YOU MUST DO IT THIS WAY
Have you every heard the saying: To succeed in life you MUST work hard and make sacrifices?
What about.. To lose weight you MUST eat salad and starve?
Or maybe- Look at this boxer, he must eat the best diet ever and train all day to be that good!
There are so many more things that we know we MUST do. Or so we have been told anyway. But let’s look at some “successful people”… lets face it some of them just inherited their parents money. Have they really worked hard and made sacrifices?!
Some of the best athletes on the planet eat 10,000 calories a day and have abs… So erm… whats this eat little thing all about hey? Maybe just fuel your body appropriately?
Tyson Fury notoriously eats burgers and chips and often says how he skips the occasional training session yet hes the champ!
But it is not the only way.
Today we discuss how what peoples perceptions may be of the “norm” could be completely untrue! Do you really think that eating those little bread sticks all day is truly the best way to lose weight?!
Let’s first talk about a guy I over heard in Starbucks.
“My mate Steve, right, hes like in awesome shape, great abs and stuff, he trains 3 times a day and eats 16 meals, all broccoli and chicken. I swear mate this is the way to go.”
The reason I am rambling on here is that yesterday I visited a conference in Cardiff and listened to Dr Kitrina Douglas. If you don’t know who she is, she was a international golf super star winning the European Championships, English open, has been on various TV and radio shows and has written several research papers.
She was speaking at a conference about how players in the sporting world are told that they MUST dedicate their entire lives, sacrifice everything, attend the training camps, and follow a certain blueprint or they will never make it.
She read pieces from her research where the majority of sports people admitted that the sport was basically their life, and everything else came second.
She then read from some who took a different view. An alternative approach and still succeeded.
For example Kitrina herself did not follow the standard protocol. She played golf because she enjoyed it and her dad was her inspiration. She didn’t think that when she won a tournament that her dad would now be proud of her, she already knew he was regardless of the result.
This stuck in my mind yesterday and I wanted to write a little piece about how diets seem to have influenced peoples minds over the years.
You must eat very little so that you can lose weight!
This has been put in everyone’s minds since they were young. “Go on a diet. Eat less. Stop binge eating. Cut the carbs out. Fat is bad. ”
All of this is something that we are told from an early age. We believe this because it is what everyone says. So it must be true right? When we then see someone eating clean healthy foods, perhaps high in fats, we question and think they must be cheating. Because it is not the norm is it.
But in truth eating more nutritious foods, eating good fats for satiety, eating carbs for energy and eating protein for repair and maintenance (an extremely simplistic way to look at it) and eating plenty of it, we can see that the body will benefit far more for it.
In fact I urge you to pop over to Mezz blog on how she tackled Anorexia and now, by eating a LOT more food, looks healthy and strong.
Boxers must sacrifice 16 hours of their day to train and eat right or they’ll never succeed
hmmm. Really. lets see Tyson Fury, world champ… He is a self proclaimed FAT MAN of boxing, and Anthony Joshua who is a chiselled looking machine has been offering Fury some weight loss tips. But has that stopped Fury from succeeded? Far from it he is despite anyone’s feelings toward the man, a World Champion. THE world champion. You don’t get there by pure luck. He does work hard but he often says he eats burgers and takes lots of time off training. One quote from a press conference: Fury said: “Boxing doesn’t even mean much to me otherwise I wouldn’t go into camp four stone [heavy] every week having eaten every pie in Lancashire and drunk every pint in the UK.”
So what about Carbohydrates?
NO Carbs before Marbs they say?!
Yet carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel from our brain. Completely avoiding them is something that is going to do far more harm than good, be it physical or psychological. Let’s briefly discuss orthorexia;
- an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.
- a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods that they believe to be harmful.
- Read up on that and tell me that avoiding carbs and milk and fruit is healthy…
In summary, we are brought up believing in certain health myths, yet most of the time there is another way.
You need to find a diet and lifestyle regime that fits your lifestyle, fits your goals and most importantly doesn’t ruin you psychologically.
Just because your mate Steve down the gym eats broccoli and chicken 24/7 18 times a day washed down with a protein shake, doesn’t mean this will work for you.
There are far too many factors that will influence your choice in a diet and the most important factor is YOU.
Don’t be like Steve. There truly is no need!
If you need assistance with training or diet just get in touch.