Fitness is not a switch


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Many people fail in their weight management attempt because they are yo-yo dieting and yo-yo exercising. Yo-yo dieting or weight cycling is the repeated loss and regain of body weight. A weight cycle can range from small weight losses and gains (5-10 lbs. per cycle) to large changes in weight (50 lbs. or more per cycle). This happens as a result of poorly structured dietary pattern and a result of inefficient time/ lifestyle management. Unlike a switch, fitness shouldn’t be taken as an on and off basis. Fitness results whether the goal is improved health, improved body composition, weight loss or what have you is a result of consistency.

Based on my observation, many people fail to reach their fitness goal because they are not taking fitness seriously. Whilst, there is nothing wrong with minimalist attitude towards fitness such as eating healthy food choices, going to the gym regularly, etc, some people who tend to gain fat easily needs to learn a little bit more stuff about fitness than the others. Yep, you read that right. People highly varies on handling calories meaning some people tend to move more or eat less later on the day or the following day/s as a response to their overconsumption of calorie intake. On the other hand, some people tend to feel sleepy, sluggish and tired when they overeat that’s why they tend to accumulate unused surplus calories overtime. If you belong to the latter, there’s really nothing much that you can do to change your physiology so just worry about something that you can control which is adapting to the strategies and techniques why/ how naturally lean people stays lean. The keyword is “to adapt” and not to mimic. Of course, for us to adapt, we first need to be aware of the basic fitness stuff such as calories, macronutrients, it’s effects on our body, how our body handles different nutrients and how our environment(situations, social influences) affects both our eating behavior and physical activities.

Personally, I’m a naturally skinny fat person but instead of envying/ whining about my physiology, I took my shortcoming as an opportunity to explore nutrition and physiology even if it’s not my field. Whatever nature has granted us, we can always nurture the means of optimizing our genetic structure. Have you ever wonder why are the fitness enthusiasts peeps are often the ones who stays in good shape for a long time? Because aside from dedication(although some of them takes things to the next level which is obsessiveness), more often than not based on my observation, they also explore fitness stuff at varying level that’s why they can adapt(apply what they’ve learned into the context of their reality). I love fitness stuff myself. Personally speaking, I read and research even complicated stuff such as endocrinology stuff, hormones/ it’s effects on metabolism, exercise science, nutrient metabolism, etc. If you’re going to ask me if how detail oriented you need to be in order for you or a certain person need to know, of course it highly varies from person to person. In my experience, although some things regarding fitness are just minutiae which matters depending on specific context of application, the more attention and understanding we can put into certain details, the easier it will be for us to troubleshoot our diet or training program in the future. Just like the concept of my blog which is the context dieting solution, knowing both the basics and tiny details regarding fitness stuff, the easier for us to apply our knowledge into real life scenario. When it comes to fitness matters, there’s no such thing as a one size fits all. It always depends on the context of scenario and it depends on the context of application. Some people may think that this is a blanket statement but it’s not. Understanding every bit of the context will enable us to come up with wise solutions therefore allowing our weight management/ fitness goal more efficient in the long run.

Fitness shouldn’t be taken like a switch. Fitness results are results of consistency, dedication, awareness and adaptation.

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  1. I am not new to blogging and really value your blog. There is much prime subject that peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking you out. Wish you good luck.

  1. September 30th, 2011

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