Written by Beau DeCourcy
Dieting, for many, is one the most difficult behaviors to engage in. It evokes feelings of pain and failure. People feel as though they are lazy and gluttonous, and the idea of restricting calories for extended periods of time seems impossible. Dieting then becomes a source of stress and disdain. Rightly so. Because ‘diets’ fail. Plain and simple. Exercise alone doesn’t work either, but we’ll leave that for another day. Yes, many people lose weight on them, but diets by themselves are temporary fixes to being overweight. Once the dieter stops the diet, the weight returns, and sometimes more than before.
Many of you may know that Aaron and I are proponents of the primal/paleo/weston price lifestyle. For those of you unfamiliar with these concepts check out marksdailyapple.com, robbwolf.com and chriskresser.com. We feel these diets, more so, lifestyles, foster greater success through both physiological and behavioral adjustments. We have seen great success, not only in ourselves, but many others who have adopted one of these lifestyles. They are more effective because they are not fad diets; they encompass a long term way of living.
Nonetheless, some people still are not successful on these diets. The question then becomes: why are some people successful with lasting lifestyle and diet changes and others are not? Are these people inherently lazy and insatiable? Well, the truth is, we all are. Yes, I said it, we are all, as Art DeVany puts it, “lazy over eaters.” We are this way by design and an evolutionary necessity. Read Jay Jack‘s concise explanation here about the proverbial devil on our shoulder. Those who are successful tend to develop techniques mentally, socially and physically that address these mechanisms. They tend to focus on the lifestyle rather than ‘diet’ alone. They feed their hunger with nutrient dense foods, do not stress over calories, and find maintaining a healthy body and mind becomes intuitive. But how do they achieve this outlook?
Exist Anew sees fitness, philosophy and nutrition as a three components of well being in a synergistic interplay. We recognize that mental and social factors are very important in lasting success. Therefore, one must first clearly understand why a change is warranted, and fuel the desire to change from the inside out. We subscribe to the idea of simplicity in life, nutrition and movement. Because complexity often times breeds stress and confusion. Furthermore, Exist Anew was founded on the principle of guidance toward optimal health, and we believe there is a need to develop a social and philosophical resource for those to share in their success. Growing this philosophy drives the person to implement the nutrition and fitness principles, and thus, life takes a new, healthier path.
Most support resources and programs last no longer than 8 weeks because no one would sign up for a rigorous diet that lasted any longer. This is insufficient if the program does not instill permanent and lasting techniques and change the person’s outlook on lifestyle. These weight loss programs also tend to focus on pounds lost in the shortest period possible. Losing weight cannot be the only goal because the benefits of proper nutrition, movement and mindset, change the person first from within. Fat loss is important for health, but when fat loss is the only goal, unhealthy habits can be developed, with undesirable downstream effects.
When coaching people in lifestyle adjustments to improve health and body composition, Exist Anew encourages them to avoid the scale, or at least understand that pounds lost in a week is only one small aspect of achieving optimal well being. The greatest benefit is never the dropping number on the scale, but the increasing freedom and sense of control over their lives. No longer a slave to food, no longer fearful of health decline, and an optimized ability to physically engage in the world, are of the greatest achievements. These are the attributes of which one should measure progress.
Those who make successful and lasting changes in lifestyle, overall health, and body composition, understand three things: we are in this for the long haul, diets and exercise alone do not work, and the environment you surround yourself with matters to your success. Eat the way you want to live, tailor your environment for positive change, and strengthen your health philosophy with every decision you make.
We invite anyone who desires to change from the inside out, to join us. While we charge no membership fees and believe strongly in the free expression of ideas that foster healthy lives, we do offer personalized coaching and you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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