You Have To Be Honest With Yourself.

I met a man, 63 years old, 5’10” and every bit of 260 lbs (and not 260 of muscle). He explained to me he had the eating part down, he just isn’t working out. If only he had the right piece of exercise equipment, all would be good. The situation was not such that I could go into the fact that he had it all backwards, but I’ll take that on here.

I’m a firm believer that you have to be balanced when it comes to exercise and nutrition. There are many benefits you get from exercise you simply can’t get from a good diet and vice versa. That being said, when it comes to losing weight, and keeping it off, especially as we get older, you are going to get more out of watching what you eat. This is especially true when it may be a challenge to get to a gym, as we have witnessed this past year. You have heard the saying “you can’t out exercise a poor diet” right? What should be added is “especially after the age of 50”.

One piece of advice I tell anyone looking to lose weight is to keep a food diary (which is vital IMHO) and just because you don’t write it down, doesn’t mean you didn’t eat it. That is not being honest with yourself. That candy bar you ate in the afternoon still happened whether you acknowledge it or not. When you realize that the only person that matters when you are saying what your habits are is the person in the mirror, that is when you can start to see results!

Going back to the 63 year old man, admittedly I don’t know what his diet is. However, I have been around enough to know when someone is truthful about their health and wellness habits. Now maybe what he meant when he said he had the eating part down is he doesn’t plan to eat healthy as he likes his donuts and pizza. That is a possibility. If that is it, more power to him! But if you want to lose weight, I wouldn’t recommend that route.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

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