The Elephant In The Body
Keto, raw, intermittent fasting… The health and fitness industry is riddled with various tips, tricks, tools, techniques, gizmos and gadgets galore, all claiming to heal you and get you shredded into superhero shape. Now, although some of these tools can be useful in the right circumstances, they are often more of a hindrance than a help.
With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming, especially if it’s all new to you. The key really is simplicity. Simplicity can be maintained, and with consistency, we achieve the best results.
The thing is, we really need to be addressing the bigger issues. We need to look at the elephant in the room (or the body in this case). Instead of downing Apple Cider Vinegar in the hope that it’ll burn some body fat, you need to either increase energy expenditure or decrease energy output. It’s really that simple! (FYI, I'm not totally dissing it - ACV can be a very useful beverage, try a teaspoon mixed in water for heartburn, it'll work a treat!)
Think of it like this; you can go and find 20 of the best tricks to burn body fat (just Google it), or you can start tracking your caloric intake. What do you think will achieve the results your after? Trust me, rubbing your buttcheeks with a soap brush whilst oil pulling your teeth is not as efficient as Sally and Sues Health Blog may state. (Although it may actually help to aid in detoxification, improve your oral health and reduce cellulite – but that’s another issue altogether!)
So, the real ‘trick’ is to address the fact that we all need to chill out a bit, focus on the important things and not get distracted with the latest tips from all these ‘gurus’. We need to be looking at the big issues, not several minute details. If you’re following intermittent fasting but eating junk food in your 8 hour feeding window, you’re not gonna achieve great results, regardless of what those IIFYM gurus tell you. I’m not saying it’s impossible to lose fat and eat cake and ice cream all day (it is), but what I will say is that it’s incredibly difficult to maintain and not good for you at all in the long run.
Consistency is the real ‘secret’ trick. If you start a new diet or training plan, the first thing you need to ask yourself is this; “can I maintain this within my lifestyle?” If the answer is anything but a resounding “yes” then walk away and find something that works. Or find a way to make your lifestyle fit the plan.