Simple, Not Easy

In case you hadn’t noticed, we have an obesity epidemic in the United States (OK most of the developed world).  Why?  What caused it?  Whose fault is it?

Lots of questions.  Admittedly, the socio-economic and cultural underpinnings of our rampant obesity are complex and poorly understood – and don’t even get me started on the physiological specifics of fat gain.  Just when I thought we’d figured that out (insulin hypothesis), someone comes along and points out that the evidence doesn’t really support the theory.  Oops.  So that’s still up in the air.

Thing is, all of that

Doesn’t Really Matter For You

because you don’t need to understand much lipid physiology or sociology to stay fit and healthy.

It’s simple really:

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods that you cook yourself (meat, veggies, eggs, fruit)
  • Lift heavy weights a few times a week
  • Run around fast a few times a week (or bike or swim or whatever) – God, I’m starting to sound like Mark Sisson*
  • If you really want to see your abs, keep your carbs below 75 or 100 grams a day.
Simple indeed.  Thing is, it’s not easy.  For folks used to breaking their fasts with doughnuts, microwaving dinner on a plastic tray, and finishing the day with ice cream, cooking and eating unprocessed foods is hard to get used to.  If you don’t exercise now, it can seem daunting to do it even 3 times a week.  If you’re a woman, you’re probably conditioned to fear lifting anything heavier than a smallish handbag; it’s tough to get in the mindset of lifting heavy shit.
women lifting weights

Stay away from roids ladies.

So despite the concepts being very simple to understand, it takes discipline and consistency to implement them and see results (at least at first – you get used to it – especially once you feel better, run faster, and pick up heavier things than you ever thought possible).

While I frequently downplay the challenges of getting fit, it does take more than 3 easy payments of 19.99.  It takes commitment.  It takes drive.  It takes effort.

But it’s worth it.

 

* Mark Sisson is the author of The Primal Blueprint and writes Mark’s Daily Apple.  He’s also pretty jacked.

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Mark Sisson - ripped paleo guy