Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)
We as humans, have a tendency to over complicate things and make simple stuff harder than it should be. This seems to hold even more true with anything in the health/wellness/fitness world. I want to break down achieving health/wellness/fitness into two main categories having the greatest potential to help you reach whatever goal you are after, which are diet and exercise. When I was a kid, my dad would constantly correct me and tell me to keep it simple stupid whenever I found myself being challenged. Needless to say this has stuck with me most of my life, and once again the old man was right.
We all see the constant commercials for exercise routines and diet plans promising the results we are all looking for, but the problem is there isn’t a magic plan or potion to get us to our goals. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get back into shape, or increase longevity we have to first realize that we are where we are based on a lot of mediocre or bad decisions we’ve made over a period of time. The only way to right our course and achieve our goals is to reverse that and make good decisions as often as possible. It isn’t easy but I can tell you it is 100% worth it.
When it comes to diet, apply the KISS method to it. Realize the simplistic approach of meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar. These things have a direct connection to the earth, no BS hidden ingredients, sodium or sugar. Always remember food companies are in the business of making money, not making sure you get a healthy source of anything. Categorize your foods so you can easily identify what you are eating and what you are looking to gain from it.
Meat, Eggs- Protein Fruits- Carbs
Nuts, Seeds, Oils, Avocadoes- Fats Veggies- Carbs
Sugar- Cut out!! Carbs Starches- Carbs
Be consistent!! This is the single most important aspect of quality improvement in health, performance and whatever results you are looking for. Show up every day, or every other day ready to give your all. Do not hold back in one area to “save” energy for the other. Like not going 100% in strength work to ensure you have “gas” left over for the wod, this will minimize the effectiveness of the programming. If you haven’t perfected the basics don’t fall for the hot new training movements or programming methodologies. Work the basics consistently, it will pay off in the long run. Like all things, what we are looking for is on the other side of hard work. No shortcuts!