Earlier this week, the American Heart Association released the 80/20 rule regarding how to avoid heart disease. It discerns that 20% of your risk for cardiovascular disease is based on genetics, while 80% is based upon your lifestyle choices. If you've followed this blog, you know my three keys to leading a healthy life: 1) Diet, 2) Rest and 3) Regular Exercise. But do people actually hold themselves accountable when/if they pack on the pounds?
The surprising (and resounding) answer: YES! According to a study conducted by Jayson L. Lusk and Brenna Ellison in 2013, 800 individuals representative of our vastly diverse American population were asked to rank seven options on a scale from 1-7 as being the primary culprit for obesity in America. 80% attributed themselves (the individual) as the primary culprit for their being obese, with other primary culprits like food manufacturers (35%) and government (18%) not ranking as highly as many would expect.
While these study results are encouraging, it's not known how many of the 800 study participants were, in fact, obese. Like so many other difficult life questions, sometimes one can say he/she would take accountability in a given situation, but can't know for sure until he/she personally encounters that situation. From my five years of experience as a trainer, while a great deal of my clients who pursue weight loss take accountability, it's clear that there are a great deal of environmental factors that can be attributed for any health issues regarding being overweight.
Regardless of the misinformation we face on a daily basis (whether it's MyPlate or the fancy processed food boxes claiming health benefits for incredibly unhealthy products), it's important for us as a people to personally take accountability for our health. While the nutritional component is very difficult to pinpoint in this day and age, being active and getting an adequate amount of sleep/rest is not. Start off by getting on a healthy regimen, sticking to it and figuring out your diet along the way. Check out some of my previous blog posts to see what's best to include (and not include) in your diet. Or, as a starting point, remember this sentence: "Eat meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar."
Coach Pete STRUGGLED with his weight for most of his life, and knows how difficult it is to discern fact from fiction when it comes to healthy, sustainable lifestyle habits.
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