After a day of reflection and thought and a lot of input from fellow bloggers I am finally starting to come to terms with the fact that good health is more about the food that I eat each day and less about the exercise. Although exercise is very important if I am not eating the quality foods and minimizing the carbohydrates and sugars I put into my diet each day then exercise does very little towards getting lean and fit.
So my dilemma is simple yet so complex. When I workout I get hungry and eat more carbohydrates. Those carbohydrates are converted into sugar that supplies my body with needed energy. I don’t have a physically demanding day so any sugar that the body doesn’t need it stores as fat. When my body needs energy and cannot find it in the form of sugar it burns fat. But, if I never give my body the opportunity to burn that fat because I am always feeding it carbs and sugar then it just sits there. So although I see gains in muscles mass, I never really see too much fat loss.
How do I fix this problem? I have to reduce the exercise to reduce the demand for carbohydrates and reduce the carbohydrates by balancing my meals with just protein and vegetables. I have to learn to adopt a 90% vegetarian diet and track my carb intake each day to limit them to under 60 grams per day. I also have to watch my fruit intake to avoid the added sugar.
This doesn’t mean that I am giving up on exercise, but it does mean that I am going to move my focus more towards my diet while reducing my exercise to a natural state. I will walk a few miles maybe 3 times per week and save weight bearing exercises for times where I feel extra energy.
I am working out too much and too hard and I believe that because of my athletic past I have been coached and even brainwashed into thinking that pushing myself to high levels is the way to work out. With a short term goal in mind this may be OK in sports, but in the long term it is non sustainable and can even cause damage. At 54 years old I can say that I still have the body of a 30 year old, but where is that getting me if my blood sugar is off and my body is constantly working overtime to compensate for muscle gain through demanding higher levels of energy. This is not the natural state of a human being. As early man developed he didn’t constantly work hard, although he did play a great deal. But most time was spent walking, gathering and hunting and getting plenty of rest. We ate fresh meats and wild fish but mostly green leafy vegetables. With this in mind I will making some major adjustments to my diet.
Blood Sugar- 100, Weight- 179.4