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Exercise – the minimum effective dose for health

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Recently on the Slim Birdy – One Ten Toned – Eating Peaty private Facebook group, I told the story of the visit with my parents who live two states away. My father was finding the whole ‘taking your temperature thing’ revelatory in terms of helping with his eating habits. (He wants to put on weight, where as our group mostly discusses weight loss, however request to join if you would like to see how it was helping him.)

During that visit too, there is another story about exercise I wanted to tell and a running joke with my father – “Dad have you been lifting your weights a little?” He always replies, “I’ll start tomorrow.” He has said this for the last 30 years!

Now I haven’t seen my parents for about a year and a half – bad daughter I know – but we do speak every week. In that time though, I have written and been following my own One Ten Toned exercise program. This involves just a little amount of weight bearing exercises every day, or skipping a day here and there when life gets a little crazy at times.

When I was writing it, I told them all about it and even sent my father a little seven-day sampler to try out as part of my research. While he did it to help me, he was convinced that I wasn’t quite on the right path and I needed to do at least 30 minutes of all different exercises. He switched to what he thought he should be doing and then after a while he stopped.

So when they saw me, they couldn’t quite believe the muscle tone! The fact that I could do my push ups without effort, squats, throwing the weights around like they were nothing and for the first time in my life, looked rock solid and fit, with muscles shaping my legs, arms and back. Where as when I lost weight before, I would just look skinny and weak.

So it comes down to a few factors:

  • the minimum effective dose
  • prioritising weight bearing exercise over cardio (even walking)
  • doing a little something each day
  • doing the things you don’t hate
  • having it home-based and readily at your disposal
  • understanding that exercise for health is not the same as sports performance

So my father is really active in terms of walking, shopping, practicing golf etc but prioritising this was actually contributing to his health issues. So we set up three compound exercises with weights for a minimum of 3 reps x 3 sets a day and that’s it!   He can do one exercise, he can do all three, he can add more of other things and he can even skip a day. He has placed his weights in a spot in the house that he walks past often and says that it reminds him to do another set. Three weeks on and he is still going strong.

Realistically the biggest challenge is keeping it up. If it’s too difficult, goes for too long, costs too much, requires you to drive a while to get there, requires childcare, special equipment, you hate it, you already have a busy life or if the stars have to align before you can do it, then it won’t work. And I should know, as I avoided weight-bearing exercise for about 20 years, until now!

Health is about creating a relaxed, easy-to-do lifestyle. To find out how to do that with exercise, grab a copy of my book One Ten Toned and just start today.

To your health and muscles!

 

Kristy x

Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

Low Fat Chewy Plum Fudge

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When people start eating a Dr Ray Peat type of diet they think, “look saturated fat is protective so gimme all the ice cream, let me put butter on everything and what do you mean a handful of grated cheese at every meal may be too much?”

20 kgs (40lbs) overweight a few months later and they wonder what happened!

Saturated fat IS protective, but only in the right doses.

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What I eat in a day – Ray Peat Inspired

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I frequently get asked – so what does a day of eating look like for you? So I thought I would document it, to help others out.

  • Note I have updated this to reflect the fact that I am not doing super low fat of 20g a day (or 10% of calories any more.) Click here to read why this came about.

So overall I aim for 1,800 calories – 100g protein, 40g of fat and the rest carbs per day. I won’t always hit these targets, as measuring and counting every ounce of food I eat is not conducive to a balanced, happy life for me. However every quarter or so, I plug everything into cronometer.com to see what’s what, and if anything needs adjusting.

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Cardio Workout at Home – High Metabolism

ray peat, high metabolism, cardio, There is no exercise that can actually increase your metabolism per se, only exercise that can lower it – when it’s too hard and extreme it may damage your thyroid and engage stress hormones too often.

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Sweet Paprika Fish Pot with Mango

I keep hearing this a lot in the Ray Peat groups and forums – but what can I eat? So this year, I’m going to find, share and create more food suggestions and recipes to make life easier for myself and everyone else.

I’m not a fan of long-winded, elaborate recipes, I prefer quick and simple, but you can still pick a herb or a spice that can change the dish completely and give it a little pizzazz.

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Dr Ray Peat Inspired Weight Loss

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So interesting reading in the RP groups recently and the study where a bunch of guys were given 6,000 calories and no exercise and demonstrated that while their metabolism increased, so too did their fat and other, not so great, health markers.

While the study was extreme, I think it was a great example of how too many people emphasise the increase of calories as the only way to get to health and a higher metabolism using Ray Peat principles. (Anything under 2,500 calories was deemed to be an eating disorder! What?)

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Exactly why EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE is bad advice for long-term weight loss.

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You hear this line thrown out everywhere – “Just eat less and exercise more” – as the magical answer to everyone’s weight issues. The problem is it doesn’t actually work if you do it incorrectly (which most people do) and makes the issues worse, as you will see in this story…

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Skim Milk and the haters

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I’ve seen it a couple of times now on social media where health bloggers and an even more famous, healthy living personality have dissed skim milk, labeling it as highly processed, devoid of nutrients, not real food blah, blah, blah. And they took pride in saying they don’t drink milk anymore anyway!

Despite wanting to answer on those posts and give a different view, my response would be too long, so I’ll come over here and have a rant on my blog instead!

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I’m not doing anything differently but I’m putting on weight!

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I had lunch with a friend recently, who like me, has been into the whole losing weight, trying to be healthy thing for years. She had tried everything too but had been in a good place for quite a while, believing she had found her perfect mix of exercise and eating without too much drama, and she had maintained her 20kg (40lb) weight loss for the longest time.

Until now.

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