you don’t need anything to be super. The overall diet is what is super. Because it is real food.
Food supplements simply don’t work
In the sense that they will not make you healthy. Especially those that claim to do precisely just that.
In situations where someone is truly lacking some essential vitamins or minerals, or to ensure that you have plenty (as for pregnant women), there may be benefits in taking some, if only to have complete peace of mind.
But claims of miracle dietary supplements to make you lose weight or cure you of whatever you are lead to believe (typically from the same ads) you suffer from, are hogwash.
It requires (some) effort on your part
This could also be called “there are no free lunches.” (Or, at least, no healthy free lunches.)
Basically, to be fit, you have to put in some sweat capital. Fitness does not come from a pill; you can’t get fit by hooking yourself up to a machine and letting it do the work for you. You have to do the work.
The trick is to find the kind of working out that is pleasant for you, and the purpose to commit and maintain good habits. But you have to move, lots, and regularly.
Coffee, wine, chocolate, and a few other things we like are NOT FOOD
Sorry. That’s just the way it is. Enjoy in moderation.
Dieting doesn’t make you lose weight in the long run
That’s the intro to my next post. You have to take my word for it. For now. But the evidence is pretty damning…
Since first writing this post, a few interesting (and timely) tidbits came my way, so I’m adding links to other readings you might consider after being done here:
Diet Lures and Diet Lies is an interesting piece along the lines of the above discussion of super foods and supplements.
Why I don’t do CrossFit is all about the importance of not training too hard. Better yet, if you read the text carefully, you’ll notice mention of how Olympians train, and that is what I am driving at with the notion of being an everyday athlete…
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