On a recent night out the conversation was directed towards my weight loss…Again.
All the usual questions arose. “what diet did you do – You must exercise a lot – Paleo! What’s that?”.
The last question is the one I hate to talk about. Describing paleo is very difficult when in my mind paleo is a personal thing and not just about food, diet or exercise.
There is nothing worse than getting into an in-depth conversation about what paleo is, with a drunk guy that is overweight and has no intention of ever changing his habits…And to be honest, now I know and understand the benefits of all round good well-being, I am tired of just talking weight loss…
What led to where I am now started with the desire to lose weight, but what I didn’t realise at the time, is weight loss was not a consequence of my diet directly but more a result of my lifestyle.
Part of the problem is that we too often focus on the look of our bodies, rather than the performance of our body.
Aiming to only “look good” rather than perform optimal is the reason most diets fail.
Let’s face it! no-one wants to look good naked but feel like shit all the time, but that’s what’s happening.
Visual is seen as the most important thing and so our vainness is really our downfall.
If we aim for optimal, we gain a host of other benefits from reaching to that level, including better sleep, more energy, clearer tighter skin and of course lasting weight loss.
Unfortunately, most of us think in the moment or as near as, aiming to lose 5lbs in 4-weeks ready for that beach holiday or to fit in a wedding dress.
People that lose a small amount of weight in a short period are actually on the right track, yet they never had the intention of keeping it up and old habits come back.
If we are slightly hungry or bored, we just eat without thought, as long as we cure the hunger or fulfill the need there and then.
And so the story goes…
Optimal or healthy is not something the general population strive to achieve, because we have in our heads that our bodies are older, they can no longer be optimal like when we were 20…But in my mind I can be an optimal 46 year old, which does not mean I’m trying to be as fit or do what I did in my 20’s.
We must stop associating our health by the shape and size of our bodies…assuming that thin is healthy.
Let me tell you. There are a lot of thin people out there struggling and suffering from all-sorts of problems.
We have to learn to look past the physical appearance of our bodies and reach for being optimal in every aspect possible, starting with your gut, frame and muscle.
Everything else will fall into place.