I know of only a few meals that are easy to make, truly healthy, and absolutely delicious. That’s why I tend to make my sausage and lentil one-pot casserole once or twice per week without fail – it has all three bases covered. I have to stop myself from eating it more often so that I don’t grow bored of it.
It is a sad truth that many of us have been conditioned to accept a certain false reality when it comes to health and fitness. That false reality is a construct of the health and fitness industry, or more specifically, unscrupulous types who have a commercial interest in misleading us.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Healthy Enough is a destination for anyone who believes that there is a better way to live healthily than what fad diets and outrageous exercise regimes demand. Read my manifesto and discover if Healthy Enough is for you.
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According to a recent NPD Group survey, the number of Americans dieting has dropped by eleven percentage points since 1991 (from 31% to 20%). Harry Balzer, the Vice President of the NPD Group, was quoted as saying, “Our data suggests that dieters are giving up on diets more quickly than in the past.” It wouldn’t be too far of a leap to say that the proliferation of fad diets over the past couple of decades has something to do with that, and one fitness expert has told me that a line should be drawn.
At the time of writing, a typical day’s eating for me is lunch at 1pm, dinner at 7pm, and a dessert afterwards (I skip breakfast). I will typically feel a little peckish at around 5pm, but I know that I do not need food at that time. After all, dinner is only a couple of hours away. However, my brain often needs reminding of that fact, which is why I sometimes turn to my strategy of ‘sensory overload’. I’m going to reveal that strategy in this article.
I’ll soon be featuring my favourite recipes on Healthy Enough. Each one will be damned good for you without any compromises on flavour. No bland Weight Watchers crap – I’m talking about easy-to-make food that tastes great and makes your body happy. I can say this with confidence, as each meal I feature will be one I eat on a regular basis.
But before I get started with the recipes, I want to run a few things by you in this article – my principles for cooking, if you will. My reasons for doing so are twofold:
- To give you the freedom to cook as you please (not necessarily as my recipes dictate).
- To persuade you that cooking can actually be enjoyable if you’re not currently a fan (or think you don’t have the ability to cook).
If you’re already on board with the notion that cooking is fun, read on so you know how to tackle the upcoming recipes here on Healthy Enough. On the other hand, if you’re skeptical about the idea of cooking for yourself, it’s about time you learned just how much fun and rewarding it can be.
While the title of this article was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek, it does contain an element of truth. How so? Because when it comes to losing weight, your diet is far more important than the amount of exercise you do. Not only that, but when it comes to your weight loss efforts, exercise can be a complete waste of time if you overcompensate with your diet.
Don’t get me wrong – enjoyable exercise should be a part of your life, but it is not the panacea for healthy living. Growing evidence from scientific studies show that if you attempt to lose weight only by exercising more, you’re likely to fail. Meanwhile, attempting to lose weight with dieting alone has a far greater success rate.
So remember this: exercising more is not an excuse to eat more. If you treat it as such, you’ll probably find that you lose no weight (or even put weight on as you eat more additional calories than you burned off). Increasing the amount of exercise you do should be seen as a boost to your weight loss/management efforts, not an excuse to binge.
I recently argued that yo-yo dieting can be good for you if you take a holistic approach to health. However, I recognise that such a statement, if not properly qualified, could be misconstrued. There is no doubt in my mind that the healthy bounds of yo-yo dieting can be (and often are) abused, but that in itself does not make yo-yo dieting a bad thing.
Calorie tracking websites and apps are hugely popular – many people will go to meticulous lengths to log their calorie consumption. That doesn’t jive with the Healthy Enough approach though. Fastidiously tracking calorie consumption is far too time consuming (and not particularly accurate). However, simply tracking what you eat is easy enough to do, and can make a huge difference to your weight loss efforts.
The same exercise can be exciting or boring depending upon the context. For example, I’m not a big fan of running, but if a ball is involved I’ll be happy sprinting all over the place.
That’s where zombies come in. In this article I have three zombie-related, exercise-related suggestions for you, of which each can help you to burn fat while having a pretty awesome time.
The US Department of Health & Human Services recommends a bare minimum of two and a half hours of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and two sessions of “muscle-strengthening activities” per week.
That’s all very well and good, but trying to adhere to such strict and measured guidelines is not a sustainable means of staying in shape for many of us. In fact, being subject to such perceived pressure can in fact have the opposite effect (i.e. “If I can’t do that, I might as well do nothing”).
I believe that in order to create sustainable exercise habits, you could benefit from ignoring government recommendations and focusing on something else altogether.