Metabolise This

11 Feb

If you started a diet in January and are now flagging or feeling faint with hunger pangs,  maybe its time to ditch it and try something new: CUT THE CRAP.  How?  By tackling one crappy habit at a time (eg always going for ‘seconds’ or a daily packets of crisps with your lunch – killer bad habits, or that latte on the way to work, try replacing it with a skinny machiatto, and ditch the muffin – YOU WHAAAT?!  Anyone with a larger than necessary girth wondering why they are fat that is grabbing a muffin and a latte on their way to work – THATS  YOUR KILLER CRAPPY HABIT RIGHT THERE).  Cut it out and you will be sparing your waistline hundreds of unnecessary calories every day.  

Exercise THE KEY to a healthy lifestyle and not an optional extra that you can continue to shirk at all costs.  If you still see regular exercise as something you simply cannot get your head around, get your head around this:

Side effects of a sedentary lifestyle:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathlessness
  • Flabby skin
  • Low energy levels
  • Stiff joints
  • Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Weight gain
  • Lower libido
  • Poor role model to kids
  • Leading cause of obesity in teenagers
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnoea (shallow or uneven breathing during sleep)

And before anyone says they ‘don’t have time to exercise’, try carving out just two and a half hours from the twenty-seven eight hours per week you (if you are the ‘average Brit’) currently spend on the sofa glued to a television screen.  Same for those who claim they have no time to cook from scratch – shave off another three or four hours a week and hey presto, you still have twenty hours of telly left while getting regular exercise and having made every evening meal from scratch and sat down at a table to eat it. BAM. Job done.

If you cannot abide the thought of any proper sport or really strenuous activity, then get walking. More often. For longer and with attitude. Even the exercise haters among you can do this and it will really make a difference to your overall health and attempts at successful weight management. A 60 kg person walking for thirty minutes burns up 75 calories – not bad -, but a fast walk can burn 150 calories  so with that in mind, make walking an exercise rather than just a way to get to the shops or bus stop or from the kitchen table to the couch.

The Grit Doctor declares

Walking makes your cells more receptive to insulin, which leads to better control of blood sugar: nature’s own inbuilt bakery deterrent.

Build activity into your day anywhere you can and at all available opportunties.  Taking the escalator?  Fine – walk up it. Fast.  Using a lift?  Fine – give me 10 star jumps on your way up (sense of humour please).

The Grit Doctor decrees

A sluggish attitude and lifestyle help maketh a sluggish metabolism so speed it up by moving more quickly about your business.  This is cutting crap two ways: burning calories while helping you get more shit done in less time.

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6 Responses to “Metabolise This”

  1. rachesunny February 11, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Amen sister. My sorry arse will be moving daily from here on in xx

  2. Kate Turnbull February 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    January CCC, cook from scratch, lost 5lbs. I love just dealing with one bad habit at a time…….

  3. Collette Mooney February 12, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    I’m so glad I’ve read this today, since January I’ve been saying i will diet n exercise but I still haven’t started, but your cut the crap n divorce the TV is all the motivation I need, I’ve been a year on the shelf now it’s time to cut the crap 🙂

  4. Dave February 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    The “no time for exercise” rationale should really be re-stated as “no priority for exercise” – I do have sympathy for anyone who doesn’t like to exercise but nobody has no time. Getting up 20 minutes earlier is always an option 🙂 And apparently it’s morning exercise that offers best results… http://makeyourbodywork.com/benefits-of-morning-exercise/

    I think that we overestimate how much exercise we actually need. Like you said, just 2.5 hours per week is all it takes…that’s not too much. It just takes some shifting of our priorities. Thanks!

  5. Robert Henderson March 2, 2015 at 3:06 am #

    As a personal trainer in the US I completely agree with your article! Cut the crap! One thing at a time. I love it and will keep an eye out for new posts!

  6. rookieavenger August 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    Just discovered your blog. Love it! Could have done with your straight talking before I became a lazy, bread guzzling fatty. I’m not now though. I’m a firm backer for your “cutting the crap” attitude!

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