I go into the how's of losing weight a lot on this blog, but I…
Your diet plays an unbelievably important role in your life. It pretty much underpins your health, your energy and your happiness levels. There’s more to each of those three than just your diet, obviously, but your diet plays a key role in all three.
The majority of the ever-fattening West’s obesity problems are due to diet. Lifestyle, sedentarianism and stress are all important, but diet is more so. Never have levels of junk food consumption been so high, nor life-threatening diseases been so common across all age groups. Changing your diet may just save your life.
On more of a micro, day to day level, your energy levels are going to suffer if you’re constantly chasing the next sugar high. Or if you’re constantly lethargic due to a lack of nutrients from vegetables, fruits and slow-releasing carbs.
Okay, let’s get to the big three reasons.
Number 1 – Your Happiness Levels Increase
You know when everyone else around you seems to be moaning, complaining and saying how “life’s so hard”, or “isn’t it awful that…..” and “oh, I’m SOOO TIREEEED”….whilst you’re sat there completely fine, nodding your head (politely), whist internally thinking “what the fuck’s wrong with you people?”
I’ve had this quite a lot recently.
Admittedly, genetics may play a part in this, but I suspect there’s more to it than just genetics. If you’re always moaning, you probably need to set some exciting goals and have some future plans that you’re working towards. This means that any perceived suffering is part of something greater, so you don’t moan. But in terms of diet, improving your diet improves your ability to endure hardship. It simply puts you in a better frame of mind.
If you’re someone who’s always moaning about how tired you are, you need to sleep more, and stop eating crap. The people around me who moan all the time about their energy levels, are predictably enough, eating processed crap every lunch.
Replace this with fruit, chicken salads, pre-cooked meat and rice dished (low sugar and low salt), and you will stop having tiredness problems. Instead of feeling tired, your feelings are determined by your actual situation at the time. If you’re tired all the time, you’re feeling bad for no reason at all. It’s not a legitimate reason to feel unhappy.
Your goal should be to eliminate all unnecessary forms of unhappiness. Lethargy is one of them.
Number 2 – Your Energy Levels Increase
This is strongly related to number one, but there is more to it. The more energy you have, the more things you can do. People who say it’s “impossible” to set up a business on the side of a full-time job likely don’t have enough energy themselves. Classic projection.
People who say it’s impossible to go to the gym 3-4 times per week on the side of a full time job are the same. It’s nothing more than projection based on their own limitations. If they’re men, and they’re Men Over 40, they definitely have testosterone issues.
You know what happens if that business makes money? It means you have more money than you otherwise would have if you had crap energy levels. You know what happens when you go to the gym 3-4 times per week instead of once per fortnight? Your physique improves enormously, rather than regressing slowly.
Higher energy levels, if harnessed correctly, will improve your lifestyle in the future. It’s future success, essentially. Without these higher levels of energy, this future success would have otherwise been impossible to achieve.
Number 3 – Your Health Improves
This one is going to be more important for Men Over 40, and the worse your health is, the more important your diet becomes. For younger men, they would be foolish to eat a crap diet, as they are preventing future success as detailed above. However, they aren’t likely to kill themselves any time soon by eating a junk diet.
Men over 40 may well kill themselves by eating crap.
If you already have pre-existing heart issues, cholesterol problems, hormonal chaos or cancer, cleaning up your diet may well save your life.
To summarise what you need to do in a few sentences, here you are:
- Eat less sugar (this is the most important)
- Eat less processed, packaged food (this is the second most important)
- Eat more plants
- Eat more fruit
- Take a multivitamin
- Take some vitamin D3
I don’t think I’ve missed anything off the list in terms of diet, and this is roughly in order of importance too, so you can address them one by one. Unless your doctor has said you are literally going to die within the next handful of years, I would advise attacking them one at a time. This makes it more manageable and sustainable.
There you go, cleaning up your diet may just save your life. Even if your health is already decent overall, it will prevent you from feeling unhappy for literally no reason at all, and it will also increase your energy levels, and therefore, the amount of stuff you can accomplish within any given timeframe.
Get to work 🙂