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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 February 21, 2019

Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

1. Salmon

Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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2. Blueberries

Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

Curcumin has also been shown to:

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  • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
  • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
  • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
  • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

4. Coffee

Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

Coffee can also:

  • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
  • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
  • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
  • Improve your memory.
  • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

5. Broccoli

What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

6. Bone broth

Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

7. Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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8. Eggs

For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

9. Dark chocolate

You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

Conclusion

Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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Reference

[1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
[2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
[3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
[4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
[5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
[6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
[7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
[8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
[9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
[10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
[11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
[12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
[13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
[14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
[15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
[16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
[17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
[18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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