Fast Result; Fast Return


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I’ve often preached that fast results from crash-diet programs and extreme exercise programs like Bootcamp, won’t keep the pounds away. Losing weight is easy; try eating not more than half a rice bowl of food and a glass of water everyday for two weeks. I guarantee results. You will lose weight, but is it the right way to do it? Will there be any side effects? Will those pounds come back?

Weight loss is a lifestyle. It’s about developing the right habits, getting your body to adapt to the changes and seeing results over a reasonable period. Disagree with me?

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Weight Management – A Real Diet Plan


This is a continuation of my previous article, The Problem With Weight Loss.

DFL-Poster-201404Most would easily confuse weight loss programs, diet programs and other such fads with weight management systems. If you have to cut-off food groups, meals, purchase large quantities of sub-grade supplements, subjugate your body to a variety of new and enhanced fat trimming procedures, then it is a weight-loss or diet program. It is a program that helps you lose weight over a short period of time; believing it works, you spend more money on the program and even recommend friends. After about RM3,000 and 3 months later, you hit a wall and you program director tells you, how the changes in your weight is now effecting you hormones and metabolic rate, so for an additional RM500 a month, they will add a fat burner or two into your diet that will balance everything. Two more months pass, and your weight has not changed nor has it increased. The story now is that you have achieved you stable weight, but (and here is the clincher) if you want to maintain this weight or further reduce it, you need to sign up on the advance program. Some of you go on spending the money on this patch job, but most would dropout and in a short span of time, you regain the weight you had lost.

Give me that RM3,000 and your 3 months, and I will do so much more than just help you lose weight; I will teach your body to manage and maintain that weight.

In my previous article, I gave you an idea of what weight management is and the four basic things you need to do to get started:

  • Eat at regular intervals
  • Eat moderately
  • Exercise
  • Drink lots of water

Here, I want to get into more details of each of the four things and maybe give you a better understanding of why this works.
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EAT AT REGULAR INTERVALS
Set yourself to have a meal every four hours. Yes, that probably means having an average of four meals a day; breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.
Eating regularly tells your body that it does not have to worry about not getting food. Once a habit is developed, your brain will reduce its habit of food storage. It is important that you eat even if you do not feel hungry during a meal period.

The important thing here is that you must eat what constitutes a meal size serving, no more and no less. Instead of giving you portions you need to measure, you merely gauge the right quantity by how you feel at the end of the meal – you should no longer feel hungry nor should you feel stuffed. Remember that you will be having another meal in the next 4 hours. Another way you can gauge this is by comparing your meal size to a standard fast-food combo or value meal serving. It normally consist of a burger, a fries and a drink. Your mains should be about the size of a cheese burger, a side serving of vegetables or salad about the portion of your fries and large cup of water.

Snacking
There’s a chance that you will develop some cravings in between meals; feed that too but stick with protein based food. This is what we call snacking but it does not in anyway imply that you can load yourself with unhealthy, processed snacks you buy from the convenience store. Healthy snacking is merely adding onto your meal routines so you don’t feel so hungry before your next meal.
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Protein is the best option as it takes a longer time to process and thus will keep you feeling filled for a longer time than something carb based. You can take a small portion of low sodium, no carbs, protein based food, drink or supplement. You can also choose from one of the following or go with something similar

  • Half a protein bar,
  • A small serving of tuna,
  • Two or three slices of bacon, chicken or turkey strips
  • Steamed or boiled tofu,
  • Plant based protein drink supplement,
  • One boiled or poached eggs,
  • 2 slices of cheese

That should give you an idea of what and how much you can snack on. Remember that this is just to keep your belly from feeling hunger until your next meal.

EAT MODERATELY
You are not a turkey on Thanksgiving, so why do you stuff yourself at every meal?
Over eating is how most of us cope with hunger pangs, but we do it so often, we only feel like we have had a meal when we have stuffed ourselves silly.

You must practice eating moderately during every meal. Over eating is putting unnecessary excess food into our system. Excess carbohydrates that you do not use, binds the fats that you do not burn. This will then be store in your body in what some call “water weight”. All this excess food can lead to all kinds of health problems and complication. It will force your body to work harder at processing the food you ate and that is why you feel lethargic after a large meal. That being said, too little of anything will also lead to health complications. Malnutrition does not necessarily mean a lack of food. You can suffer from malnutrition when your body is not getting enough of a certain food group. You need to have a sufficient and consistent supply of everything.

The key is being consistent. By increasing the frequency of food intake and reducing the quantity per meal, you give your body the time to process what you eat and never allowing it to feel hungry. This way, your brain stops telling your body to store.

EXERCISE
When your body stops storing excess nutrients, your muscles will eventually use what is already stored. Muscles continue to burn energy even when you are just sitting down and watching television. For this to work properly, you need to build your muscles a little. The more muscles you have, the more energy is burnt.

This makes exercise a vital part of weight management. I’m not asking you bulk-up for a Mister Universe contest, just build your natural muscles. Start a simple daily and weekly exercise routine. Your daily routine only needs to be a ten to fifteen minutes workout, preferably when you wakeup in the morning. Your weekly routine should be 30 to 60 minutes. You could join an exercise group or get some friends together on a weekly basis for a sport activity. This is an excellent way to create a weekly routine.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER
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You would be surprise how drinking water can even help you lose some weight. You should be sweating during your exercise routine and as such, you will need to constantly replenishing the water you lose. Get a sports water bottle for your exercise routines. Make it a habit to sip water as you exercise instead of taking a big gulp at the end of it.

Water keeps your body hydrated. Water flushes out unnecessary waste and toxins from your body. It is a good idea to keep a bottle of water at your desk and in the car and take little sips every five to ten minutes. Go to the toilet when you need to as this is all part and parcel or your body’s cleansing and rejuvenation system. This is why people who drink lots of water, tend to look younger.

There you have it; the four basic steps to starting a weight management program. There is a lot more to it but I wanted to keep it simple enough for you to start a healthier lifestyle. It would take 45 to 60 days for your body to properly accept this new routine; however, if done properly, you will start to see significant changes in your body within the first 14 days.

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Try it out. What have you got to lose, except maybe some weight?

The Problem With Weight Loss


Everyone I know wants to lose weight, even the skinny scrawny ones (which I truly don’t get); unfortunately, very few actually do anything, or at least anything right, about it. Most would opt for the easy way out – quick fix diet programs. At one point in time, it was “eat less”, skip meals, no food after eight in the evening; then came the “no-protein” diet, followed by the “no-carb” diet, the “no-sodium” diet and of course the all supplement only diet. Seriously, did anyone actually take notes on any of these diet programs?
All-in-all, I concluded that all these programs are ever saying is “don’t eat”; and I total and undisputedly agree with it. If you don’t eat, you will lose a great amount of weight. Try it for two weeks. Don’t eat a Goddamned thing. I guarantee you will drop at least four dress sizes down. I have seen corpses. They are freakishly thin; bone like thin.

Weight ManagementHere is the plain and simple truth, your body needs everything. It needs carbohydrates, proteins, fibres, fats, sodium and anything else that you can find in nature. The cave men did it for many centuries. They ate anything that was edible and they probably lived far healthier lives than most of us today. Two to three decades ago, we would not bat an eyelid to walk a kilometer to the bus station; but today we drive to the store that’s just two hundred meters away. We have become a very spoilt and lazy society.

So, What Is The Problem With Weight Loss?
There is a huge difference between weight loss and weight management. If any of you have ever gone on a diet or exercise program, you would likely agree that the hardest part of losing weight is keeping it off. It is easy to lose weight. Just starve a few days and you will lose weight. The problem with weight loss is that it deprives your body of necessary nutrients and basic building blocks. Most weight loss programs are basically starvation programs and starving your body of any food group is bad. Our body is adaptive and when you starve it of anything, it will compensate any way it can and the most common method is excessive storage. If we do not eat regularly, our body will store any excess food for those periods that you do not eat. That is basically how we regain the weight we worked so hard at losing.

The key is not in weight loss rather in weight management. Weight management takes more effort and a longer time period but it pays off. To understand weight management, you would first have to understand how food effects our body and how it is processed. The first most basic problem with most of us is that we eat more than we need to and we also eat rather erratically. What weight management does is it teaches our body to take what it needs and when it needs it. Have you noticed that your weight tends to fluctuate at a plus or minus 2 to 3 kilograms? This is because your brain is managing your weight at what it had always known itself to be. The weight increases and decreases are only temporary effects due to some random activity such as increased stress at the office or a party you attended two nights ago. Other than that, your body tends to stay at more or less the same weight. Weight gain, as with weight management, happens over a long period of time.

Why Do We Gain Weight?
The question is, why do we gain weight? There are several factors for this. The first and most obvious reason is our eating habits. As I said earlier, eating erratically and excessively causes the body to store food unnecessarily. Missing two meals in the day, does not justify eating double the amount later at night. It is just as bad if you skip meals to compensate for the birthday party you had the night before. When this happens too often, you brain starts to prepare for these starvation periods. If it happens too erratically and too often, you brain will get confused and continues to store more and more because it doesn’t know when your body may actually use those backup resources.
The second component is inactivity. Most of us were physically active when we were in school and college. All that excess food and energy gets burnt off with all that activity. After that however, most of us got a job where we spend most of the time at a desk. Suddenly, our bodies are not as active but the brain is still sending that signal to store energy and other resources for those activities that we used to do. To make things worse, most of us eat more when we are stressed. Now your food intake is gradually increasing, your eating habits are all over the place and you are getting less and less physical.
Over time, our muscles start to degrade and less energy is burnt and that is the third component. See, our muscles burn energy even when we are laying about doing nothing. So the more muscle mass you have, the more energy is used and that is why body builders need to consume a lot of food. After months have passed, you realized that you are gaining weight but now lethargy starts to set in. The excess sugars processed from food, builds up in our system and that causes that weak, lazy feeling you get on the weekends. Remember how you used to be able to go on playing games, partying, staying up late at night and still have the energy to wake up and repeat that process? Well, that was because all that energy was eventually used.

On the flip side, some of you may have always been overweight. This means that your body was programmed to be overweight since you were a child. You too can lose weight, however it would take a longer time and more likely a greater amount of effort.

What Is Weight Management?
Weight management is a gradual process of reprograming the brain to take and store only what it needs and to maintain your weight at a more ideal level. In order for this to work, you need to start a regular eating habit with regular physical activities scheduled into your daily or weekly routine. Yes, weight management is a set of routines or habits. Now, here is the good news; it doesn’t only get easier, but it becomes part of you. After that your brain will take over and you’d probably never have to worry about gaining too much weight for a long time. Except for the occasional soirée, you will naturally eat what you need and exercise becomes a necessary part of your day. You will no longer worry about that serving of desert and you would have better control on your cravings.
There are only 4 things that you need to do to begin your journey in managing your weight:

  • Eat at regular intervals – Set yourself to have a meal every four hours. Yes, that probably means having up to four meals a day; breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. You eat even if you don’t feel hungry during a meal period.
  • Eat moderately – Practice eating moderately during each meal. Eat to fill and not to stuff. You are not a turkey, so don’t stuff yourself at every meal.
  • Exercise – Build your natural muscles. Start a simple daily and weekly exercise routine. Join an exercise group or get some friends together on a weekly basis for a sport activity.
  • Drink lots of water – Water keeps your body hydrated. Water also flushes out unnecessary waste and toxins from your body. Have a bottle of water at your desk and in the car. Take little sips every five to ten minutes.

The bad news is that you cannot pick and choose. Weight management can only work with all the above component. It is 100% or nothing.

In the article Weight Management – A Real Diet Plan, I go into more detail on how to manage your weight. For now, this should be enough information for you to start. So, what are you waiting for?

Disclaimer
I am not a trained professional, so do not take this as any form of fact. It is a summary of personal research and experience I had over the years while learning to manage my weight and battle diabetes. I would advice you to seek professional help if you have health conditions that effects or can be effected by your weight.

Fueling Up


Most people don’t really understand what the body needs in order to perform sports activities. Due to the many fads out there in the market, it is easy to lose focus.
Fueling the body properly is vital in any sport but knowing how and when to fuel as well as how much, takes some know-how and practice.

Your muscles use energy all day even when you are just sitting around. When you increase your physical activity, you use more energy. The more intense the physical exertion the more energy is used. Your energy comes from food that contains carbohydrates (carb). Anything starchy (rice, noodles, pasta) or sweet contains carbs. There are simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are found mainly in fruits, milk and anything that has sugar as an ingredient. Complex carbs can be found in grains, legumes and starchy vegetables like corn, peas and potatoes. Your body converts carbs into glucose which travels through your bloodstream providing energy throughout your body.

Your muscles usually store small amounts of energy resource in the form of glycogen. When you run out of glycogen after some physical activity, you will feel fatigue and tired. The more muscles you build the more glycogen is stored and more energy is used. This is why you may feel the desire to eat more than usual as you exercise more often.

Complex CarbPlanning your meals before exercise is important so that you don’t run out of energy too soon. To do this, you first have to know how much energy you will need and for how long. It is generally advised to have a small meal one to two hours before exercising, giving your body time to digest and process the food into energy. You should never go into a workout session on an empty stomach; neither should you eat until you are so full that you end up feeling bloated or nauseous during a workout. The more you eat the longer it takes for the food to digest. This meal is meant to fuel your muscles and therefore should mainly consist of carbohydrates for that very purpose. A small bowl of rice or noodles, some bread or fruit would do the trick. Reduce on proteins and fats as both take a longer time to process and generally do not provide sufficient energy boost.

Sports like badminton, squash and tennis require short burst of energy. The same goes for resistance workout and bench pressing. Your muscles would work for brief periods only and you have the time to rest before repeating the process. During the rests, you have time to grab an energy drink for an instant fuel supply should you require it. Fueling for activities like running or cycling for 30 to 60 minutes is pretty much the same. On the other hand, long distance running, cycling and any other form of endurance activities that extends up to several hours without opportunity to rest, require a prolong and continuous supply of energy. In such activities, it is not convenient to carry along that much energy drink and energy gel packs can only do so much. In a half-marathon (about 21 km), the average runner will run for nearly two hours. So what do marathoners, triathletes and ultra-marathoners do for energy? They carb-load.

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Carb-loading (or carbohydrate-loading) is a strategy used to increase the amount of fuel stored in your muscles to improve athletic performance for endurance sport. Basically, the athlete eats more than the usual amount of carbohydrate for 2 to 3 days working up to a race. The carb is stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver becoming the most easily accessible source of energy. For this to work, a diet of complex carbohydrate is required and the most common of this is pasta. You can also take oatmeal, bread, pancakes, bagels, fruits and any other source of complex carbohydrates.

Originally developed in the late 1960’s, carb-loading typically involved two phases. The result was a boost in glycogen storage beyond the usual levels. This technique starts with a depletion phase where the athlete would go through 3 to 4 days of hard training and a low carbohydrate diet. This depletion phase was thought to be necessary to stimulate the enzyme glycogen synthase. This was then followed immediately by a 3-4 day ‘loading phase’ involving much lower training time combined with a high carbohydrate diet. The combination of the two phases was shown to boost glycogen storage beyond their usual levels. Sports nutritionist Ilana Katz, R.D. says that it is common to see at least four pounds increase in body weight when you carb-load. “With every gram of stored carbohydrate, you store an extra three grams of water,” says Katz. This means that you will also be hydrated as you fuel up.

Carb-loading will not make you run or cycle any faster. There is no increase in efficiency nor skill. Carb-loading merely gives you that extra energy supply when you are working your muscles over a prolonged period. An endurance athlete who does not carb-load may hit “the wall”. Hitting “the wall” means that your body has run out of fuel and its reserves; and is starting to convert fat into energy, however, it takes the body more effort to convert fat into fuel. When this happens, your body starts to feel weak and unresponsive; you may even lose focus.

So, plan your “fueling” meals according to your activities. Getting this right will give you just the right boost of energy. Have a small carbohydrate meal a couple of hours before a regular workout or sport; and work out a one week carb-loading meal plan for an endurance workout or race that’s going to take several hours.

Debunking The Paleo Diet


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There have been so many diet programs over the decades enticing people to lose weight the most efficient and fastest way possible. There is the Volumetrics Diet, The Paleolithic Diet, The Atkins Diet, Low-Carb Diet and then there are nutrition companies coming up with diet systems of their own to promote their products. Such as Herbal Life who encourage you to consume large quantities of their product and be healthy.

I have had my share of diet programs and I personally believe that if the program tells you to not eat certain food group(s) or if they suggest not eating real food or if they even suggest large periods of starvation, then they are on the wrong track.

Here are some basic points you should consider if you are considering a diet program:

  • All food groups are essential to your body
  • Starvation is short term and your body will retaliate at some point
  • Exercise is vital to an effective diet program
  • Diets should be about consumption management and deprivation

The most recent diet program to hit our shores is the Paleo Diet. The first time I was introduced to this was by a fitness trainer, who himself was on the program (to what reasoning I have no idea). As he explained with deep conviction about the diet I became more and more reserved about it. Well, I finally came across a talk that debunks this program and I share many of her viewpoints on the program.

Heck! Watch it yourself and you decide if this is a diet program worth your sacrifice.

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The Running Thriver

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate.

The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.

Set small goals and build upon them.”
-Lee Haney

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**Trigger Warning- there are thinspo images contained within this post**

A few days ago my trainer posted the photo above to Facebook and tagged me in it.  I both agree and disagree with the sentiment conveyed.  I used to be someone who was very into Fitspo images and the idea of pushing through every workout regardless of how I was feeling.  However, I like to believe I have grown as a person since then.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to use these images to motivate people to get off the couch and push themselves harder than they would have otherwise.  The part I don’t agree with is the idea that we should all do so at all costs regardless of the…

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Hangover Remedies


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Is it quite common for you to take a whole day to recover from a night of drinking?
It has been a long time since I went all out on alcohol but I still get caught in one every now and then. The good thing is, I learnt a long time ago how to counter the effects of a hangover. The reason we get a hangover is because too much alcohol depletes your body of nutrients and dehydrates it too.

So what do you do knowing that you will have a hangover?
Here are some simple remedies you should try before you crash out on the pavement or immediately after you figure out when you are.

Watermelon
The fructose in watermelon will replenish your blood sugar level. It is also loaded with juices that will rehydrate your body very fast. This is my favourite quick-fix remedy. Throw in a squeeze of orange or grapefruit to speed up the effects.

Coconut water
Some people believe in fighting a hangover with sports drinks. A natural alternative to sports drinks is coconut water. It contains essential electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium and it rehydrates. This is my alternative to watermelon.

Bananas
When alcohol is consumed, it depletes our body of magnesium and potassium which can lead to nausea and tiredness. Bananas are loaded in both magnesium and potassium and are also great for reducing stomach acid. Bananas are also energy boosters.

Soup
Soup is a great way to rehydrate and replenish you body of sodium and nutrients. It is easy on the stomach and digests more efficiently. I love a bowl of mixed vegetable and pork ribs soup for lunch after a night out.

Oats
An alternative to soup is oats. Oat contain many nutrients, B vitamins and essential minerals. Oats also absorbs toxins, replenishes your sugar level slowly, rehyrates your body and cleanses the liver.

Ginger
Too much alcohol can leave you feeling queasy or nauseous. Ginger will help settle your stomach and relieve nausea. Warm ginger tea is the best and easiest way to consume it.

Eggs
Eggs are rich in protein which raises serotonin levels that boost your mood. Eggs are also rich in cystine, an amino acid that will fight against alcohol-induced toxins. My personal choice would be half boiled eggs with soy sauce.

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12 Indian foods that cut fat

 

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You don’t have to acquire a taste for olive oil, seaweed or soya to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet.

Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it’s cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health.

Ayurveda suggests you include all tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent — in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings. Here are 12 foods that can help you lose weight and gain health:

Turmeric : Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and…

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It is so important to stay hydrated even if you spend your day sitting around.

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Mild dehydration can have serious effects on health

by Michelle Bosmier

(NaturalNews) According to two new studies from University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory, even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on a person’s mood, energy levels and mental performance.

Water levels determine how good we feel

Test results show no difference between taking a 40 minute walk or sitting at a desk. Lawrence E. Armstrong, professor of physiology at University of Connecticut, lead study researcher and hydration expert with over 20 years experience, stressed on the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day, regardless of the level of physical activity one is engaged in.

“Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are 1 or 2 percent dehydrated. By then dehydration is already setting in and starting to impact how our mind and body perform. Dehydration affects all people, and staying properly hydrated is just as important for…

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What Is Your Xcuse?


Warning : This is a Slap-In-The-Face write up. It only for those who are looking for change. Read further at your own peril.

For many years I had wished to be healthier and more physically active. For many years all I did was wish and dreamt and pondered. For many years all I did was nothing.

You can talk about it all you want, but until you actually get off that lazy tush of yours, nothing is going to happen. You will not lose weight. You will not look better no matter what you put on. You can look at yourself in the mirror, lie to your own face and even force your partner to agree with you. Of course you could have been staving yourself into malnutrition but if you have done nothing to your daily routine or food intake, you either look the same or have put on more pounds and forcing your partner into agreeing with you changes nothing. The only way you will actually look and feel better is if you take action and take action now. This is why Nike’s 1988 slogan “Just do it” is one of the top slogans of the twentieth century and is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. So what’s your Xcuse?

It’s Too Much Effort?
Well, if it is too much effort then accept the fact that you will not look any better than you do today. Today is probably the best you would ever look. Give up all hope that you could look and feel better. Stop asking if you look good and instead start asking, “Do I look as shitty as I did yesterday?” because it can only get worse.
Do you seriously like that flab hangging in front of you that you have to lean forward just to see your toes?
Do you seriously like trying to fit into clothes that don’t really fit you at all? Buttons and buckles just trying to break free?
Effort is what you need in anything that you really want. It comes down to your goal; is it important enough? Because if it is, you will make the effort. Remember, this is about you and only you.

I’m Not Fat, I Am Big-Boned.
This is my favourite excuse. Somehow, every time I hear those words they seem to come out of a “fat” or overweight person. This is denial at its best. Look at that large flabby lumpy thing hanging down your arms; it is not muscle. Squeeze that large tub of lard surrounding your mid-section. There are no bones there.
You can stand in front of a mirror all day convincing yourself that you look the way you do because God wanted you to look that way or that it is just who you are; but the fact is you eat too much, you have no self-control and you could not be bothered to exercise properly (lifting a quarter pounder is not exercise). You are only horizontally challenged if you eat right and exercise right and still can’t put-off that excess weight.
I’m not asking you to run a marathon tomorrow. Simply start controlling your food intake and exercise everyday. Set an hour daily to go out walking around the park and gradually increase your speed or distance each week. You don’t need miracles. Just take action.

I Don’t Need To Lose Any More Weight.
Okay. This goes out to you skinny people who just can’t put on any weight. If you don’t want to run or cycle, then get some resistance workout. build some muscles and tone your body. It’s great that you can’t put on weight, but being skinny doesn’t give you a free pass to a healthy lifestyle. You can still have other complications. And would it hurt to have a great looking rear-end?

I Have More Important Responsibilities.
I am sure many of you are married with children. It is understandable that you will have less time for yourself but you still need a little alone time every now and then. This is a great way of getting “alone time”. It is just you and the road for a whole hour or so. If you still need an excuse to get healthy, consider this – what if you landed in the hospital as a result of you not taking better care of yourself.
I have seen many people making their runs a family affair. It is a common sight to see people pushing a stroller on race day. It is really that difficult?

I Have Too Much Work?
I love this one. Everyone complain that they have too much work and thus have no time to work out. Everyone is spending more and more time licking their bosses behinds while time takes a toll on their bodies. The only reason you have to work late is that it has got into such a habit that doing otherwise feels strange. That feeling of coming home early and having a cosy unrushed dinner with the family or partner has become somewhat alien in nature. We will work our backs out for a better life but let us not enjoy it.
Too much work is really no excuse. I used to work in an industry where I ‘had to’ work continuously through late nights and weekends. I was constantly on the go. I told myself, “I have no time to workout” until I was diagnosed for Diabetes. Suddenly I realized that I was not getting paid enough to screw-up my health. Suddenly I could make changes with my schedules and my work environment. Suddenly my boss’s whims and fancies did not really have that much of a hold on me. I am lucky that it was only Diabetes. I have had colleagues who had heart attacks, clogged arteries and other ailments that plagued them because they had no time for their health and because work was that much important to them. How sensible is that?

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So, is it too much to take better care of yourself?
Is it too hard to watch your food intake?
Is an hour or two a week too much time to waste on being healthy?
Is your health really that irrelevant?
Either which way, the real question for your health and well-being still stands: What is your Xcuse?

Note: I intentionally spelled Xcuse without the “e” because you need to “X” it out.