Symptoms vs Root Cause

symptoms vs root cause-Fitness-nutrition

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Symptoms vs Root Cause

Hello,

In this short video, I want to talk to you about the difference between symptoms vs root cause
And why knowing this will help you pin down where you need to apply your attention if you want to get back in shape, stay fit and make health your main ingredient.

In medicine, symptoms are physical or mental signs that together, point to an underlying issue.
In other words, symptoms point to a root cause, also called disease. Painful symptoms will not be fixed unless the root cause is addressed.

Now, let’s take this understanding and apply it to nutrition and fitness.

Over and over again, I see people who say, I have some back pain, or, my knee is bothering me, or I’m feeling tired and lethargic every day, or I get sick often…And what they do is finding ways to patch those issues and go on with their lives, failing to realize that those signs are pointing to something deeper, they are symptoms of being unhealthy and out of shape.

If you understand back health, you know that just focusing on the area where you are experiencing back pain will not solve the issue, because your pain is often a symptom of your overall fitness level, and other deficient areas in your body can be linked to your back issue. We also can’t forget about nutrition.

The same logic applies to other health issues people have, there are symptoms of the body as a whole not being healthy and fit. You are as strong as your weakest link.

We want quick fixes, we look for a pill or quick solutions to problems we are facing. Like taking Tylenol if you get a headache. Taking it once, okay, but imagine taking it every day to turn off pain. How is that any different than someone taking illegal drugs to feel good.

This is what people are doing with back pain, headaches, digestive issues, lack of sleep, all the way to stress and depression.

Instead of fixing the root cause, they want to patch up issues at the surface.

The truth is, If you fail to dig deeper and understand the root cause of problems you face, they will keep growing in the dark, in your shadow, faster if you decide to numb yourself at the surface. Because physical and mental pain are like phone notifications for us to pause, and take care of our health.

That’s why I always say, nobody gets sick or overweight overnight, nobody gets chronic back pain, chronic sleep issues, diabetes or hypertension overnight…If you pay attention to yourself, you will notice early on signals your body is sending you, you will be able to sense when your body is getting out of sync, out of shape.

Generally, people don’t fall sick because of bad luck, it’s not a magic spell, it’s science. It’s the law of cause and effect. The body you have today, the mental state you have, your fitness, your pains, are all flowers of seeds you planted in the past.

As you might know, the US and the world at large are facing a health crisis. You hear that this country or that country has a terrible healthcare system, some want the government to spend more money, obesity is rising, heart diseases, the leading cause of death is killing young and old, and worse, drug addictions are on the rise, from illegal to prescribed pharmaceuticals. But to me and many in this field, all those issues are symptoms of deeper problems modern society is facing, obesity to cardiovascular issues and the opiate crisis are not diseases, they are symptoms pointing toward mental health and lack of peak wellness.

Diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, if you have total control of your mind, move as a unit and understand the consequence of your lifestyle, your behavior will strengthen a healthy lifestyle.

Craving unhealthy food, overeating, impulse eating, boredom eating, all these triggers are mental and lead billions of people to get out of shape and be exposed to diseases that are preventable.

Debates on fixing the healthcare system continue to stay superficial, failing to address the root cause.

Helping people develop emotional control, mind control, equanimity…you automatically take care of those potential diseases from emerging.

Peak wellness is the highest mental state you can reach, depression is the lowest state. Being normal is in the middle. People in the middle, who are normal and not sick nor depressed assume that they don’t have to work on their mental state, why fix something that is not broken.

But that’s a dicey game because you don’t know how your body and mind will react if stress you experience every day increases by a few inches.

How many people we know to be strong-minded who, facing new challenges in life, completely collapse and let themselves go. Then they become addicted to overeating, get out of shape and start to gain weight, all the way to obesity, or worse, fall into drug addictions or depressions.

I don’t know if you are familiar with Jordan Peterson, whose book, 12 rules for life sold north of 3 million copies in the past two years. Becoming a huge success in the self-help category. Yet, someone as accomplished as Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, ended up falling into a deep depression and became addicted to an antidepressant.

This is a perfect example of how someone with normal mental health can succumb to mental issues.
What happened to Jordan Peterson and many people we know personally are strong reminders that we each need to be proactive, with our health, physical and mental.

Modern life is very good at helping countries and people increase prosperity and wealth.
But modern society is not equipped to help individuals being fulfilled in life, blossoming.

Being centered, balanced, at ease, that’s mental wealth, prosperity is outside, it’s material wealth.

There is a saying in management that you become what you measure, and in modern society, our focus is on the external, material wealth, GDP and appearances. But have an honest conversation with people and you see how much need there is for mental wealth, inner calm and peace.

But that’s not a conversation you see on the public stage, everyone wants better healthcare, more money. The world is infinitely richer than 40 years ago, but mentally did we make a leap? Addictions are on the rise, depression, lack of fulfillment, there is a strong case that emotionally, humans are going backward, material wealth might be increasing for some, but mental health, in large, is going backward.

People want quick fixes, let’s throw more money at it, let’s blame the pharmaceutical companies,
The big food corporations, we focus on the suppliers but fail to look at the obvious, without demand, there would be no supply. Would Mc Donald survive without people buying it, would the drug cartels survive without demands for drugs? Would people be drawn to it if they were flourishing mentally?

What is our individual responsibility in what’s happening in the world? As buyers, we have tremendous power in deciding what companies stay at the top.

So three things to take away, first, look at the root cause of issues you might have, lack of sleep, back pain here and there, knee issues, take them seriously and fix your overall health and fitness.

Second, going deeper, look at your mental state, what can you do to improve it, and reflect on the connection between your mental health and happiness.

And third, what will be the ripple effects on the world at large if individuals increase their emotional health toward peak wellness.

Health is wealth but It’s up to you, thank you.

I am not Losing Weight, What’s Wrong?

I am not losing weight, what's wrong?

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I’m not losing weight, what’s wrong
I’m not gaining muscle, what’s wrong

Hello

From time to time, I hear people I’m helping lose weight or gain muscle or doing it by themselves express how something is wrong because they are not making enough progress, at least as quickly as they think they should. And this leads many people to lose patience, start cheating on their food and slowly relapse in their old nutrition habits.

If I know those people, what I tell them is, think about how many years you have been eating unhealthy and didn’t proactively take care of your body and health, 10, 20, 30 years of bad eating and now, after 2-3 months of changing your nutrition for the better you want to quit, you are tired of it already.

People spend all this time gaining weight but if you tell them, you know what, realistically, it will take you one year or two to get in the best shape of your life, and then almost three years to make this new lifestyle part of your identity, of your flavor, many people hearing this will not sign on, they will have to be super unhealthy to make this shift, or they will postpone it to another time.

But fortunately, you may not be one of those people, because people and others are a generalization, the crowd really doesn’t exist, we are all unique individuals. So just understand that even if you are following a good nutrition plan, doing everything the right way, from eating to exercising to working on your mind,You might hit some roadblocks where it seems like you are not losing weight as fast anymore or gaining lean muscle mass as quickly as you did in the beginning.

But that’s okay, there are many reasons why this can happen, let’s go over them quickly. I go over them in more depth in the video program Lose Weight Forever.

In the first few weeks of following a healthy lifestyle, you might lose more weight because the bulk of it will be water weight. When you stop consuming a lot of carbs and sugar, you are turning off the hormone insulin, which leads the body to retain more sodium, which in turn increases water retention in your cells and tissues. Reduce your carbs and sugar intake and see how less water you feel like drinking. So a lot of weight you lose in the beginning might be amplified by losing water weight.

Next, you might not lose fat as much later on… because your calorie deficit is not low enough. Let’s say you start your weight loss journey with a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day. But then, a couple of months later, you hit a roadblock, try decreasing your calorie by another 200 calories. Some people adopt a calorie deficit of 1000 calories below they Basal Metabolic Rate, which I think is good for many people looking to lose weight. A calorie deficit triggers your body to use your fat cells for energy, hence burning fat for fuel.

Or you might hit a hormonal roadblock, meaning, your body has been used to be overweight for so long that your baseline weight is being overweight. So when you start to lose weight up to a certain level, your hormonal system puts on the break because it thinks you are starving yourself, even though you have all this extra energy in your fat cells to be unlocked.
Your metabolism slows down, so you have to stay patient here, keep eating healthy and exercising and your weight will continue to go down, maybe not as much as in the beginning but you will keep progressing.

For those of you who are looking to gain lean muscle mass, you might hit a roadblock for many reasons.

One can be that you are not paying enough attention to your recovery. As your intensity and the amount of weight you lift increase, optimal recovery is crucial. Are you sleeping enough, are you eating enough, are you allowing enough resting between gym sessions for super-compensation to take place.

Another reason for a roadblock might be that you have to switch your reps, sets and how you are doing some exercises. Hitting your muscles at different angles can help stimulate growth.

Another common reason why some people find it hard to gain more muscle is that they are simply not lifting heavy, or the intensity is not where it should be. And I see that all the time in the gym, people coming and acting like it’s a night club, talking to their friends, taking long breaks between sets, barely sweating, don’t be that guy. You want to maximize your time in the gym or at home training, make it as intense as possible, it’s the best way to stimulate muscle growth.

Or, maybe you are doing too much aerobic cardio, which can slow down your muscle growth.

And last but not least, you might not be eating enough food overall or proteins specifically. This for me was the reason WHY when I started to lift weight in college, I wasn’t seeing good results. The intensity and all other parameters were checked but I realized I wasn’t eating enough. And this is common with people who are naturally skinny, they don’t feel like eating a lot. So I had to push myself to eat, eat and eat. And boom, I started to see amazing results and reached my goals.

In both cases, facing roadblocks losing weight or gaining muscle, look at these elements I mention and see how you can take care of them. What I didn’t talk about, for those of you looking to lose weight is that maybe you are not actually eating healthy. Cheating here and there is one way to make it impossible to lose weight. So take a good look at your nutrition, be honest and see if you can make it better, one cheat day a week and 6 days of clean eating.

And to finish, understand that Incremental progress is the blueprint to success, we are so used to see big body transformation or those total home makeover that as a society, we got used to big changes, but if you look at history, changes happen very slowly…

For example, in the 1960s, scientists and presidents said that by the year 2000, most wealthy countries would run on solar energy, yet today, in 2019, solar energy accounts for less than 5% of energy sources on the planet.

In almost 50 years, solar energy increased by only 2-3%. So reflect on this, change is very very slow. The good thing is that losing weight or gaining muscle is actually way faster in comparison to the example I just gave.

So develop cool patience, not fake patience where you are boiling inside, cool patience is enjoying every step toward a healthier version of yourself, mentally and physically, because inch by inch, if you are mindful, you can see you are feeling better and looking better, stronger every day. This is why I say the mental aspect of losing weight is 99% of it. The missing link.

Enjoy the process that makes you great, the small victories, don’t panic when you hit a wall and stagnate for a few weeks, assess, stay on the road and keep driving.

It’s up to you, Thank you

Change from your center

Change from your center-Lose Weight

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From your epicenter.

Hello, this video topic is on one superpower to improve your health, start from your epicenter.
The gist of this video is this, it’s more effective to change from your root, your center than from the surface. Easy to understand but not easy to do. Because there is a difference between the most effective way and the easiest way to do it.

The issue is that people look for an easy way to lose weight or gain muscle, which is the least effective way to do it, hence why 95% of people dieting fail. And the irony is that by failing year after year, it actually looks like people are taking the hardest road by looking for an easy way. Instead of starting from the root and losing weight once and never go back again, you fail again and again and again.

First, ask yourself this question, where should you apply your energy to get the biggest return on your health, fitness, nutrition and overall well being? This is what everyone thinking of getting in top shape should ask themselves in the beginning.

Ultimately, there are two ways to change in life, one is from the surface, and the other is from the center, from within. You will get results with both options but the failure rate is not the same. The failure rate from changing from the surface is 95%. Whereas changing from your center is transforming yourself, like graduating a class, you cannot go back again.

If you look around, observe and listen to people looking to lose weight, gain muscle or stay vibrant as they age, here are questions they are asking:

  • How to lose weight fast
  • What is the best diet to lose weight
  • What is the best fat burner supplement
  • Does drinking warm water help lose fat
  • How to gain muscle quickly
  • How to put on lean mass
  • What is Michael B Jordan workout plan
  • What is the best supplement to gain muscle
  • What is intermittent fasting or Keto

All these questions are valid, but how effective are they, or better yet, does spending your energy finding answers to these questions help you lose weight once and for all, help you stay fit and vibrant?

From experience, I think people, unknowingly, are missing the forest for some trees.

Because the core of changing in life, such as improving your health and fitness is changing behavior.

If you are looking to lose weight, if you are overweight, or trying to gain muscle mass, you are looking to change your behavior, and this is the domain of the psyche, the mind, the missing link. The most important element helping people stay in shape, fit, decades after decades is their behavior, which is controlled by the epicenter, the mind.

I’m not saying knowing which diet will help you lose weight is not important to know, it is, but that’s secondary. A 360 approach to improving your nutrition and fitness has to start with your mind and even deeper, at the core of your emotional center, your heart. Ancient Egyptians called it the intelligence of the heart.

You have to be all in toward a new way of living. Move as a unit, be in the driver seat, manually shifting, not automatic.

That’s step one, step two is turning off unhealthy eating behavior, not outside in your actions, that’s ineffective, you have to do it mentally, where they originate, go to the source. And this requires you to become more aware, alert and mindful of your inner life, your mental life.

You start to see how to react to the environment and how this affects your mental state and your ability to eat well or not. Then you assert control, over your environment. Again, this is not done by saying, this person or that situation is badly influencing me. Nope, it’s all in your mind.

Then once you asserted control over negative influences and thoughts associated with your old lifestyle, you simultaneously start feeding new thoughts, new desires, toward health, toward fitness, toward peak wellness.

One unhealthy thought has the potential to generate more unhealthy thoughts. Healthy thoughts, generate more healthy thoughts, so you then become a gardener, in charge of building a fresh ecosystem, in your mind which your thoughts…and in your heart, with your emotions. This will naturally bleed in your actions and lifestyle.

This is what I mean by changing from your epicenter, in the eye of the storm. This change will have a long-lasting effect on your identity and make it a breeze to exercise, eat healthy, go to the gym on the regular because it becomes who you are.

You see, superficial changes from the surface are like spray painting mango fruits to look like apples. That’s what people looking to lose weight without taking care of the mental part are doing, jumping on all kinds of diets, losing weight, and relapsing. Don’t try to spray paint the mango tree to look like an apple tree, remove the root and plant a real apple tree. Don’t try to look like an athlete, become one, make that part of your lifestyle. From…..your….epicenter.

Think of this, if you want to stop a tree form flowering, if you start by cutting the flowers, cutting the branches, and then leave, they will grow back, more so this time, this is called pruning.

Ancient Greeks understood the importance of changing from your center, from your roots vs the surface. I’m sure you heard or saw the legendary Hydra creature, the mythical animal with 3,4 sometime 6 heads. Worse, every time you cut one head, it grows back.

The only way to conquer hydra is the cut the roots. It’s the same with habits, your nutrition and fitness.
Your body and life is the result of your actions, thoughts, state of mind, emotions up to today.

The new you require a new software or a radical update. You cannot expect a new you with the same old software that made you overweight, unhealthy or out of shape.

This is why Einstein famously said we cannot solve a problem with the same kind of thinking we had when we created this problem. He said it’s the definition of insanity. I wouldn’t go that far, it’s just that we are not used to investigating our mind, emotional state and taught how to develop it. These important skills are not taught in school or by our parents.

So in conclusion, Your outlook on life has to change, and in order to do that you need to:

  1. Increase your level of awareness, become less mechanical, more mindful of your mental state and triggers…
  2. Reevaluate and articulate your goals and priority in life
  3. Clean up your mind and upgrade it, toward peak wellness
  4. Understand your infinite potential to adapt and morph
  5. Increase your wellness IQ, about nutrition and fitness
  6. And remember, Change from your center, not from the surface.

It’s up to you, thank you.