Getting Beyond the Diet Mentality

Most of us have been conditioned to believe that if we want to burn some body fat, we generally have to start some new diet. And yet, holistic fitness is all about considering the whole of your lifestyle, not just what you eat. Accordingly, the exercise and mind/body realms of this philosophy have a direct affect on your nutrition efforts. This is why it’s impossible to hit optimal levels of health just from diet alone. Let’s take a quick look at how these two other realms come into play, just from a dietary perspective.

In the Exercise Realm, the kind of shape you’re in, along with how many calories you burn everyday, are among the main ways that your diet is affected. Consider this:

• Cardio training helps to burn calories and increase your metabolism
• Resistance training builds muscle mass, which burns calories around the clock (to the tune of 50 to 100 calories per day per pound of lean muscle tissue)
• Exercise in general helps to relieve stress (see below for why this is important)

In the Mind/Body Realm, we know that being stressed or depressed can lead to overindulging in all of the worst foods and substances for us. (Remember the old saying that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Who hasn’t sought the solace of heavy desserts as an antidote to stress?) Also, we are typically reinforcing old, disempowering thought processes unless we consciously reinforce new, constructive ones. By engaging many of the concepts available in the mind/body realm, you will find that:

• Less stress promotes slower more mindful eating, which means better assimilation
• Less stress means you’re less susceptible to overeating or even binge-eating
• Less stress means minimal release of certain stress-related hormones (like cortisol) which have been shown to promote body fat retention
• Key mental exercises are necessary to reshape your identity to stay on the new eating regimen

So as you continue to employ concepts from these other two realms, you will find that it’s less about dieting, and more about the synergy of a total lifestyle philosophy.

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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2 Responses to Getting Beyond the Diet Mentality

  1. Despina says:

    Hi Bobby,

    That is so true about stress, I used to drown my sorrows in something sweet, but once i started learning how to deal with stress better I stopped craving it. Like if I feel stressed now i just go work out, or something. One question though,,, I have reached most of my fitness goals,,,my abs look better than they ever have and they have always been my problem area,,, how do i get them even better so that my 6 pack starts to show?? lol Is it possible that i can get them?

    Despina :o)

  2. elsie says:

    bobby,
    what kind of daily meal menu would you recommend? what do you eat for breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinner and so on? we want to start to eat better and get healthy and you are the man to go to. thank you
    elsie
    midland, tx

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