75% is high. Very high. But all you have to do is walk down the street to see the statistic in play.
When I was close to graduating from a nutrition degree in 2015, people asked what I was going to do with it.
I'd always reply with 'Stay healthy.'
It was tongue and cheek as well as serious. After learning about public health and health in general, I could see what was going on.
We were eating ourselves into oblivion.
I used to be overweight. I used to be afraid to take my shirt off in gym class. I didn't know why I was overweight when I did so much sport.
It came down to food. Food and sleep. You can never out train a bad diet or a terrible sleeping pattern.
If you're overweight or obese, you narrow your available mating partners, your risk of chronic disease increases dramatically, your hormones are out of balance so your mood fluctuates and that's not even the start of it. The human body likes being lean.
Health is the force multiplier of life. Without it, everything else crumbles.
It's an asset everyone should have access to and know how to cultivate. But for some reason it seems to have become the ultimate luxury. So how do we fix it?
Not with a sophisticated gadget.
Not with stomach surgery.
Not with a miracle supplement.
It starts with education.
It starts with understanding the fundamentals of what creates a healthy human being.
I'm a fan of the physicist approach. First principles.
Sleep, food, movement. These are the first principles of health. Taking care of these allows you to chase after whatever your mission is. Your mission gives you meaning. A man who has his health and a purpose is a happy man.
Last week, I wrote an article called Six Habits of Getting and Staying Lean. It contains the health habits I followed to lose weight and keep it off. And I've maintained a lean body for the past 10-years.
It doesn't contain any 8-week plans. I believe health should only be considered in the long-term (of course, there will be short-term emergencies, but for the majority, long-term is where my mind is).
It doesn't contain any miracle supplements or superfoods.
It's a dissemination of what I've learned over the past 7-years living and breathing health.
If you're not a fan of reading, I turned the article into a video. It's got all the main points you'll find in the article plus a bonus.
Will it help you get lean and stay lean? Yes. But knowing habits of being lean won't work unless you do. The body loves being in homeostasis.
Homeostasis is balance. It means that once you reach a certain state, the body tries to maintain your current state. It's because changing state (losing weight, gaining weight) is difficult. The initial momentum required to start is the hardest part. But once you get going, the body will start to realise what you're trying to do and help you. Eventually, you'll wonder why you haven't been following the habits of leanness your whole life.
Don't let your health be a luxury good on the shelf in the high end store you can't afford. Learn the habits of leanness, get lean and stay lean.
1. There is no best diet
2. Snacking is a myth
3. Be prepared (make your food and learn about it at the same time)
4. Sleep (quality + quantity)
5. Movement (design your day around movement)
6. Break the rules
PS expect more content on these topics in the future. And if you'd like to see anything specific/ask a question, send me an email.