Last week I was going through my usual internet routine of watching new YouTube’s and reading new articles when I came across a recent Josh Rubin video about Nutrition Timing and Exercise. So I’m watching, I’m nodding, I’m agreeing, and he throws this line out there… “Do you get healthy to lose weight or do you lose weight to get healthy?” A small part of me inside of me died. I have been feeding into this concept for the past two years by slowly… gradually… baby-stepily understanding what this means through my own research, trials, errors, and hindsights… but I never had a short, one-liner that made it all this health-mush that I’m piling up by the day mold complacently together.
Not too long ago I was under the impression that in order to be healthy I had to lose weight; not the other way around. My perspective went something along the lines of… How the hell can I be healthy and have body fat? Doesn’t body fat correlate to being unhealthy? So, that’s simple… burn fat and get healthy… because if I look healthy then I will damn sure be healthy! Time to do calorie-burning squats after calorie-burning squats.
Ahhh, those were the days… and I have the massive thighs to prove it (thank you, genetics and my ego).
It may take a bit of time, personal experience, and understanding for the statement to truly sink in, but as the kids say these days… it’s #realtalk.
Get healthy to lose weight.
I love it.
What does this statement mean for you? For your lifestyle? For your nutrition? For your mental and emotional state or attitude? For your actions and reactions? For your beliefs, programed thought patterns, habits, and current personality? For your sleeping patterns? For your work and school schedule? For your internal and external stressors? For your perspective? For your goals and dreams? For your path?