There’s a reason you see so many advertisements in the fitness, workout, weight lifting, bodybuilding, and health market. It is one of the major, ever-present issues that people think about on a daily basis. To take it a step further, it is full of people who want to improve their health, wellness, fitness level, strength, or any other health related goal.
The point of this is that there are countless numbers of people at their ‘starting point’ at any one time. Many of them will find the key to success and crush their goals, but a vast majority will fall short and never reach the level they want to get to. There are a few things that almost everyone at their ‘starting point’ can do to take the next step and break free, and one of those few things is diet.
We find that a ton of people who are overweight, unhealthy, and unfit, have what we like to call, a “Deep Fry Diet”. This is, as it sounds, a diet that consists of a high volume of food fried in oil, usually from fast food joints like McDonals, KFC, or Wendy’s. These foods are sky-high with fat, cholesterol, bad carbohydrates, and salt – all things that do significant damage to your health if not kept at a reasonable level.
The Very Beginning
There is so much information out there it can be absolutely terrifying and paralyzing for someone looking to get into shape.
Put down the magazines and remember just this one thing: diet is responsible for around 80% of whatever fitness goal you’re after.
Don’t start running, don’t start going to the gym, don’t start taking any supplements. Start with your diet and only when you have that under control, move on to the other 20%.
Almost every single person at the start of their fitness journey can benefit from eliminating certain bad foods and changing their eating habits. Rather than checking your iPhone for the best deep fryer as you stand in line at Burger King, you should be preparing the week’s meals while chowing down on a chicken and avocado wrap.
It seems too easy to be true, and today’s advertising and work out culture has made it impossible for the average person to grasp that working out alone isn’t what gives you results. After all, the gym is sexy, working out is cool, and how are you going to get shredded eating spinach?
We have to do what we can to educate people on taking small, achievable steps on their journeys to fitness, hence our post today.
Even doing something like getting into the habit of using your oven for cooking real food or checking online for the best oil less deep fryer reviews and picking up a non-oil unit are great steps.
It is vitally important that diet be the first habit you change. So many people don’t even know what healthy eating is, and they are surprised when we tell them it is not chips, soda, and cake. People also get tricked by eating ‘healthy’ ingredients that are mixed with non-healthy ingredients. “But I’m eating tuna!” they say. Yes, but that doesn’t matter as much when you’ve got a load of cheese and mayonnaise and salt added to it.
And NO you don’t have to give up every single thing you like. We encourage cheat days every once in awhile because you shouldn’t have to skip using the best turkey fryer that your grandparents just bought for Thanksgiving just because you’re ‘on a diet’. In fact, we like to think of this as a lifestyle shift. From unhealthy eating with tiny, tiny bits of healthy eating…to health eating with tiny, tiny bits of unhealthy eating.