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10 Quotes that Explain What’s Wrong with Your Diet

10 Quotes that Explain What’s Wrong with Your Diet

When looking to improve your health it can be hard to know where to start. A great place would be with nutrition. What many people don’t know or have forgotten is that nutrition is a two-sided discipline. It concerns not only what you eat but also when you eat.

Food has been a central figure in health for as long as we have recorded history. It is a symbol of prosperity, temptation, hospitality, and has been an influencing factor in the spread of populations across the globe. I have gathered new and ancient nutritional wisdom alike from some of the greatest thinkers the world has known, all of which has now been validated by modern science.

Here are ten quotes that perfectly summarize everything you need to know to clarify your understanding of diet and nutrition to help you down the road towards a happier and healthier life.

Alexander Pope Quote

    You’ve probably struggled to stick to diets, or been discouraged by your own “lack of willpower”, or felt guilty for eating. You don’t have to feel this way because it’s not you that is failing the diets. The diets are failing you. Ditch the diets.

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    Michael Pollan Quote

      Despite the heart-healthy labels, Cheerios are not good for you. In fact, almost all processed foods are bad. In order to make something shelf-stable, nutrients are removed and replaced with refined carbohydrates which are a form of sugar. Sugar makes you fat. Focus on regularly eating healthier, whole foods.

      Martin Berkhan Quote

        If you are regularly eating healthy foods then you don’t have to live in fear of “cheating”. It’s okay to enjoy the occasional treat and to not feel guilty about it. The goal is simply to keep it occasional.

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        Hippocrates Quote

          That even goes for dieting. Humans aren’t made to diet all the time, nor to eat junk food all the time. Find a healthy balance of restraint and indulgence. Find pleasure in both. There is peace in moderation.

          Chinese Proverb about Health

            Pharmaceuticals are amazing, but they can become crutches that mask symptoms instead of solving root problems. If you are taking medication to help you out, don’t be afraid to give your health an extra boost with other means like improving your diet and fasting.

            Hippocrates Quote

              Your food determines how you feel day to day, not just when you are sick. Regularly eating healthy, whole foods will boost your energy, improve your mental clarity, and help you sleep better!

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              Dr. Robert C. Peale Quote

                Your body is a powerful organism. When treated properly and given the nutrients it needs it has the ability to prevent and heal almost anything. In fact, the practice of fasting has been shown to reduce the chance of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis, to reduce the potency and side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, reduce inflammation, and even reverse type-2 diabetes!

                Tony Robbins Quote

                  Cutting down portion size, cutting out snacks, not eating when you aren’t hungry, and intermittent fasting are by far the most effective tools for weight management.

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                  Paracelsus Quote

                    Ever notice how when you are sick you don’t feel like eating? That is because your body wants to focus it’s energy on healing, not digesting. Fasting is the body’s healing state. It literally gets rid of worn out parts, repairs anything that is damaged, and creates new better-working and cleaner building blocks.

                    Herbert M. Shelton Quote

                      One forgotten or lost principle of nutrition is that when you eat matters just as much as what you eat. You should spend as much or more time in the fasted state, otherwise your body doesn’t have enough time to complete the digestive process and turn its focus to other things such as detoxifying and healing.

                      With these new insights, we hope that living a healthier life will come easier to you.

                      Featured photo credit: LifeBox Nutrition| lifebox.diet via pinterest.com

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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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