Truth be known, I’ve been a fan of all things Seth Godin for several years now. In the business world, he has been a popular and well-known author, blogger and marketing guru; an early adopter in the digital world. Once I discovered him, I committed to playing catch up on the wealth of info he has ‘shipped’, absorbed by his prolific writings. In Godin language: I have become a true enthusiast.
I admit that at times I find myself a bit intimidated by his constant reminders about being ‘remarkable’. Godin says in Small is the New Big, “Working hard doesn’t make you remarkable. Doing a good job doesn’t make you remarkable. What makes you remarkable is being amazing, outstanding, surprising, elegant and noteworthy!”
Gulp! Okay. Am I putting myself out on a limb; setting myself up for serious scrutiny? No matter what, in the last five years, I’ve taken the leap. I’ve always thought that being ordinary, normal and average were not things to aspire to anyways.
Fear of Change
Somehow reading Godin confirms for me that I was right to think that way all along. He also continues to remind me that fear of change, not by me alone, but by the population in general, has led to a persistent belief in what he calls “lies that people tell to maintain the status quo.”
Of the ten he lists in his rant “Mail…the check is in the”, I could truly relate to the one that affects all of us who travel frequently. “A bottle of Evian is dangerous to airline security and must be surrendered.” We have accepted this as truth, or at the very least an imposed truth. He goes on to say, “…people will embrace patently false ideas if it helps them deal with their fear of change.” We might be seeing this even more in our world today, as ‘fake’ news stories spread like wildfire. What are we discerning people to do?
Counting Calories is a Modern-Day Myth
Modern-day myths permeate all areas of our lives. Once they take hold, they seem virtually impossible to dislodge. Which brings me back to the title of this article. In the areas of health and weight loss, this kind of popular ‘lie’ has become ingrained into the mass consciousness. It’s become the perceived ‘truth’ when it comes to the role calories play in healthy weight loss or weight gain.
Although there is much research over many decades to the contrary, I would bet that most people when asked, would confirm that if you eat fewer calories than you expend, you will lose weight. Simple, right? Even though there has been increasing evidence that not only is the kind of calories important but that calories if they count at all, are merely a small and maybe insignificant piece of the overall complex weight puzzle.There has been increasing evidence that not only is the kind of calories important, but that calories if they count at all, are merely a small and maybe insignificant piece of the overall complex weight puzzle. #weight #calories #healthClick To Tweet
Cut Calories and Lose Weight—Not Necessarily
Yet, the idea persists that if you cut your calories and do more exercise, you will lose weight. The old calories in—calories out theory. This brings me to Tim Ferriss and how reading his book The Four Hour Body confirmed that the weight gain, weight loss issue has little, if anything, to do with calories. I must admit I’ve also become an enthusiastic fan of Ferriss’ and luckily for me, he only has a few mammoth (600+ page) books. I’m pretty much on track with all he has written.
In very succinct Ferriss style, in explaining the subject of calories, he says, “as usual, the focus is on the least important piece of the puzzle. But why do scientists harp on the calorie? Simple. It’s cheap to estimate and it is a popular variable for publication journals.” He then goes on to call this ‘parking lot science’ and I suggest you read why, in what is a very cutting-edge, science-based read. A favorite quote of his speaks volumes to me. “Reality is negotiable.” Always.Why do scientists harp on the calorie? Simple. It’s cheap to estimate and it is a popular variable for publication journals. #calories #weight #healthClick To Tweet
Calories Don’t Count
For a very long time, I’ve understood that calories don’t really count. In my own ongoing search for ways to continue to improve my health, (which at times has been so bad it was feared I might die of malnutrition, and at times I was so heavy no matter what I did the weight didn’t come off, which I write about in my book Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie), I’ve read a library worth of books and tried even more wide-ranging programs. I’ve faithfully counted calories and could never explain the lack of significant results.
Yet, the widely held calorie myth is hard to dislodge. The original caloric theory is now considered antiquated and has long since been debunked. The truth I’ve found lies in healthy and conscious lifestyle choices, including nutrition-dense foods, balanced blood sugar plus nutraceutical-grade supplementation and exercise. Ferriss shares interesting research on how much exercise is really needed to optimize achieving a healthy body. Hint: it’s in the title of his book.
Calories Are Everywhere!
Caloric counts still occur on food packages and we’re constantly reminded of calories and their relationship to weight, seemingly everywhere we go. Personally, I’ve always been willing to go against the popular belief of the moment and blaze my own trail. Especially when it comes to health and wellness. Must be the Aquarian contrarian in me. The recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals has never resonated with me either and are based on a conservative and antiquated guide, the RDI.
Personally, I take 2,000-3,000 mg of vitamin C daily, thanks to what was once controversial research by Linus Pauling. This is much higher than the current suggested RDI which is between 75-90 mg. It doesn’t seem to have hurt me in any way. “Be daring. Explore what works for you.” is my mantra.
Be Curious and Challenge Yourself
Any day is a good one to offer yourself a challenge. To question some of the widely and long held ‘truths’ that just may not work anymore. In fact, they may not have ever been true at all. Each moment presents an opportunity to be open to making changes. Even small changes can make a big difference in our own lives and can have an impact on those around us.
Personally, I’m always ready to give up the lies I may have bought into over the years. I remain committed to being remarkable and an enthusiastic enthusiast as Godin suggests. And to becoming superhuman and having incredible sex, if I learn from Ferriss.
If I can do this, well I just might be poised to create the best year of my life to date! My thanks to Seth Godin and Timothy Ferriss for challenging the status quo and inviting me to be better and to do better. What ‘truth’ are you willing to let go of to challenge yourself?
How Healthy Are You?
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