Let’s play a game.
What do all of the following promise?
Paleo, Low-carb, Keto, Jenny Craig, and the Simply Fit Board.
You guessed it….the next secret to YOUR dream body. Or so they claim. Do you ever wonder if people stood a chance at being healthy before we had the aid of all these products, or short-term diets?
I do. And in my biased opinion, I’m willing to bet that it didn’t take a pyramid scheme for people to achieve a sufficient level of fitness. Education (or absence of some product) is often not the problem. The problem is the action! CONSISTENT ACTION!!!
At 413 Fitness, we are advocates of something a little bit old school.
We call it KISS Nutrition. Keep It Simple Stupid. All too often, people ask us about going “low-carb,” or about The Whole 30. They are overwhelmed with questions from what foods are allowed, to “How many grams of protein should I consume per pound of lean body mass?”
Really guys? I am really into being healthy and those things drag me down just thinking about them. Even worse, I am convinced that this has caused a very negative relationship with food and how we interact with it. From the amount in which we consume to even the way we talk about it. Some of you avoid certain foods like I would try to dodge the black plague.
The very first and single-most important thing we urge EVERY SINGLE PERSON to do is start drinking more water! If you’ve been looking for a miracle drug, this is it!! Water. And lots of it! Your body will thank you for years to come just for remaining hydrated 24/7. We train several urologists and even those guys don’t drink enough water. Come on guys! Get it together!!!! Water is God’s gift to Earth. It is usually free most places and contains zero added ingredients. So whether you are looking to save money, feel better, or even aid your digestion…
Okay, on to what you really want to know about. Food.
We challenge you to consider food as fuel for your body. God created all things perfectly and I don’t consider it wise to deprive our body of any macronutrients (fat, protein, carbs)necessary for optimal bodily functions (clarity in thought, level of energy, strength, alertness, etc). The first number anybody should concern themselves with is their “Caloric Intake.” Track your calories and activity by using an app like My Fitness Pal. And then…..Keep It Simple Stupid!
If you want to gain weight, eat more calories than you burn in one day. If you want to lose weight, eat fewer calories than the amount you burn. And if you are absolutely a die-hard “by the numbers” person, then here is the next number you can think about.
One (1) pound of body fat is equal to 3,500 calories. I’ll even do the math for you. Losing one pound a week can be done by being in a calorie deficit of 500 calories every day. Boom.
At the end of the day, most people aren’t going to be impressed by these fancy statistics and facts. And most people probably haven’t even read this far. But it really is simple to start living healthier.
Drink more water and be aware of how much fuel your body needs.