Monday, August 22, 2011

Try New Things To Get New Results

Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results”. This applies to many areas of our lives; staying in bad relationships, continuing to do work that isn’t suitable for us, etc. 

One of the biggest ways I see this present itself with my clients is the concept that eating the diet du jour and exercising a specific way will produce extraordinary results. In theory yes, eating the right things and exercising will produce a positive result, however only if done correctly and intelligently.

The media has pumped us up with false ideas on how attain that certain look that will make us all feel accepted and happy. They prey on our emotions and use this to suck us in. These plans mostly require you to participate in extreme regimens that are doomed to fail. DIETS DON’T WORK. Ask any real fitness/health professional. We know the design of these programs. They entice you with magical thinking, and leave you worse off than you were before. Our bodies are very complex and we must understand how they work in order to get real results. 

You can’t believe everything you hear and follow what everyone else is doing to get real results. Remember your parents telling you “I suppose that if your friend jumped off the Empire State Building, you would jump off the Empire State Building too?  Of course you wouldn't, right? Investigate, find out the facts and take your health seriously.  Most of these diets have been around since the mid-seventies and many of them circulate anew each year. There is nothing new about fad diets. They didn't really work then and they don't really work today.  Unfortunately, there is no magic pill. 

Now that we’ve established that fad diets aren’t the solution to getting your best physique, let’s talk about what is. As I said earlier doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insane. This is what often happens with people. They eat the same foods and exercise the same way and always complain about how nothing they are doing is working. A lot of times clients will tell me that they exercise 6-7 days a week and sometimes more than once a day. They believe by expending more energy (calories), they will get faster results. 

This is one of the biggest exercise myths there is: “Exercise more and eat less will lead you to your goal." Our bodies are very adaptable and that kind of routine may work for a short amount of time as an initial shock to your system, but soon enough your body will plateau and work with the stress (yes exercise is considered a stress.” Women who consume less than 1500 calories a day and men who consume less than 1800 calories, and exercise regularly are considered to be in a constant state of starvation, which causes muscle deterioration and excess fat storage.

One of the most clear and concise theories to describe the way to get results via exercise is the adaptation principle. This is one of the primary concepts you have to understand to design a successful exercise program. When you place your body under stress by working out, your body reacts with predictable physiological changes. With a proper recovery period and diet, you become more fit.

If you apply just the right amount of stress – known as overload  – your body will naturally adapt to the harder workout provided you have a period of recovery before your next workout. Over time, this is how you make progress; the delicate balance between overload, adaptation, and recovery forms the basis for your exercise progression and results.  This is why at Fusion we change your program every 4 weeks, so your body constantly has to adapt and change. We are not doing the same things over and over again.  

The same thing goes for your diet that applies to exercise.  If you have been eating the same diet, hoping that eventually it will lead you to your results, start something new today! 

The following are 3 of the most common dietary myths to change for immediate results:

·         Myth #1: If you want to lose weight, you should eat a low-carb diet.
Carbohydrates are absolutely necessary to optimal energy and health. Cutting out carbohydrates is dangerous for our systems and doesn’t allow us to thrive. Eat the right carbs for the right results. Avoid refined products (white pasta, white bread, white rice, sugar etc...) Stick to whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

·         Myth #2: Reducing your caloric intake with low calorie diets, meal replacement bars, shakes, liquid diets will help you lose weight fast and easy.
You need to be eating the correct calories for your goals and activity level, if you are sticking to a generic number for weight loss that applies to everyone, fat chance that this will work. Your body is an expert at storing calories if something is off. Find out exactly what you need. Find out your base metabolism and get the numbers right. You can find out by Clicking Here.

·         Myth #3: Eating fat makes people fat.
This could be furthest from the truth. Fat is another essential nutrient that our bodies need for energy, in fact fat helps people lose fat. Just like carbohydrates there are certain kinds that you should avoid. These include trans fats and too much saturated fat. The fats you should embrace are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (olive oil ,canola oil, nuts, seeds) Coconut oil, which is considered a saturated fat is actually different than most, in that it absorbs better and is used to burn energy. This oil is linked with weight loss.

So where have you been going wrong? Have you been sticking to false beliefs driven by the media? Or are you interpreting your friend’s results into the results you could have?  Start experimenting with new ways of thinking and acting. This is how you will produce a new result.  If you need clear and accurate direction ask a fitness/health professional. We are more than happy to guide you on your journey to a healthy and fit body. 
Remember…out with the old and in with the new!

-Juliet Burgh NASM, CHC

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