With the new year approaching I figured it would be the perfect time to arm you with three tips on preventing weight gain in the new year. If you missed out on Part I, click here.
1. You Consume Too Much Processed Food
As a Rokiskyfitness reader you know that exercise, community and sleep play a huge role in body composition. But our nutrition and what we consume is still the most important factor. Granted, if you sleep and exercise well you will be able to get away with a mediocre diet. However, if you don’t sleep well and exercise regularly then you must follow a healthy diet 90 percent of the time i.e 9 out of 10 meals. The best way to eat healthy is through the consumption of nutrient dense food instead of empty calories like processed food. Pasture raised eggs, beef, chicken, turkey and wild caught fish are excellent choices. And of course fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients with minimal calories, including starchy vegetables like potatoes and squash (Read More). In addition to these foods, legumes like lentils and beans are good choices too. When it comes to grains I recommend sprouted grains, oats, rice and quinoa.
There are certain facts we must accept in this life. One of them is that our body isn’t ours, it was given to us. We had no choice in the matter and we can’t go back and change our genetics. Nevertheless, we have the ability to optimize our body and turn a bad situation into a good one. This can only occur if you eat, sleep and move often. Your lifestyle choices will impact your mood, energy and productivity. There is no debating this, if you don’t eat real food, sleep and exercise then you will not be performing at your best. For example, if I don’t get to bed by 9pm or sleep for at least 7.5 hours then I am not at 100 percent the next day. Yes, I am able to do my job and perform, but I know I am not at my best.
Our ancestors evolved living in tribes and small communities until the creation of cities and modern society. For the last 200,000 to 300,000 years we lived and interacted with others on a daily basis. Our mind and body adapted to learn how to survive in a small community. In tribal life, everyone had a purpose and a job to do. This dependence on someone else wired us to be social and help one another. This behavior trait was advantageous for us back then because it allowed us to survive dire situations. Currently, the need for help from others to survive has greatly been diminished. This has left us clueless, searching for our passion and purpose. The majority of us live alone and can survive in today's world by ourselves. But this environment can also do harm and lead to a lack of purpose due to you not being needed. This lack of purpose and need by others has caused the use of social media to skyrocket.