Everybody is looking for the latest and greatest crazes when it comes to shaping up or sizing down. (As if we need something new and previously unknown to get results in this area.) The fact is that we already know the basics, and here’s the big secret: THE BASICS WORK! Nevertheless, I wanted to share my insights on some of the best and brightest in the ever-evolving world of training and nutrition. So, here are my picks on what really works:
This is without a doubt the biggest and fastest growing fad in dieting right now. It’s based on the research of several authors including gastroenterologist Walter Voegtelin who is credited with writing the original Cave Man Diet research text in the 1970’s. The diet is based on several premises. Proponents of the diet posit that during the Paleolithic era humans evolved nutritional needs specific to the foods available at that time. Proponents claim that human metabolism has been unable to adapt fast enough to handle many of the foods that have become available since the advent of agriculture and widespread domestication of animals. Thus, modern humans are said to be maladapted to eating foods such as grains. legumes, and dairy and in particular the high-calorie processed foods that are a staple of most modern diets.
I have to agree with the majority of this. I have personally experienced greater fat-loss and muscle gains since eliminating processed foods, fast foods, sodas and even more recently, almost all grains from my diet. I have found that making vegetables the foundation of my meal plan has also helped me to feel fuller longer with less calories.
I’m not a full-blown “Paleo Proponent” just yet, because I still eat beans and peas for their fiber content and eat dairy products like whey protein and Greek yogurt almost daily. I guess that qualifies me as “neolithic?”
Another fitness trend that is making major waves is Crossfit. You have probably seen these gyms popping up all over your city or at least heard about the workouts. CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000. Promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport, CrossFit workouts incorporate elements from high intensity interval training, Olympic weighlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calesthenics, and other exercises. It is practiced by members of over 10,000 affiliated gyms.
I am not a crossfitter per-say but I do incorporate some of these things into my training routine. Despite the negative publicity and criticism it has received due to its potential for injury, the success of CrossFit comes from using small class training sessions. The dynamic of group fitness has also fueled aerobic programs as varied as R.I.P.P.E.D and Zumba.
#3 Diet & Exercise Books
There are literally thousands of books to choose from on the subject of health and weight loss. Hi-carb, low-carb, 21 days, 21 weeks, you name it. From Dr. Oz to Dr. Phil, everyone seems to have a book out these days. (Dr. Phil? REALLY?) In my opinion they do contain lots of good information. I have learned a lot from reading in this area. As a matter of fact, I am writing a book of my own on the subject!
The thing that I hope will set me apart from the sea of authorities on the subject is that I personally live my message. I was an overweight child who grew into an overweight adult. At 254 lbs. I was at risk for lots of health concerns but I succeeded in turning it around and now I’m on a mission to share the tips and techniques I used to do it. I’m hoping to have something released by the end of the year. For more information you can comment below of reach me by email or social media at my all-new website: www.BetterBalanceLife.com