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A client sent me this article about a trainer that purposely tried to gain weight. Apparently, he wanted to be able to better empathize with his clients on why they'd miss workouts and continue to eat junk.
So he traded in the lean proteins and fruits and veggies and complex carbs for fatty, fried and sugary foods.
He said, "I've become quite addicted to the kinds of fatty sugary food that is bad for you, and it's going to be hard to get out of that habit."
He then goes on to say, "Once you start eating an unhealthy diet, it is tough to break that cycle. I used to enjoy healthy food and eat a lot of lean meat, grilled fish and green leafy vegetables.
But now I've got the taste for chocolate, biscuits and fizzy drinks. The energy these foods give you is short-lived, so your body is soon wanting more."
He said he also feels sluggish all the time.
There are a lot of interesting golden nuggets in this article.
I don't even want to mention the fact that he was a trainer and had no idea what his clients were going through!
Regardless, I do understand how hard it is. That's exactly why I started MyBodyTutor! I was working in Corporate America and I found myself constantly making excuses. Constantly rationalizing my poor eating and lack of exercise...and I hated it!
We truly are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act. But a habit!
I was in the habit of forming bad habits and making bad choices.
Just like we can get into healthy habits meal by meal, workout by workout, we can easily get out of healthy habits just like this guy did.
Great habits are very hard to form. Bad habits are very easy to form.
The more I exercise, the more I want to exercise! The less I exercise, the less I want to exercise!
The more sugar I eat, the more sugar I want! The more salt I eat, the more salt I want!
Unhealthy foods that are loaded with salt and sugar (especially) are mentally and physically addicting.
Each time we eat sugar, we're further reinforcing learned behaviors. It's very hard to break the habit. Believe me I know!
Here's the obvious kicker:
The only thing that's going to change things is changing things! And the only way to stop craving sugar is to actually stop eating it!
We're not robots, though!
Saying you're never going to eat sugar again is ridiculous. Start with a crazy small goal of, say, just today! No refined or processed sugars.
The only sugar you can eat is natural sugar in the form of fruit or in real food. But just start with your next meal. That's it! And go meal by meal.
Realize each time you have an intense craving for sugar, and each time you feed it with natural sugar, not refined, your changing what your body wants.
Each time you give in, your further reinforcing those cravings.
And I'm not saying you can't ever indulge in cake or cookies or candy. But we can all agree that we feel so much better when we're 'off' sugar, for the most part.
Flex your sugar muscle!
The more you say no, the easier it'll become! The more you say yes, the harder it becomes to say no!
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