What does the pie-chart of ideal health look like? Is it a 50/50 split between diet and exercise? Or does one impact overall fitness more than the other? The debate is as old as the first exercise bike, which your grandparents probably rode uphill for their entire workouts back in the good ol’ days.
It’s a fact: you certainly need a combination of optimal diet and exercise habits to achieve the best possible health. Yet recent research indicates that diet plays a bigger role than previously thought. Many health experts, doctors and other authorities think that proper fitness is obtained through mostly good eating habits, supplemented with brief yet intense exercises, called high intensity interval training.
So how does this combination play out? What are the latest diet and exercise trends, and how can you incorporate them into your life? Let’s take a look:
Forget the “healthy grain” myth
Current USDA guidelines put grains as the recommended base for a healthy diet. Yet new research from people such as Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson and others caution against over-consumption of grains. They spike insulin, a hormone that tells the body to store fat.
Natural fats are fine
Olive oil, coconut oil and other natural fats have gotten a bad rap the past 50 years or so. Yet they’re an essential part of a well-rounded diet – after all, your organs need fats to not only survive, but thrive! Heck, even avocado oil is in on the fun.
Try intermittent fasting.
Throughout human evolution, food was scarce. Our genes are hard-wired to expect those episodes of “feast or famine.” Only in the past few hundred years has food been (for a good chunk of the world, anyway) readily available. Intermittent fasting (IF) has shown promising research in cutting body fat, providing mental clarity and even boosting detoxification efforts. Peter Bowes, a BBC reporter, had positive results from his experiment, and plans to utilize IF the remainder of his life. How does IF work? You can try one or two 24-hour fasts per week, a restricted eating window, or simply skip breakfast every now and then. If you have some extra weight to lose, IF might unlock the “fat burning” process.
Do explosive exercises
When’s the last time you sprinted all-out, either on foot or on the exercise bike? Mainstream health advice has suggested “cardio” workouts for years, but not only is slogging away on the exercise bike for 45 minutes dull, there’s mounting evidence it doesn’t work. Try brief, intense sessions instead. They’re better for you, the results are impressive, and you’ll save time, too!
Bonus advice: get your ZZZZs
Sleep doesn’t fall into either the diet or exercise categories, but it’s absolutely vital for immune function, weight maintenance and overall fitness.
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