Most people have heard of the K.I.S.S principle - Keep It Simple Stupid.
So, why is it that we make health and fitness so complicated? For example, “to lose weight and gain muscle you need to not eat carbs after 4:37pm, exercise for 27.68 minutes at a heart rate of 163bpm, under the light of a 3/4 blue moon while consuming the milk of a Tibetan yak unless of course your blood type is B positive”
you could move more and eat less junk food!!
With our increased knowledge, it seems that modern society has taken the reason for our obesity problem to extremes by explaining it with having the wrong genetics, or a hormone imbalance, or a fast or slow metabolism, or a gland problem. We never seem to blame the fact that we eat too much and move too little. I'm sure our ancestors, while hunting and gathering, never had gland, hormone or metabolism issues, however, of course they didn't have a couch, Doritos and Jerry Springer either.
Consider this as a first step for the worst possible diet in the world. (And by "worst diet" we're talking doing laps through the McDonalds Drive Through on a Friday night.)
Even if you did not change a solitary thing about your diet and all you did was to start moving more, do you think it possible that you may not gain weight as quickly, or stop gaining weight, or even start to lose weight? Then, spurred on by your progress you might make small changes to your diet. This could perhaps be halving your fast food intake. Not giving it up, just everything in moderation. This is a very achievable first step.
Like all things in life, health and fitness is an attitude as much as it is a physical act. But here are your two choices:
It is all so complicated that there is no point starting because you won't get the results you want as you can't afford yaks milk and your blood type is B positive.
It is as simple as strength training for as little as 30 minutes once a week, moving your body with huffy puffy exercise for 100 minutes a week, and eating more fruit and veggies and less processed food.
If number two is the right choice for you then you are off to a brilliant start!
To get started, try this great action plan…
Simple Action Plan
Simply start moving more (walking is great to start with) than you do now and keep increasing your time ideally 100 minutes per week. Once you get used to that, start to up the intensity by jogging in small spurts.
Make achievable changes to your diet, eat more fruit and vegetables, and drink more water than you do now.
Finally, begin a simple strength routine with advice from your local gym instructor or personal trainer - the good ones are always happy to help.
To be honest sometimes in life it is nice to believe that the reason we don't do things is because they are too hard. To admit to ourselves that it is simple and yet we still have not accomplished it is depressing. The truth is even the most complicated things in the world are the sum of simple steps combined.
Remember, keep it simple
● to lose weight just move more and eat less
● to gain muscle just lift more than you can now.
After all, it's not rocket science!
Author - Luke Smith