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Mark Twain Talks About Fitness

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He had had much experience of physicians, and said “the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.”
– Following the Equator
There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and ever eatable, drinkable and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.
– Mark Twain’s Autobiography
Under our free institutions anybody can poison himself that wants to and will pay the price.
– Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Health And Fitness According To Mark Twain!

This is a little unorthodox and at a glance it may not relate to personal training or nutrition but I’m going to run with it.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain; An author and platform entertainer who became tremendously popular in his own day he also has an unbelievable amount of quotes.

Taking a few of Mark Twains quotes I’m going to agree or disagree and get you opinions on what he’s saying and my reactions.

He had had much experience of physicians, and said

“the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.”

Agree to disagree

Agree to disagree

This is a fair point, If you are in the majority then there is absolutely NO way that you can maintain or achieve a low bodyfat percentage or even look or feel healthy if you literally gorge on all of the things you want to or would like to.

I love chocolate… I ‘could’ eat it all day everyday and get some short term satisfaction out of it but in the long term I would end up in a bundle, overweight and possibly developing type 2 diabetes in the process.

So I have to agree with Mark here, there is, and HAS TO BE a certain level of deprivation of you are going to lose weight, or even maintain a lean body you already have.

You all know the person that can eat what they want and still stay thin, I was talking to a client the other day and he said exactly that.

‘my mate eats everything and its all BAD food and you can still see his abs…what gives?!’

I have two answers to this one;

1. It WILL catch up on him eventually.

The irreversible damage he is doing to his metabolism will soon manifest itself, I personally guarantee it. Notice that the one that ‘can eat whatever they want’ is usually the same person that baloons out of shape all of a sudden and develops alot of related diseases later in life. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease to name a few.

2. Being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy!

Somebody who eats healthily and maybe binges now and again or is a little bit more prone to holding on to bodyfat than the next person can be, and more than likely is FAR healthier than the thin person who eats what they want.

Lets move on…

“There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and ever eatable, drinkable and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.”

– Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Depriving yourself of the foods you like DOES NOT have to be indefinite!

Perhaps I’m wrong but the above quote is a little bit extreme 🙂 The fact is that if you change around Paretos Law and realise that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes then your nutrition becomes a little more manageable. You remove the 20% that is causing 80% of the trouble your diet is still 80% in-tact. You aren’t eating like a rabbit and you haven’t had to throw the refrigerator out the window.

Too many trainers/ nutritionists try and remove ALL of the things people like and eat regularly and the resultant diet looks like something you could go out and find in the garden. In an ideal world this is fine but you not a saint, neither am I. Our lives are too busy to adopt this raw, organic, fresh food, healthy fats all the time, regular feeding every three hours bla bla bla

BUT if we can adopt it 80% of the time then it is manageable and it only takes up 20% of the time.

You will get 80% of the results which is better than 0% and everyone’s happy.

You get where I’m coming from?

Losing body fat or getting fit is not about depriving yourself 100% of the time but it is a case of being aware of what you are doing 80% of the time and the other 20% you may have a little room for ‘error’.

Cinema

Eating out

Holidays

All fit into the 20% bracket 🙂

Hope this little rant helps…leave a comment if you have anything to say on this matter, or if you want to give out to me, thats fine too 😉

Bryan

bryan kavanagh

http://bryankavanagh.com

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness, nutrition, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments