I’ve been struggling to come up with any new topics for blog entries the past few weeks. For the one thing I’ve been quite busy already dividing my time between Brunswick and Latrobe Valley, training some nice people at the gyms, coaching some more nice people online, doing some business development and marketing (boring!) stuff and of course hitting the weights myself.
Apart from that… well, honestly I could talk about training and fitness and nutrition ALL day EVERY day. But, I run out of NEW things to talk about because lets face it, my approach is super simple. Eat the right amount, pick some stuff up. Push, pull, bend & extend. Maybe a little cardio as well. Lately I think I talk more about just keeping a healthy, positive attitude than anything technical.
As a friend (who also happens to be a bodybuilder and one of the best trainers I know) said to me the other day; it’s not about coming up with complicated approaches, it is about taking what is complicated and making it seem simple. And like I keep saying, I keep it VERY simple because I think “simple” means “straight forward and logical”, which means people can actually stick to the plan and have a snowball’s chance of making it work and being successful. When you make things more complicated, put more “rules” in place and so forth, it’s too much for people! My goal is always to make everything so easy that people have absolutely no excuse not to succeed.
Lau Tsu said;
The great Way is quite level, but the people are much enamored with mountain trails.
There’s a tendency amongst people to look for the most extreme, restrictive or self-punishing approach to weight loss, and there’s also a tendency amongst industry people to try to show off their knowledge with talk about how “well there was a scientific study proving that… ” blah blah blah yawn zzzzzzzz. Who cares if it’s not a realistic approach that you can actually expect people to stick to?
I find lately that I enjoy talking online about fitness and nutrition with people who are just successful enthusiasts rather than industry professionals, because for the most part they’re talking about stuff they actually DO that gets results, rather than just ideas that might sound great in theory but are completely impractical for anyone in real life. Generally the people getting results and actually enjoying themselves aren’t focussed on the intricate details of nutrition and exercise science, they’re just getting in there and doing what they do consistently to the best of their ability.
So if you’re searching around the internet or anywhere else for a good approach to getting into shape, losing weight or whatever… here’s a question to ask yourself when evaluating the information you find;
Does that sound like normal human behaviour to you?
Now, this is a little ironic coming from me, because I’ve always hated the “normal” and believed people should be individuals, celebrate their uniqueness and try to be their best instead of conforming and embracing mediocrity. So, while I don’t encourage that sort of “normalness”, as far as diet and exercise goes I don’t really see how people can expecting lasting results from anything that it isn’t somewhere in the realms of what can be considered normal human behaviour. I definitely don’t understand how trainers can recommend any approach that doesn’t sound like normal human behaviour, either!
So, whether it’s the juice diet, soup diet, whatever other stupid “don’t eat any of this, just eat this instead” diet, disturbing eating disorder related behaviour… the latest I heard people talking about was “eat whatever you want for two days, then just water for the next day”… really? REALLY? The same goes for excessive amounts of exercise as well. I talked a lot about that recently!
So what would I consider normal?
It’s real simple. I’ll make it in point form for even greater simplicity.
- Consuming an appropriate amount of foods to maintain a healthy weight range.
This means NO starvation diets, but not over indulging either. Ideally people would be able to do this by intuition alone, but for most of us we might need to count calories and macros for a while until our intuition is a bit more accurate. My observation is that women in particular will UNDER eat, which makes it hard to achieve great results – under eating can actually be just as bad as over eating.
- Around one hour a day of resistance bearing activity.
Think about it. Outside of modern sedentary lifestyles, humans would be moving around, carrying things, squatting down, getting back up… escaping from wild animals! Most of us don’t do any of that any more, so we need to make up for it with an exercise session. About an hour is PLENTY. 4 hours of cardio followed by weights followed by whatever else after a day of work and/or study is NOT normal behaviour.
That’s about it. It really doesn’t take much, does it?