No one would ever build a house on a dodgy foundation would they? It doesn’t matter how nice the house looked or how well the bricks were laid, eventually the cracks would appear and the house would need major repairs or even start falling down around you.
The same thing applies to a person’s diet and exercise plan. We need to lay solid foundations so that we can build healthy, stronger bodies, not weak and feeble bodies that will end up getting injured.
Let me give you three examples, two of which are bad foundations and one is good. Let’s take a look.
You hardly perform any type of exercise except walking to your car or to the vending machine. You drink fizzy drinks, snack on crisps and chocolate and eat regularly from McDonald’s and other fast food places. Every now and again you make a conscious effort to eat something healthy like Special K or a whole grain sandwich.
Every December you justify stuffing your face in the name of Christmas and the fact that you’ll be starting your new diet and lifestyle on the 1st of January, allowing you to enjoy your last few weeks of eating crap.
Come the end February you’re back to your old habits and now have a gym membership that you don’t use.
You go out for a run 2-3 times a week early in the morning or after a hard day’s work. You eat very healthily with your brown bread and whole grain cereal that’s high in fibre and low in fat.
You may be somebody who counts calories and never goes over your ‘recommended’ daily allowance that some overweight ‘expert’ set back in the 80′s. Every now and again you jump on the scales and check your BMI to ensure you’re still classed as being a ‘healthy’ weight.
You go to the gym and perform resistance training 2-3 times a week. You like training and getting stronger but you don’t want to look “big” or “bulky”. You eat relatively low carbohydrate and rarely eat processed food such as bread and microwaved meals.
Once a week you let you hair down and go out and enjoy yourself after a hard week at work and take a day off eating healthy because it’s your cheat day and you deserve it.
You never check the scales and simply just look in the mirror or use your clothes sizes and the way they fit your body as a reference point.
Believe it or not, the people in example 1 and 2 aren’t that different. They both show someone ‘trying’ to be healthy and both show someone trying to improve their lifestyle, health and appearance.
However example 2 is just as much of a disaster as example 1 and these two people will most likely look similar despite the efforts of the person in the second example (with the seemingly healthy lifestyle). They might be a little healthier but they will look no different.
Ask anyone who has been running for a number of years how their knees are doing. Then have a look at them and see what physical shape they’re in. I’ll bet they don’t look lean and athletic like they could. They most likely look no different from someone who has never done a tap of exercise in their life, or just look gaunt and weak.
I’m not even going to start on low-fat diets as I have a nice article on the way, but seriously, do you really think a box of sugary cereal for breakfast is healthy? Talk about building the foundation for diabetes and belly fat.
Example 3 however is a different ball game. Performing resistance training will build a stronger better looking body that will help you stay injury-free and functional as you get older, not to mention better looking.
Eating natural foods such as animal products and plants is healthy. Don’t be fooled by all the major food companies telling you different. They are out to make money and will put anything on a packet or box to help sell their products and increase profit.
Remember the story of the 3 little pigs? Which one will you be? The pig with the house made of bricks that everyone comes running to at the end or the first two pigs whose houses fall down the minute they get blown on.
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