It is said that all things in moderation is fine. I disagree. Have you ever seen anyone do anything in moderation? NO! Humans are creatures of extremes in every way. We are either hot or we are cold. I rarely, rarely, rarely see anyone in the middle with anything. So that being said the majority of the human population should not be told to moderate. How is that defined anyway? That is very wide open to define among people.
Ultimately what is best is what the human body can efficiently digest, process, and absorb effectively. If some food type disrupts this in any way it is not ideal. Dense and lean meats tend to do this. Does this mean to never eat it? Not necessarily. It all depends on your goals, your health desires, and your quality of life aspirations.
No one has really truly defined what moderation actually should mean relative to each person. They simply say eat this or eat that in "moderation". Moderation for a 250lb. person is very different than to a 150lb. or 135lb. or a 120lb. person. Yet there still is no real clearly defined moderation concept. So when left up to the public they stick with what they do best- extremes. Then society remains overweight- obese and very unhealthy. Just because symptoms are not present does not means that someone is healthy. Symptoms are usually the last sign that there is a problem. Keep in mind that symptoms are simply that- a sign of an existing problem.
Ori Hofmekler, author of such books as The Warrior Diet and The Anti-Estrogenic Diet, says if we are not actively living then we are passively dying. That is very, very true. If we are not pro-active on our health and going after it each and ever hour of our day then we will not be positively impacting ourselves in every way we can. Most people just go through their days and eat whatever, remain inactive thinking their kids keep them active when if that was true why are they still deconditioned and fat, and then years go by and they don't know what to do. They let the months and years pile on top of each other burying them in a sea of guilt (whether conscious or subconscious) and then lose all control over the one thing they actually can control most of the time-- themselves. Sometimes the only time people get for themselves is the time they spend exercising. That is a great de-stressor and health promoter.
Doing something, even if it is not optimal for great results, is still far better than doing nothing. Get off the couch. Get away from the desk. Get in to shape by doing something productive. Walk, jog, run, sprint, bike, row, swim, and step out into better health. This is the direction that will get you going. Momentum must be created by taking the first step. After you get started, no matter how you start, then you can introduce more and more into the mix such as resistance and higher intensity movements. Once that is done then simply make being active a priority every single day. Some articles and trainers say do something 3 times per week. Let's forget trying to remember that and say let's do something every day whether little or a lot. If you need direction then get it. There are many, many great trainers and coaches very willing to design great programs as well as guide you through them alongside you. I always advise all my new clients to work as much as they can with me for the first couple months so that I can educate them with every opportunity we have so that they will feel comfortable on their own practicing what I teach them without concern of doing something wrong. Also this definitely motivates them to stay on track toward their goals.
It is great to have a goal, but a goal without a plan is only a dream. A clear strategy to reach all goals must be in place and properly executed. More often than not folks start up at a gym and have no clue what they are doing or even what to do at all. So they just jump on the things that keep them within their comfort zone. They usually walk or jog on the treadmill, elliptical or even bike. That sort of program will work for about 2 weeks until they are bored. Then they simply fall into the same gym rut hundreds of thousands of other people are. Most gym-goers or aspiring fitness folk don't have a plan at all. I even ask some people some times and get blank stares. They just don't know what to do. The ones with an answer more often than not simply give me the speal of 30-45 min. of cardio machines preceded or followed by some sort of selectorized machine circuit that really has no rhyme or reason, but they do it because that's all they know.
Get your plan from experts rather than magazines that need to continually sell new issues that beat out the last. Get your plan from the experts rather than friends who workout and may have different goals than you and may also not fully understand how to offer proven advice specific for your desires. Don't waste your time watching others at the gym who probably do the same things all the time. I have seen it for years and these same people also look the same and rarely to never improve. They do their arm curls, leg presses, lat pull-downs and then walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a 5% incline thinking they are doing something efficient and productive. Of course it is still way better than being inactive and lazy, but why not be as productive and time efficient as you can when you exercise. That way you always get the absolute most for your hard work and invested time. This is all about you and how healthy and fit you want to be. That is entirely up to you to decide. Once you decide that no one and nothing will stand in your way.
There is a saying that the BEST workout program is the one that you're NOT doing. That essentially means that a lot of folks get swayed by this magazine, that website, buddy, Youtube video, and sorry to say even personal trainers to try this or that workout program. In the end the basics are what works and mastering them over and over and over again in your daily practice is the ONLY way to succeed in anything and everything you set out to do.
It's all about consistency and practice. If you want to be good at something you must practice it many, many times. You cannot sway from your time. If you do your progress will always suffer. If a boxer wants to be good at boxing he must practice thousands and thousands of punches. Same holds true for someone who desires to lose weight, run a marathon, lift a very heavy weight, practice Kettlebell lifts, etc. If you wanna be good at something you gotta put in the time. Then and only then will you truly see your progress come. There is no way around that. There are no short cuts.
Don't be swayed by anything. Stick with your program. If you need help with that seek out someone who has been where you aspire to be. Never take advice from anyone who has not.
Makes sense right?! Sure does. Now it's up to you to go out and do it. Go get what you want! Decide today who and what you want to be. Don't let anyone or anything ever stand in your way!