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Stay away from the extremes in diet and exercise

Posted by | Posted in Daily | Posted on 22-09-2009

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These past few months, I've read some interesting comments from readers who feel there method of eating and fitness is the only way to go.  I'm sure you've heard of them before.  Those that don't eat carbs … those that stay away from fat … those that eat and drink an enormous amount of protein … those that don't exercise ever … those that exercise way too much, those that only exercise with slow movements, etc.  You know what I've realized.  All of these schools of thought are extreme.  Out of all of these, I bet you can guess which one really gets to me.  That's right, low-carb eating.  I have to say, of all the comments I receive, those that leave comments in support of low-carb eating are the most mean-spirited.  I never have understood why the people who leave these comments seem to want to start a fight over why their way of eating is the best way to eat.  Then it dawned on me – with all the extreme ideas in fitness, low-carb eating is just one of them. 

My feeling is, and I've seen this from first-hand experience with clients, extreme fitness concepts never work.  Sure, they may bring quick results, but I've never seen lasting results.  Why is that?  I think it's because extreme concepts are not easy to live by.  It's easy to pump yourself up for a few months of following an extreme dieting and workout plan, but the majority of us will start to fizzle out.  That's not necessarily a bad thing.  If the body is overtrained, it's defense mechanism is to fizzle out before serious damage results.  Same with the other extreme fitness and diet approaches.  The mind and body have a hard time staying in an extreme state, and as a result, you start to lose accountability and drive to continue.

My conclusions … just stay consistent and balanced.  Instead of working out until you pass out, try consistently performing moderate-level workouts your body and mind can handle.  Instead of trying to eat no carbs, no fat, or no sugar, make smarter chooses in what you do eat and try for a balanced approach instead of an extreme approach.  Not only is a balanced approach a more natural way of living, it will also lead to a mind and body that is more consistent and accountable, and it will help prevent you from stressing out so much about trying to live on the extreme side of some concept in diet and exercise.  I'm sure I'll still get heated comments/feedback from the extreme wellness individuals, but oh well.

Comments (9)

Nice post. i’m a desperate guy whose struggling to lose weight! thanks for these tips.

You’re so right, consistency is key. I’m a fan of the cross fit workouts and eating raw food and those are pretty extreme. But I’ve been able to maintain them for years now. Don’t want to fly too high or too low. Great post!

It’s really good to do things in a extreme way because too much is not good anymore, even in doing things that you thought is just OK.
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Very nice and informative article, let me share my fitness experience with dear readers. I used to be very fit and athlete, but with the passage of time I became lazy and developed a habit of eating and sleeping along with no exercise. Which deposited around 25 – 30 Kilo of fat into my stomach, face, legs and all over my body? Everyday when I looked in the mirror I had thought today I will start exercising, which was clearly a false promising to myself, again with the passage of time I realized now enough is enough I have to do something to get rid of this fat. So I stepped on to the thread mill and started running 40 Minutes everyday at 9 Miles per hour. Right after finishing a marathon every day I then take the free weight and start building my shoulders and biceps, chest and etc. 3 Days continues exercise and 2 days rest which continued over the period of 3 months and I have now lost 22 Kilo of fat and I have started to look young and energetic once again. I recommend everyone who is facing the same symptoms of fatness try to get fit, it is really easy and not difficult at all. Thank you

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I see people at the gym doing way more than they should all the time. I think the idea is it has to hurt a lot to work. Staying away from extremes is key if you’re going to stick with it.

Learn self esteem, be able to look at yourself in the mirror and feel great about the way you look.

I have definitely experienced better results once I stopped working out until the point of exhaustion. Although it sounds counter-intuitive Dan is actually correct about working out consistently and moderately.

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