I'm going to go out on a limb and say, unequivocally, that you cannot - repeat, cannot - lose weight and get lean and hard, or stay lean and hard, without taking control of what goes in your mouth. Exercise alone won't do it. Fad diets won't do it. The necessary ingredient in the fitness recipe is policing what you allow into your mouth and down your gullet.
The reason for this is simple: It's far easier to say no to calories you ingest than it is to burn calories through exercise. How long do you have to spend on a treadmill to burn off the calories you took in in the seconds it took to inhale that brownie? Food for thought, eh?
Many of us act as if other people control what we eat. We behave as if we have no choices! How so? Anyone who works for a company or is a member of a club, for example, will often face the challenge of unhealthy foods being on offer at meetings or special events. With the holidays coming up the trickle will become a flood... cookies, pies, pizzas. cakes, they will be offered to you over and over. But here's the question: Do you have to partake?
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What about family gatherings? Keeping in mind that there are things that will be available that are no problem from a health and nutrition perspective, do you have to eat the bad stuff? Do you have a choice?
Look at it this way. If you had an allergy to nuts that would cause you to swell up and be unable to breathe, would you be able to say, no, thanks to the peanut butter cookies? You betcha. So would it be so terrible to say no thanks to the sugary treats and fat-laden indulgences? I don't think so.
Some of us have this self-imposed rule that we live by: If it's free, you have to eat it! I prefer to live by this rule: I'll eat what I choose to eat, not what others choose for me.
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