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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 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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