Today is my first blog. Fitness and nutrition is not only a passion of mine but it is also a lifestyle. It’s a topic that I love to discuss and have attained vast hands on experience and knowledge in, as well as over a decade of dedication. I have subscribed and purchased every fitness magazine available coupled with logging countless hours at the gym.
Over the years, I have been asked countless times what my diet is like and what my fitness routine is. I have found the secret that works for me. Okay, are you ready for this? You have to keep tricking your body. Like Arnold said so many years ago, “No pain no gain.” Another words, if you are not pushing yourself to your personal limits and it doesn’t feel difficult, well, you are probably not doing enough. If you want to truly change your body composition, you have to be willing to work for it. Not everyone is cut out for this, and that’s okay. If it was easy, everyone would do it and there wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic in the United States today.
However, having said that here are the magic numbers. 80-10-10. These are percentages. Can you guess what they mean? Basically, you can control 80% of your body’s weight or composition through diet alone. Yes, you are what you eat. 10% of your body’s weight can be controlled through exercise alone, and the other 10% is controlled by your genetic make-up. It is virtually impossible for someone to alter his/her genetic make-up.
So really it’s pretty simple, and it’s what I call the one two punch. Diet+Exercise=winning combination. Now you may ask what should I eat or what should I do for exercise. (I will post some sample meals and fitness plans during my next blog). To start, keep your meals simple and freshly made. If it comes out of a box or a can, it is probably not the best choice. Shop the peripheral aisles of the grocery store mainly. This is where the fresh fruits and veggies are. Stay away from processed foods like chips, crackers, and sodas. For exercise, get your heart rate elevated. Take a walk, jog, or bike ride outside. If it’s difficult to hold a conversation, you are exactly where you need to be. Your heart rate should be elevated for at least 30 minutes every single day. If you are a beginner, this may be too aggressive. Do what you can!
Stay tuned. I have a lot of information that I am dying to share with you including workouts and sample meals. It takes 30 days to form a new habit. Our bodies respond quickly and are easily adaptable. 30 days for you to notice a difference in yourself, 60 days for some others to notice a difference in you, 90 days for everyone to notice the change and ask you what you’re doing. Let’s do this!