Are you confused & frustrated with all the information on diets, supplements, training protocols and latest health fads? Not only that, have you spent years in search of your dream body with perfect health to match, only to discover the simple act of eating less and moving more is ineffective?
Before you give up, before you resign to being stuck with your current body and the way you feel for the rest of your lives, before you blame your 'genes' and concede defeat while scrolling through Instagram in envy, before you do all of that I want to share a secret with you.
It's a secret that most health coaches either:
Are you ready for it? People pay me a pretty penny to find out this information, but here it is...
The secret to looking and feeling amazing is to focus on your health
Sorry if you were hoping for the perfect diet plan, a wonder supplement, or a gym routine that 'melts fat'. At the end of the day, these things are all short term bandaid fixes that will never allow you to sustainably look and feel amazing.
Let me explain why.
As a health coach I have people from all around the world coming to me for guidance. Their story is either:
"I have tried everything, yet still cannot make progress"
"I have done nothing, but I need to change and I don't know what to do"
In a nutshell they are 'sick and tired of being sick and tired' and they share a common goal of looking and feeling amazing.
It's such a basic desire that we all possess. To look good naked and feel amazing. Yet, for many, it seems so hard to achieve.
But in reality it's not that difficult of a goal to reach (and maintain).
It's just that you have been doing everything wrong. And if you're just starting on your journey for change, then make sure you go down the right path before you waste time, money and possibly end up doing more harm that good.
For example, a lot of people believe the secret to weight loss is simply eating less and moving more. Yet it's well known that chronic cardio can lead to higher cortisol, higher inflammation levels and retained body weight, or that long term restriction of calories will lead to a down regulation of your metabolism while your body's sex hormone levels plummet (the last thing the body wants to do in a period of starvation is reproduce, survival is more important than reproduction in a time of starvation!)
Not to mention that either of these situations only address one side of the 'Look & Feel' great coin. I can tell you from first hand experience that if you do achieve 6 pack abs by eating less and moving more you're going to feel like crap. Oh and you can tell your partner that sex is off the cards... at least until you start reversing the process by eating more and moving less.
A picture of health? Far from it.
The body is a complicated machine, an elaborate system that I don't know if anyone truly understands (or ever will). I do know one thing however, and that is this: the body wants to be optimal, it wants to be healthy and it has 'us' in its best interest.
Think about it, it's on our side. I don't want to go down the 'meaning of life' path, but lets assume humans are no different to every other living organism on this planet, and that our body's sole objective is to reproduce and maximise the survival rates of our offspring.
With this in mind, it's clear that our body should:
Would you agree? These are all basic 'needs' of a humans life. Take away netflix, promotions, vacations and bigger houses... at the end of the day it all boils down to being able to perform the tasks above.
But the average adult fails miserably when tested against these requirements:
In a nutshell, despite everyone wanting to look and feel great, and knowing deep down that our body also wants us to look and feel great to increase our chances of survival, why then, do so many of us look and feel like rubbish?
And why do so many focus soley on hours spent at the gym, or steps taken in a day, or worse, total calories consumed.
Not only that, we keep doing these things, running on the proverbial hamster wheel in search for that ultimate goal of looking and feeling great... only to never quite make it.
It made me stop and ask 'Why'? Following the why came what? What are we actually focusing on here?
My own realisation that the body has 'us' in its best interest and that in a natural environment we should look and feel amazing changed not only my life, but the lives of my clients and those who read my emails (be sure to sign up to my newsletter and hopefully I can also help you look & feel amazing!)
You see, if you want to look good you simply need to get healthy. If you want to feel good - get healthy. It really is all down to health and giving the body what it expects and is designed to do.
Don't focus on running 20km's in a week, or burning 2000 calories in a day. Targets like this will never bring about long term change. Weight loss is a byproduct of health. Remember that.
Sure you can look good without being healthy. I know this for a fact. I was winning Bodybuilding competitions but had zero libido, poor energy and felt like rubbish. As soon as you focus on health however, you get the best of both worlds - feeling great while still looking amazing!
Great physiques and no doubt great health.
So now that the secret is out, how do you fix your health?
Firstly, stop following conventional wisdom when it comes to 'health'
Health does not come from taking a drug every day for the rest of your life. Nor does it come from eating foods unnatural to our environment. And it definitely doesn't come from tracking every calorie you eat and step you take.
To achieve (or at least improve) your health you simply must let the body do what it wants and expects.
The body doesn't want (or expect) to:
I could go on and on.
But hopefully you get the picture. To achieve health (and thus look and feel great) we simply need to move, eat a wholesome natural diet, sleep when it's dark, occasionally push ourself physically, get plenty of sunshine, play, be in touch with nature and rest and recover.
Crazy huh?! But it's true. Think about it for a moment. Think about all the 'fad diets' or 'health crazes'.
All of them tap into one of the things I mentioned above.
Crash diets and 'quick fixes' are only part of the solution. They may bring about some initial change, and you may think you've hit the jackpot, but they are never sustainable, or they never take you to your desired goal.
Alternatively, some of these 'fads/quick fixes' simply 'trick' the body into thinking it's getting the things it needs. A band aid approach that will never have long lasting health benefits. Sure coffee helps with energy in the morning, but do you know what else puts a spring in your step? A good nights sleep... And guess which one has better side effects...
Think about all these 'quick fix' solutions or hacks that override the body's own health and wellness mechanisms...
Take a drug that reduces joint inflammation so you can continue excessive training - when we could simply eat bone broth or turmeric root and rest more (or move more if it is lack of movement that is causing the issue)
Drink coffee to help wake us up, when we could have simply gone to bed when it got dark and woke with the sunrise.
Go to the gym and walk on the treadmill, when we could simply walk outdoors, barefoot, on the grass exposing our skin to the sun and avoiding the extra stress from being exposed to nnEMF.
Ditch these quick fixes and address the root problems. If you take a long term view to fixing your health you will not only improve your health and wellness, but you will notice that the way you look and feel improves as well.
So there we go, the secret is out. To look and feel amazing you simply need to fix your health by reconnecting with nature and living a life that our bodies were designed for.
It really is that simple.
Unfortunately making these changes requires sacrifices, change and patience. I tell my clients when they start working with me 'Get comfortable with being uncomfortable'.
If that all sounds too hard, then go pickup the latest fad diet book and keep sacrificing sleep to hit the gym 5 days a week. Come back to me in 6 months when you're still not progressing.
Otherwise, if you need everything mapped out for you, then be sure to join The Program by heading to http://jointheprogram.online/ and begin down the path towards improved health! And make sure you check out my Sound Asleep program if you're struggling to get quality sleep every night.
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This blog post was written by Alex Fergus. Alex is an ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. Learn more about Alex's Credentials HERE.
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