Disclaimer: I am not a qualified Nutritionist or Dietician. I am firstly a Personal Trainer, a Chef and passionate Nutrition student at QUT. If you have any concerns with your health you should consult a health professional.
Here I’m sharing a video by Ivor Cummins who has researched the science of human metabolism and has the support of many health professionals. You can Google many of his other talks.
I am also not advocating any specific diet except to say a healthy well balanced whole food diet. If you love sugar and excessive carbohydrates or food, in general, you may find inspiration and consider a different point of view. This is simply my thoughts and takeaways after watching this video which I found super interesting.
My takeaways based on this video are:
Obesity and/or poor health can be a long road of food abuse/neglect before serious implications become obvious (symptoms).
Under the surface, we may be symptom-free though this does not mean the damage isn’t slowly being done. We can rely on medical care and drugs to make us better or we can make a little more effort looking after ourselves first by way of a balanced diet and some form of movement therapy (aka exercise/sport/fun). Imagine if all diet-related disease costs were invested in other areas of society. Think environment, sustainable renewable energy, children’s education, cancer research, or installing sporting facilities in regional areas.
I have to give credit to my father here. When I was a child around 1984 I remember him having bumper stickers printed with the words, “Prevention is Better than Cure”. Yes, when you hear that phrase, you now know that it isn’t a new concept. It isn’t until the last few years this has really become evident in my mind. You might hear “Prevention is Better than Cure” in conversation or in the media of past and present. History has a way of coming back and kicking us in the arse.
Unfortunately for many people, it might be too late by the time symptoms have arisen. Many diet-related problems may or may not be fixed by correcting the diet. This is why I urge you to take action.
Note: Having a higher body fat percentage does not instantly implicate you to disease. Neither does being lean instantly put you in the clear. There are various markers to how healthy you are. These can be broadly categorised into body composition, heart rate variability (HRV), biochemical markers, cardio-respiratory fitness, and endothelial function.
So what can you do?
- Discontinue a highly processed food diet or at the least limit it to special occasions or rarely.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit Alcohol to at or below the recommended government guidelines.
- Move more.
I know these things don’t happen automatically and may take time. I used to smoke. Actually for more than 17 years and always struggled to give up (everytime). I could never handle my alcohol so no struggle limiting that. I still enjoy a glass of wine or beer on occasion.
With regards to eating a healthy well-balanced diet, I think it may take time depending on the individual to have this at a good point. But the point is that we need to get there as soon as possible. I never said take donuts off the planet. God forbid. Or chocolate eclairs or almond croissants or chippies or Doritos. OK, ok, ok. But seriously these should be seen as delicacies on occasion if that. If you’re not exercising and haven’t got everything else in check, water, sleep, smoking, alcohol then you shouldn’t be touching those delicacies. Let alone soft drinks.
With regards to getting moving. I’ll keep this super simple. Find something you enjoy and keep doing it. Find a way to incorporate it into your life. You may need to try a few different things until you find one you really like and fits in with your lifestyle. The list is vast.
At a glance, try:
- Group fitness classes
- Jet skiing
- Martial arts
- Personal Training
- Rock climbing
- Touch football
If you are trying hard and doing your best then great. Maybe you can help someone else. Ask yourself if you think you are doing your best. Are you being honest? If you need help then that’s ok too. Seek help in areas of managing your calories, making healthier food choices and learning how to cook. You may even need to speak with a Certified Nutritionist or Dietician or maybe a Psychologist. Healthy food does not need to be boring or tasteless. And please consider what you are teaching your kids in all of this. Help them to make healthy choices in life, for life and the future lives they will bring up.
I currently offer one on one cooking coaching and personal training to get you back on track. For any medical conditions or health concerns please consult your health professional first. I can work with your health professional also to develop a very accurate progressive timeline to guarantee you the best results..
Yours in health and vitality,