July 20, 2021
I have been athletic for most of my life. I played sports all through my youth and into college. After college, I became a runner, a cyclist, and a triathlete. Needless to say, I was always in pretty good shape and exercised every day -- up until 2016. I got busy with business and family life and stopped exercising regularly. My body wasn’t burning the 3000 to 4000 calories a day it was used to. But it forgot to pass that information onto my mouth.
The other issue was that one of my daughters loved to bake. And being the good father I am, I ate what she baked. At the time I did not realize I was a sugar addict. I was burning so many calories a day that I never really analyzed my diet. I was able to just eat whatever I wanted. There were some days that I would ride 40 miles on a bike, swim for an hour, and maybe run 3 miles. On those days, I would treat myself to a full pint of Ben and Jerry’s because I knew it didn’t matter. I probably burned 6,000 + calories.
Then one day, it all catches up to you and you get on the scale, and you can’t believe your eyes.
That is what happened to me. I did not realize just how much weight I gained, and it was all in the diet. As they say, you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
In August 2020 I realized how fat I had become and made a decision to turn it around quickly. There were a few key changes I made which had an immediate impact.
I downloaded an app to my phone and began to log in everything I ate. It took less than a week to see where the problem was. The bulk of my calories were coming from sugars and bad carbohydrates.
I know it is an overused word, detox, but I really needed to cut out the sugar. It was almost all I was eating, just in different forms.
After about a week, I started to feel different. It was at this point that I realized sugar addiction is real. My body started to feel different and work differently. No longer was I having night sweats or waking up with a massive headache. The other change was the highs and lows of my metabolism during the day after eating. I realize now how poorly my body felt with all of that sugar coursing through my veins.
One of the best products we have for detoxing from sugar is our Phyto Superfood Green Drink and lots of water. This helped to flush out my system pretty quickly and gave me a boost of energy.
I know we all hear diet and exercise, but it’s true. Your body needs to move. Now, I had gained a significant amount of weight. There was no way I could exercise like I used to. I had to start out slowly to get my body moving.
Here is the thing about diet and exercise. I can sit down and eat a full-size BBQ chicken salad from Panera Bread and that is 500 calories. Takes me about 10 minutes to eat it. But it takes me close to an hour of exercise to burn those 500 calories. Whoever created us got the input and output equation lopsided and unequal. And that is why you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
First, I got rid of the milk inside the coffee. That was an easy way to reduce some caloric intake.
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