53. Know where you are in the stages of change

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Nearly everything we do together requires some shift from old habits to new ones. 

Regardless of good intentions many of us fail to accomplish the changes we want. Especially the first time around. This is partly because we tend to see changes as a singular event instead of a process that requires preparation, has several stages and takes time to succeed. 

For example, it's common for someone to go cold turkey to quit smoking or drinking or being a lazy turd. Such changes rarely work...

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52. Angry? Try this

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2020

Have you ever caught yourself saying "I should  ......"

"I should track my food."
"I should go to bed and turn off the TV." 
"I should call my mom back."

Our list of shoulds can be endless. 

Here's the thing: should statements need to be dropped.David Burns, author of Feeling Good, a book that teaches cognitive therapy says violations of our should statements are the main cause of our anger and resentment. When we direct them towards ourselves we feel anger because we...

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51. Myth: How you cook matters a lot

Uncategorized Aug 17, 2020

"Hey man, I was just wondering, I got this smoker as a gift but didn't know if I would be able to use it. Is that cool on your program?"

A prospecting client sent me this message wondering whether he would be able to smoke his meats as a preparation method and if so, would there be any harm? 

His question mirrors a concern that needs to be squashed: the way we prepare our food has a big impact on our health. 

Grilling, baking, boiling, frying, smoking, and any preparation method in...

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50. A measurement for your peace of mind

Uncategorized Aug 14, 2020

"I need you to tell me I'm doing this right because I feel like I'm eating way too much."

A client sent a message like that a week ago. She has been at the lake for the last few weekends enjoying the good life. Summer, sun, drinks, food, and lake life are usually things that hinder a diet. Not ours though.

She bought a food scale and took it up there with her. She got tired of guessing. All this time she was also working crazy hours and shifts that took her deep into her regular sleep....

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49. Is your circle of five fit or fat?

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2020

Your supporting cast is very influential in your decision making. You can easily determine who it is by looking at your schedule and figuring who you spend the most time with. To no surprise its usually family, friends, and co workers. Research suggests that we are the product of the five people we spend the most time with. 

In Iowa almost everyone has someone in their top five that is falling victim to low activity and oblivious eating. As of this writing we are the 7th fattest state...

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48. A little enlightenment

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

I suggest you think first from principles and persuade everyone else to do so too. In this way we are trying to practice some ideals of the enlightenment. 

Immanuel Kant said Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self imposed immaturity. It is self imposed because we often fail to think for ourselves without being guided by others. 

"If I have a book to understand for me, a pastor to serve as my conscience, a doctor to decide my diet, and so on, I need not exert myself at all. I...

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47. Can we drop the rigidity please?

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2020

Three quarters of dieters will regain their weight within two years of finishing a major diet.

A lot of people end up in a process formally called weight cycling but commonly known as yo-yo dieting. Research is starting to uncover the negative side effects in losing and gaining the same five pounds over and over again. Note: this is five pounds of fat, not the five pounds of water and food we all tend to fluctuate within daily.

We already known that yo - yo dieting is linked with all...

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47. Nuances of body weight and fat

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2020
Weight gain and fat gain are not the same thing.

You will gain weight every time when you bring in more energy than you burn.

This is evidenced by your scale weight increasing.

But it is not evidence of fat gain because fat gain is something that happens over a prolonged period of time rather than just one meal or one weekend of over consumption.

Knowing this is helpful to understand what is actually happening with your scale and why it is simply a measurement of short term in...
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46. Some thoughts on hunger and technology

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

Our fear of hunger is really a sign of progress.

Progress that was built on the shoulders of every dead man and woman that lived before us.

Thousands of years passed where hunger leading to famine was the number one killer of our kind.

We fixed the famine problem - in a way that is fucking incredible mind you, feeding nine billion and having plenty of room for more is not something to look over. 

In its place we have created a new , maybe worse problem in obesity. It causes the current...

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45. Anything but the long game is the wrong game

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2020

My closest business colleague just shared news with me about something he has been working towards for almost two decades. 

Each year the Iowa State Fair holds a powerlifting meet that draws a couple hundred competitors from all over Iowa to get on stage and see how much weight they can bench press and deadlift. It has been run by a single person for nearly 30 years. My friend has been voluntarily helping run the thing for 15 and the torch is finally being passed to him.

He volunteered...

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