Posted by Fahad AlYehya | Core Fitness – Kuwait

The Question

Fahad,

I have a question. This may sound really stupid. But, other than weight concerns. What other reasons are there for eating healthy?
What I mean by that is lets say someone does not have any weight issues. What benefits does eating healthy offer them? Apart from like getting all the required nutrients perhaps.

Like if someone is not fat and dont get fat, why shouldn’t they eat sugar? Or why shouldn’t they eat lots of fat? Or white bread? Or cookies? Cakes? Big Macs? Fries? Sodas?

I mean we always look at this from a caloric and weight loss/muscle gain perspective. But, beyond that, what are the long term impact on health of eating well beyond just getting all the required nutrients?

Can you talk a bit about that.

– Ed

The Answer

Well Ed, I am cleared to tell you how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

“Ed: I often wondered about this phenomenon. Do tell.”

A woodchuck could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could, but really, who gives a damn about a woodchuck?

On a serious note, I found this question too significant to include in the comments below my last post. I will be answering Ed’s questions in the order I see fit.

“1”

“I mean we always look at this from a caloric and weight loss/muscle gain perspective. But, beyond that, what are the long term impact on health of eating well beyond just getting all the required nutrients?” – Ed

Throughout my years in health and fitness, I’ve noticed that the only way I could pull people in to seek health is by sugar-coating reality. How could I approach a person who ignored his doctor’s instructions to eat properly in order to live? How could I convince anyone between the age of 20-30 to eat better and train frequently if their only concern is to enjoy artery-clogging fats and insulin-spiking carbs?

Like this:

Me: “Ryan Reynolds. YOU LIKE!?”

Male Client: ahh..yeah…I mean YES!”

Me: “NO WORRY!  I take VERY NICE care of you!”

Male Client thinks to himself: “Damn it, if I were a Hollywood celebrity, I would have so much time on my hands. You bet your ass I’d look like Ryan Reynolds. But I don’t have the time so you know what, John Goodman will have to do.

and like this:

Me: “Angelina Jolie! VERY HOT, yes?!”

Female Client:..no, I’m looking for something closer to Jennifer Lopez.”

Me: “NO WORRY! Who you like?! Demi Moore!? Salma Hayek!? SPICY GIRLS?!”

Female Client: “Ahh..no, Jennifer Lopez would do.”

Me: “OKKKKAIH! Very nice! NO BROBLEM! You no want to look like FAT lesbian! Ummm, you know! What her name!? Rambo O’Donahue?”

Female Client: “Rosie O’Donnell.”

Me: “YES! Very NICE! You look like Rambo O’Rosie right now!”

Female Client thinks to herself: “Of course, Angelina Jolie looks the way she does. What does she do? She doesn’t do anything but prep for movie roles. If I had her schedule, I would look even better than she does. All I need is more time, guuuurl!”

Yes, we all know that all celebrities do is hop around the world trying to look good. It’s not like Angelina Jolie has to juggle her time between taking care of her kids, adopting new ones, and trying to stop a global genocide. All she does is work out. PFFFT! Angelina looks the way she does because she makes time for the gym (and has the number of the best plastic surgeon). 

Oh and Ryan Reynolds? That Canadian doesn’t have to do anything but look good for his wife. It’s not like he has to make time for reading scripts, auditioning, and all that stuff borderline funny comedians do.

Unfortunately, a lot of individuals could care less about their health and more about their appearance. If I can’t convince a person to seek professional help in order to save his/her heart, then I’ll convince them to do it for presentation. It’s shallow and materialistic, but gets the job done.

So, here’s my advice to all you John Goodmans and Rosie O’Donnells out there is to quit nagging about the levees of New Orleans and Bill O’Rielly and harness that energy running on a treadmill. You might hate it in the beginning, but trust me, your body will love you.  

 “2”

“What I mean by that is lets say someone does not have any weight issues. What benefits does eating healthy offer them? Apart from like getting all the required nutrients perhaps.” – Ed

Skinny does not mean healthy; it means that you have a fast metabolism that will eventually slow down because you’ve been neglecting eating healthy.  By the time we reach 25, our internal processes and functions start to decline, resulting in less energy expenditure and more storage.

Imagine your body as a tree, and every time you treat it badly a lumberjack comes and chops it. The tree’s still up, so no problem right? You treat it badly again and good old Paul Bunyan comes right back and chop chop. Once that final chop comes into play, I’d suggest you prepare yourself because it is going to SUCK.

Stage One: You’re told by family and friends that you’re too thin, so you eat every nutritionally retarded food source you see in front of you. You maintain your activity level through 2-4 games of 60 minute soccer per week, but consume a huge fast-food meal right after in order to satisfy your hunger. Within a few months, you realize a small pot belly and your once-ripped structure starts to look smooth.

Stage Two: Your appetite is flourishing. You’re devouring everything in front of you while thinking “Hey! I need to gain weight right!?” Mommy and daddy still think you need to gain a few kilos, so eat up little piggy.

Stage Three: Your friends call you up and want to go munch at the Slider Station and you’re thinking “Hey! I needs tah dress up purrdy geeewd!” Oh, but wait; little piggy just realized something, “SNAP! My Diesel’s don’t seem to fit!”

Stage Four: You look bloated, and your face turns red every time you talk. Momma’s worried about her little piggy, so they visit the doctor and get some blood work done. “This little piggy had too much sugar and salt!” said the doctor. “He’s border lining diabetes and his blood pressure is too high!” Momma’s worried about little piggy and listens to what the doctor has to say.

Stage Five: You’re young and could care less about health issues. Plus, you’ve been consuming processed crap for the past few years; little piggy ain’t going to cut this anytime soon. More and more you eat, your weight climbs up 20kg within 6 months. Little piggy is officially big piggy.

Stage Six: Your friends think you’ve been tanning every weekend since your face’s red from the HBP. While playing soccer, your lower back starts to give in. “AWH! I must’ve kicked that ball not so geeewd!” Whoa there big piggy; you’re belly’s putting a lot of stress on your lower back. You go for another soccer game, but your endurance is suffering pretty badly. You breathe heavily and your knees start to wobble around. “Hey! I must’ve played too much soccer this week!” No big piggy; that was only 1 game, and you lasted 10 minutes. Your knees are wobbling due to the excess weight.

Stage Seven: Your soccer buddies don’t call you anymore because you’re starting to suck. “Hey! I don’t need soccer! I’ll just plug in FIFA on my Playstation 3, ERRRIGHT!” You spend less time on the field and more time chilling and eating at the duwaniya. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well on your way to obesity.

So yes Ed, everyone needs to be aware of their health. Obesity is a gateway to a lot of diseases that build up overtime. As we all know, nothing happens overnight; the diseases gradually build up until our bodies cannot take anymore punishment.

“3”

“Like if someone is not fat and dont get fat, why shouldn’t they eat sugar? Or why shouldn’t they eat lots of fat? Or white bread? Or cookies? Cakes? Big Macs? Fries? Sodas?” – Ed

What’s common in regards to the foods you listed above? They are all processed, refined, manhandled or whatever we humans do to make food tastier and longer lasting. Processed foods were designed to preserve, texturize, soften, sweeten, and pretty much denaturize food. Most nutritional value is lost and replaced by other chemicals and ingredients that have little or no nutritional value, which can be damaging to your health.

How bad are processed products?

Allergies, bad breath, body odor, diarrhea, constipation, gas, flatulence, abdominal bloating, frequent urination, edema, swelling, water retention, heart burn, acid reflux, stress, insomnia, sleeplessness, gastritis, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, high (LDL) cholesterol, kidney stones, migraines, headaches, arthritis, gout pain, acne, yeast infection, memory impairment, tooth decay, tooth staining, nausea, photo sensitivity, tears, thirst, weight gain, hormonal imbalance.

Thin and healthy people do not have super powers that make them immune to the side effects above. They are more in danger of obtaining those side effects since they don’t see (keyword: SEE) any abnormalities on their bodies (i.e. belly, man boobs, ghetto booty, love handles, etc).

Please, I urge everyone to listen to my advice: stick to less processed foods! The farther you are from Mother Nature, the worse your health gets. The amount of sodium, preservatives, food coloring, phosphates and whatever crap they use to CREATE PLASTIC is on every possible processed product out there! You don’t need to cut junk food completely, just limit your processed food intake to half of its original amount and see how better you feel.

Don’t forget that junk food is called junk food for a reason. Don’t take my word for it; read this: EARLY DEATH.

“4”

“What other reasons are there for eating healthy?” – Ed

How am I able to work 8 hours in the morning, weight-train for 30-45 minutes, attend my businesses for 4-6 hours, write this long ass post and enjoy my time with friends and family? Without the help of Allah and my ability to control energy and stress through nutrition, I can never accomplish my days without negatively effecting my health.

1. Healthy eating will protect you from any diseases that are commonly prevalent when we grow older, including heart disease and diabetes. By eating healthy you are boosting your energy levels, improving your bodily functions, helping to improve your immune and generally end up leading a longer and more vibrant life. 

2. Meeting your nutritional needs. By attaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re consuming every possible nutrient that is essential for living; you are literally insuring the longevity of your future. The vitamins and minerals in healthy foods can boost your immune system and shield you from many common illnesses. You will and can reduce the risks that are linked to serious diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 

3.  Healthy eating can reduce your stress levels. You will enjoy life more and have more energy to face the challenges before you.

4. You will sleep better and feel a lot more rested when you wake up.

5. The ability to lose fat quickly and maintain it long term. Most people who lose the fat with fad diets gain it right back (sometimes double) when they go back to their normal eating habits. With a healthy diet that you can maintain for life, you will lose that fat once and maintain it long term.

6. Healthy eating will keep you active and energized. Your body will tell you to seek exercise! I’ve personally seen obese individuals who’ve lost copious amounts of fat and started eating healthy. In the process, some of them took up diving and swimming as hobbies, while others strived to become triathlon athletes. Lastly, you will be able to run faster and longer, lift stronger and jump higher.

The One With All The Cliches

“You only live once.” This is the kind of crap you hear from people who could care less about their health, and its not even true. In fact, judging this truth from the show Lost, you pretty much suck if you don’t come back to life. Oh, and James Bond lived twice and cats live nine times. Whoever came up with that excuse is a fat dude who thought life wasn’t worth living because he was fat. Fat people don’t like to live because the more time they live, the more fat jokes are made at their expense. (And yes I’m joking, so take it easy)

“Who wants to live until 70?” Who wouldn’t wanna live until 70? People picking up after you and taking care of all your needs while you berate the living crap out of them? Seriously though, bracing yourself to fart is not cool. Stallone’s hitting 66 years of age and he looks better than 74% of the Kuwaiti population.

“I don’t need to watch what I eat. I’m skinny.” Your metabolism will eventually slow down. If you think you’re skinny and your abdomen isn’t noticeable, think again. Your overall structure is thin, but layered in fat.

“I’m still researching and looking for an optimal method in dieting and exercise while enjoying my box full of donuts and Oreo shake.” I bet you’re the guy who tells his friends all about the newest fad diets and about the latest exercises. You love to talk the talk, but when you try walking the walk, you end up gasping for air after 10 minutes. If you can’t make up your mind, ask a professional.

“I have no time for a healthy lifestyle.” No matter what your limits are and how bad they may be, there is no such thing as no time. You and only you is in control of your life. What’s the use of obtaining success if you can’t live a long healthy life enjoying it?

“The level of stress and pressure in my life is overwhelming!” I have a full time job from 8 am to 4 pm, spend 4-6 hours a day attending my businesses and still manage to eat 6-7 healthy meals, get in a decent workout and spend time with family. Sleep early, get in 30-60 minutes of exercise per day and spend more time with the people you love the most and less time at the duwaniya.

One of my relatives (Allah rest his soul and may he rest in peace) died at the young age of 45. I kept on nagging him a few years back to eat healthier, cut smoking and exercise; yet he couldn’t resist the temptations of food. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high (LDL) cholesterol and diabetes by the age of 35. His doctor urged him to pursue a healthy lifestyle if he wants to live longer (married with 4 kids), but he still did not listen.

He ate as much as his heart desired, smoked endless packets of cigarettes a day and neglected any source of activity. He kept on ignoring every possible side effect until one day his body decided to give in.

Take a look at this video and tell me if 70 isn’t young

Posted by Fahad AlYehya | Core Fitness – Kuwait