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Essential Things You Have to Know About Artificial Fitness Complexity

Essential Things You Have to Know About Artificial Fitness Complexity

I believe that everyone deserves to feel their best every day. Unfortunately many people don’t have an optimal experience in life because they struggle with having excess weight that holds them down physically and emotionally.

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT ANOTHER RA-RA FITNESS ARTICLE. IF YOU READ THIS TO THE END AND TAKE ACTION, YOUR LIFE WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER.*

Being overweight sucks. Any way you try to frame it, you still have to face the facts that it interferes with your overall quality of life. The good news is that it’s unnecessary for 95 percent of people to be that way. If we are going to be real, there are only two reasons you might be overweight.

  1. You have a metabolic disorder due to something such as a thyroid imbalance.
  2. You just don’t know what the hell you’re doing.

Now, I understand your first knee-jerk reaction is probably “screw this guy,” but hear me out.

Artificial Fitness Complexity

I was reading my buddy’s article on decomplication where he was explaining why we believe so many of the most common things we struggle with are difficult, when in reality they are quite simple. As it turns out, there is this concept at play called “artificial complexity” that means that you make something way harder than it needs to be because your ego is getting in the way of how simple the solution is, or you flat out don’t have the willpower to do what it takes to get your ideal outcome.

As my buddy put it in his article, “Artificial complexity occurs when a commonly encountered problem has a simple solution, but that solution is made more complex to appeal to the solver’s lack of willpower, past failures, or to benefit the interests of a third party (usually a company selling something).”

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In the fitness industry, artificial complexity is running rampant. Many people think being lean is complicated — it’s not. Many people also think it will detract from their social life — it doesn’t. Just about everything that makes people think that committing to their fitness will suck is complete B.S.

What REALLY Affects Your Weight

Here is what matters.

  1. That you eat the right amount of food for your body.
  2. That you move your body.

That’s it. Let that sink in for a moment.

I know you have heard so much about GMOs, gluten, and bad carbs vs good carbs that you think what I am telling you is too simple to be true. Why would so many people be making such a fuss over so many things if only two things really mattered when it came to their ability to attain a lean physique?

The answer is obvious isn’t it?

Fitness is a multi billion dollar industry that everyone wants to get their piece of. Just like any other industry, if you want your product to sell, you have to be constantly reinventing it in a new way. Even if the product doesn’t need to be reinvented!

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That is why you always see the next best diet and the next best fat-blasting workout routine. People just need something new to talk about. That’s cool up until the average person gets confused and falls into the trap of artificial complexity. When you see a thousand different options out there, how do you know where to begin? How do you have the discipline to stick with one thing, when you know there is another tactic out there that might be even better than the one you’re doing right now? I mean, everyone who is pushing these products and programs looks pretty good with their shirt off, so who do you listen to?

Well, today you listen to me, because I am lifting the veil of this complexity that has crowded your mind for far too long.

The Truth

I am here to tell you that:

  • You do not need a new groundbreaking supplement.
  • You do not need to workout for hours every day with cutting edge equipment.
  • You do not need to eat chicken and broccoli out of tupperware six times a day.

All you need to do is focus on the two things that matter most, and fitness can be a very enjoyable part of your life.

Here’s the deal, you need to start focusing on what matters, and let everything else go. If you are someone who is overweight, but you are stressing about buying organic, cut it out! Those organic baby carrots aren’t going to help you get any closer to your goals.

What will help you is just focusing on what will bring you results.

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  1. Calculating your calories and macronutrients (and sticking to them)
  2. Moving your body

You don’t even have to do these things every day. Five to six out of every seven days is plenty to keep you from putting on any extra weight. Just do it consistently and make it a part of your daily routine. Many people will read this and think “No there has got to be more” or “No this isn’t something that would work for me because of x,y,z,” and they will just go on living their life, but some of you will feel something rise up inside of you.

You will say enough is enough. I want to live in the body I know I deserve, and I refuse to settle for less. You will save this article, maybe even print it out, and put it on your wall, and look at it daily as a reminder that two things matter: that you’re doing some sort of exercise (move) and that’s you’re eating the right amount of food.

Time to Take Action

Let’s break these two things down in case you are one of those people who are ready to take action right now. Exercise I recommend doing workouts like the one below 3–5 times a week: jump rope and body weight high-intensity interval training workouts.

You can do just about anything. Just make sure you do it consistently.

Nutrition

I recommend using this calculator to find out how much food you need to eat each day, and then using myfitnesspal to track your food to make sure you’re hitting your daily goals for calories and macronutrients (fats, protein, carbs.) Again, hit these numbers 5–6 days a week, and you’ll be great. That’s it. I

f you try and fail at this going forward, it’s going to be because of your will power, not because you had the wrong tactics. Unless of course, you fall into the 5 percent of people struggling with Hyperthyroidism (what happens when your body isn’t making enough of your thyroid hormone.) But, let me reiterate, that’s probably not you.

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You just need to take the advice I just gave you about eating the right amount of food and exercising and follow it. For as long as it takes to reach your target goal, follow it. It may take a week, a month, or a year. It doesn’t matter. This is now a part of your life, so there’s no reason to even think about an end date for this new attention you are diverting towards being lean. Embody it. Build this into your identity, and just go with this process.

One Year From Now

After a year or so of being diligent with tracking, you’ll figure out how much food your body needs, so you’ll be able to stop using myftinesspal. At this point you’ll have such a deep understanding about what your body needs that you’ll never have to worry about finding a new diet again. Your diet is always just to get back to your numbers and tighten things up.

Movement will become something that you look forward to, something that you use as a form of therapy and that you do because you enjoy it. That’s the point I have gotten to and you will too. Just stay the path and find ways of moving your body that you enjoy (like this.)

Beyond that, let the good times roll. Live a life where you look and feel awesome every day. It’s your opportunity. Go.

Featured photo credit: Body Building via bodybuilding.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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