Don’t Accept Your “Body Type”
Do you love your body? Have you been told one of these lies?
- Your body type is your fate
- Your body type is your destiny
- You body type is determined by your genes
- You can never change your body type
2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese
That’s more than 100 million people. The question foremost in my mind, for reasons I will explain below, is – are these 100 million-plus people happy with the way they look & feel?
Americans spend more than $60 billion – that’s right, billion with a “B” – every year on gym memberships and diets. That huge number seems to imply that the answer is “No” – that at least some, if not most, of overweight or obese people are not happy with the way they look & feel. I mean, if they were happy they probably wouldn’t be spending all that money on diets and gyms, right?
Fat and Fit?
There has been a lot of debate about the health effects of obesity. Because obesity increases the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, kidney disease, and several types of cancer, it has been cited as the leading preventable cause of death in the world. There are also reputable scientific sources that report that it is possible to be both fit and fat, and fitness can offset some if not all of the negative health effects of obesity. There are sources that claim that physical activity level is a more important measure of mortality risk than Body Mass Index.
If the debate really were all about health it could potentially be settled by gathering enough scientific data. But such an investigation would be much too narrow.
My “Sliding-Door” Moment
My moment of clarity came out of the blue, unexpected, in my ex-wife’s response to a question. I had been unhappy with the perfunctory, business-like quality of our intimate encounters, so one day I asked her if there was anything about my body she found exciting, arousing, or hot. Her 2-word reply still resonates in my head today. “You’re mesomorphic”. Seriously. That’s what she said when I made myself vulnerable and asked her for a compliment. I’m grateful for that moment. That was when I realized (after I googled “mesomorphic”) that I had hated my body my whole life and I had been in denial about it.
That was the day I decided to refuse to accept my “Body Type” and start changing it.
What About Happiness?
Back to the obesity epidemic. OK, let’s allow for the possibility that you can be fat and healthy – but what about happy? Think about it. $60 Billion spent on gyms and diets means at least 10s of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of people in this country wake up every morning inside a body they don’t love – wow! That’s like a huge cloud of sadness hanging over our country. I know what that feels like – I woke up every day for decades hating the body I lived in.
Reject The Limitations of Others
your body type is not the weather, it’s not your destiny – It is a limitation placed upon you by others – a default value arbitrarily determined by society – other people are telling you this is who you are. You can choose to accept it, or you can choose to start changing it.
The Second Best Day to Start is Tomorrow
When my students ask me how long will it take them to learn to do a handstand I say “1 day less than if you start tomorrow” – so start today.
Now is The Time
I wish the “me” in that picture above had the information available to someone starting to change the shape of their body today.
The numbers show that 30% of Americans’ calories come from added sugar and alcohol.
The data shows that we are chronically sleep-deprived, which is known to have an effect on hunger hormones (ghrelin and leptin), endocannabinoids (which give you the munchies), and the stress hormone cortisol (which stores belly fat)
Recent research provides definitive evidence that you can obtain all of the measurable health benefits of exercise with as little as 1 minute of intense intervals.
Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and said out loud “WOW – I love my body”? Are you going to let your entire life pass you by and never know? I almost did. Until I had that sliding-door moment. I never would have figured out that it is
possible to reject the “body type” limitation place upon me by others – and change it.
3 simple changes will make all the difference
Skip happy hour – or drink a club soda with fresh lemon instead of a margarita.
Skip dessert – or eat some frozen blueberries with heavy cream, toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and almond extract.
Turn off your devices and go to sleep an hour earlier. Wake up early and do a 10-minute interval routine.
You can change the shape of your body. How would it feel to love your body? Want to find out? Do it!