Slow carb revolution: fat loss and health?
If you’ve thought of slow carb as a simple means to an end, the latest in the list of ‘lose fat quickly’ regimes making it’s way around the internet, then think again.
Slow carb goes beyond fat loss, and most likely then elbows out most of it’s weight loss competitors in the process.
While Atkins is doing its science, and goading you into eating more bacon, and South Beach is filling you with artificially produced ‘meal’ bars, while Weight Watchers is leaving you unsatisfied with small portions and weird sauces full of chemicals, and your bootcamp classes have you awake at the crack of dawn, and in pain for the rest of the day, slow carb is going about its quiet work without asking you to count calories, points, or watch portions, or break out in a painful sweat.
What’s better than all this? Slow carb is doing it with real food. Better still, the more fresh the food is, the better. And fresh, healthy foods means a healthy body.
Not just fat loss, but health.
Now there’s a revolution. You can actually lose fat, while you don’t half-kill yourself with crazy amounts of exercise, while you don’t fill your body full of weird non-foods from ingredient lists as long as your arm, and while your body gets the nutrients it wants.
The modern world has become far too obsessed with there always having to be a chemical solution to a ‘problem’. Too often, we forget how that problem came about, and look to science to fix it. We look at smoking and say we can treat the chemical addiction, when we could look at the behavior and find the source reason for the smoking, and work on that.
We are all looking for a fast-track to success.. but as I’ve learned, sometimes trying to get on that fast track means building a bridge over a ravine, where it might be easier, more simple and more effective in the long term to take a step back, and see the alternate path around the ravine. What I mean is that by always looking forward, we become convinced that to make up for shortcomings in any field, we need to build more and build more about ourselves – build confidence when facing a lack of it, build strategies to overcome problems. This works, at times, however it’s a lot of work.
Take a step back. See the source, and question whether it could be worked on, simply, and quickly, to then make it easy to move ahead without having to maintain all these constructed bridges, over the ravines of shortcomings.
So where am I going with this? Right back to fat loss and body change.
Though we’re all keen to move on, let’s look at how anyone gets to a point where they want, or need to lose fat. They have gained fat to get there. And most likely that didn’t happen through chemicals, or other artificial means, it happened through food. Food-in led to fat-gain. So, surely the simplest answer is to change that at its root; to change the source, rather than build a patchwork over the top of the behaviour that created the current situation.
What Atkins, Weight Watchers and so many other systems out there do is build a rickety framework of how to force weight loss, without looking too much deeper, so the chances of a lasting change are much less, but worse yet, a lot of them result in having an unhealthy mix of foods, or chemicals in the case of some meal systems that rely on you buying pre-packaged food. I know people may not support me on this, but achieving fat loss by working with a confined set of rules and some artificial system that games the body into losing some fat, whether it’s by not providing enough food energy for a day’s activities, or whether it’s using the latest wonder-chemical-additive for food so it tastes like something it’s not, is not a great option for creating a healthy body that you love living in. Weight loss systems, in general, miss the point that there’s a great opportunity to get healthier, as well as slimmer.
Which do you prefer? Build a new routine over an old routine, effectively like turning up your hifi to drown out your neighbor’s, or changing the existing routine to something that works better for you, like finding music both you and your neighbor love to listen to. Do I need to ask? Get going and feel great about making a change at the source!
(Photo by Delazon)
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