Diet + Exercise = Health

AskMeFitness.com is about clarifying the confusion about Diet and Exercise

Diet and Exercise make up the field of Fitness and even though they can make you skinny and get 6-pack abs, more importantly they are essential in achieving and maintaining a healthy Mind and Body. Diet and Exercise prepare your mind and body for the damaging effects of: chronic stress, bad habits, poor genetics as well as toxic environments and relationships.

The first problem is that fitness “experts” seem to disagree on EVERYTHING when it comes to diet and exercise which leaves most of you confused, BUT there are facts that will help you understand which combination of Diet and Exercise is right for you. That is why no one Diet or Book or style of exercise can cover it all, but science and medicine have already clearly established the FACTS of FITNESS that you need to know.

That is where I come in, I will show you the “bigger picture” of how Diet (calorie in) and the two forms of Exercise (calorie out) can work for you. This website (which can and will be revised and updated) is designed to guide you on your Journey to Wellness by organizing the scientific facts that dictate right from wrong, fact from fiction.

An example of how this website will help you.

Doctor Peter Attia is a nutrition “expert” and has an amazing blog site about healthy eating called “The Eating Academy”. The world would be a happier, healthier place if everyone would read, understand and incorporate his information on Diet. He is clearly an expert in nutrition, yet I was sadly disappointed when I read his post diminishing the importance of exercise.

So you can see that I am not taking Dr Attia out of context, here is the article that took me off guard EatingAcademy.com/Healthy-Exercise and the specific excerpts from that article are listed below. (Again this is a perfect example of how we can use this online age of free information exchange to turn our knowledge into a better understanding).

Dr Attia and myself seem to disagree on the importance of exercise, but I’m sure after my extensive explanation you will be smarter, more informed and at a much better place to decide for yourself, which is what I ultimately want for you.

Dr Attia states:

Exercise is important for a number of reasons, but weight management and controlling disease risk are not on the list, at least according to the best available evidence. (bold highlights are from me)

What??? He continues as he validates exercise half-heartedly…

Exercise “matters” for at least 5 reasons in my humble opinion: endorphin production (you “feel” better), social interactions, improving competitive skills, increasing endurance and strength, and (perhaps) injury prevention as we age. (Although exercise, of course, also causes injuries if not done correctly.)

The first sentence (of the excerpt) is completely false. Again, I love this guy on nutrition but there are literally 74,500,000 articles that you can disseminate through on the “benefits of exercise on weight loss“, add to that 27,500,000 + when you add “disease control and prevention“.

A lot of these articles are from “the best available” sources such as the esteemed Mayo Clinic and the CDC (just to name 2).

The Mayo Clinic states:

Your weight is a balancing act…You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages, and increasing calories burned through physical activity…Once you understand that equation, you’re ready to set your weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them…The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making indefinite changes in your diet and exercise habits.

Full article http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/basics/weightloss-basics/hlv-20049483

The CDC (fairly reputable, I think) published these two articles regarding the benefits that exercise has on weight control for the first excerpt and disease control/prevention for the second…

Control Your Weight

Looking to get to or stay at a healthy weight? Both diet and physical activity play a critical role in controlling your weight. You gain weight when the calories you burn, including those burned during physical activity, are less than the calories you eat or drink. For more information see our section on balancing calories. When it comes to weight management, people vary greatly in how much physical activity they need. You may need to be more active than others to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

To lose weight and keep it off: You will need a high amount of physical activity unless you also adjust your diet and reduce the amount of calories you’re eating and drinking. Getting to and staying at a healthy weight requires both regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan. The CDC has some great tools and information about nutrition, physical activity and weight loss. For more information, visit Healthy Weight.

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/index.html#ControlWeight

Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. But following the Guidelines and getting at least 150 minutes a week (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity can put you at a lower risk for these diseases. You can reduce your risk even further with more physical activity. Regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/index.html#ReduceCardiovascularDisease

So Dr Attia is a perfect example of the problem I have with the Health, Fitness and Wellness industry (combine into a multi-billion dollar a year industry). You will consistently find one expert validating himself by diminishing others. Telling you that what he has to say and sell is more important for you than what another expert is saying or selling, so that you will buy his product and intellectual information at the expense of you really understanding and consequently doing what is right for you.

If you want to understand the benefits of “healthy” exercise (the kinds that won’t injure you) then I have quite a few with articles with links to scientific and medical sources for validation. Here are some of my related posts, the first one addressed the difference between healthy/safe exercise versus the unsafe and injurious! Healthy Exercise vs Athletic ExercisesCardio vs MusculoExercise (the theory of) and Body and Mind.

This blog/website AskMeFitness.com

IN FULL DISCLOSURE, the GOAL or “AGENDA” of this blog/website is the free exchange and flow of FACTS ABOUT FITNESS. I am not SELLING anything but will be PUSHING and VALIDATING a lot of good PRODUCTS and INFORMATION that I KNOW to be TRUE, VALID AND BENEFICIAL for YOU! I want everyone on the same page of the science and medicine of Diet and Exercise.

I have been working in the field of Fitness (which categorically includes both Diet and Exercise) for almost 30 years and have a college degree (in the unrelated field of Political Science). My intellect (questionable though it may be) plus decades of training Doctors, Chiropractors, Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, and yes even a “Healer”, has given me a unique insight of the relevance of Fitness to the Preventative care of the Mind and Body.

I am a Master Fitness Trainer in real life and my online presence is The Fitness Answer Man. My expertise is in explaining the “bigger picture” of Diet and Exercise as they relate to your Health and Wellness. I AM NOT licensed in any of the individual fields of Medicine, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Physiology or Kinesiology, but I am well versed in all of them.

What I do excel in is deciminating the truth for you so that you can understand how different facts from each of these different fields adds up to a “holistic” approach to your health and wellness. I rely on and relay scientifically based information from “experts” in the fields listed above to help people one-on-one achieve their goals and that is what this blog/website is all about.

First start by knowing that no one Diet or Exercise regimen works for everyone. But once you know the Facts about Fitness you will know where your journey for Health and Wellness should begin!

Please post comments or email me with any questions you have at Kevin@AskMeFitness.com