Keep it Convenient, Execute, and don’t Waste Time with the Boogeyman

Is the boogeyman part of your process or attempted process to lose weight, get in shape, or accomplish anything else for that matter? The boogeyman represents that thing that steals time and energy from you. The boogeyman stands in the way of conveniently executing your plan to reach your health, wellness, and weightloss goals. So the boogie man in the
world of health wellness fitness nutrition this came up no less than two times in the last three hours right here in my club. The boogeyman represents the giant maybe, or what if, or this bad thing can happen.

Take organic foods. Let’s say we draw a link in the sand. On one side we have organic the other not organic. If the organic food next to the line any better than non-organic food just on the other side of the line? I mean how different are they? Boogeyman. Don’t get hung up on the small stuff like this organic that much better. The reality is we do not know. I’m not saying that processed food is as good as whole naturally occurring through I don’t want to get into that aspect but what I am saying is if all of the things that are supposedly that bad where are all the overwhelmingly sick people? We just don’t see them statistically speaking. If non-organic food was that bad there would be a huge numbers of people that eat XYZ not organic food gets this disease we don’t see it.
The boogeyman here is stealing time and energy for a debate or worry over organic food. Energy and time that can be spent executing plans and working toward goals. Energy and time focusing on all these possible what ifs and maybes and everything else

Energy and time is better spent focusing on what you do know. Eat small meals throughout the day. Make sure you have protein at every meal and don’t exclude entire food groups. For example, the complete elimination of carbs and fat from your diet. You need some carbs for training and fat is the back bone of every hormone in the body. If you can only get four meals a day, great. Don’t worry about not getting the 5 or 6 meals in. Again don’t fear the boogeyman.

Prepackaged foods versus doing it yourself. Here the boogeyman is worrying over not prepping your own food. Let’s say you are on the go and have a crazy busy life. Congrats you are normal. We all think our lives are hectic. Some will stress over not having the perfect food for on the go. This came up in discussion with my training staff this week. A person chooses to buy prepackaged vegetables instead of buying, washing, cutting, and repackaging them. Sweating which is better becomes the boogeyman instead of just executing. Get what is convenient and make it happen. Convenient means you will execute.

Same discussion covered oatmeal. Individual packets or the big container of quick oats. It is cheaper to buy the big container AND you can control what goes in it the oatmeal…huge for the IIFYM or flexible dieting crowd. The packets though portable often have tons of sugar in them. If you get the individual plain oatmeal packets and they are convenient and allow you to execute, go with them. Don’t sweat the boogeyman and give time and energy to a debate of which is better. Make it convenient and execute.

 

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Ray Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast.

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Don’t be Duped by Supplement Ads, Train Less for Faster Gains, and Food Addiction

 

Supplement companies dupe customers into buying their products. A client makes more gains by training less (second client in a few weeks to report this), and food addiction.

 

So today I got an email from a client we train online. She is absolutely rocking it progress wise. She is middle age and looks easily a decade younger than she is. Her email included a recipe for a protein shake. The recipe supposedly turned the signal on in your cells to burn fat, fights hunger, raises metabolism and a ton of other stuff. The recipe is really an extremely well written advertisement written to market a protein powder. The problem is that to most it looks like nothing more than a great recipe. This is one way that the supplement industry dupes people to buying their products. Be aware of what you are reading. If it promises the world and seems to good to be true it likely isn’t.

 

Twice in the last few week’s clients have reported making better progress even though they are training less. Yes you read that correctly. Clients are training less and making major progress. This is all too common. Enough of the right exercise produces awesome results. Too much of the right exercise can often be too much and slow your progress. How much is enough? Many find 2-3 hours a week of exercise perfect if it is spent 70% on weights and 30% High Intensity Interval Cardio.

 

Food addiction is real. Here is why. When some foods are consumed dopamine, the feel good chemical in the brain, is increased. Take chocolate, many crave chocolate when they are down in the dumps. Why? Dopamine. Same thing with many foods, especially those higher in simple carbs and fats, we crave them because they make us feel good. This is why in Eat by Color I wrote that food is the most addictive drug on the planet and a fiver year old can manipulate it in the kitchen. If you really crave something, like chocolate have it. Research indicates that trying satisfy the craving with something else will not work. That is a major take home point. It is better to have a piece of chocolate then have something to curb the craving only to have the chocolate anyways.

 

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Ray Binkowski is the owner of FitWorkz a hybrid training gym in DeKalb, IL, author, and trainer. He has lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. He has worked with thousands including professional athletes, police/fire/military, physique competitors, even corporations like 3M, and most often people looking to make a long term change in health, wellness, and weightloss. Plus the Get Fit and Live Healthy podcast.