Airline pilots are pretty busy in the early and later stages of flight (ie. Takeoff and landing). The cruise part of the flight is where the workload starts to become a bit easier. In this stage we’re concentrated on monitoring our flight path, performance, looking out for weather ect. On long flights this leaves us with ample time to chat with the each other once our duties are completed. Not too long ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about health and fitness. Once he found out I lost 100 lbs, he immediately thought I must spend hours and hours in the gym all day everyday. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s lots of us that think like this. Many of us believe to be in shape you must have to kill yourself in the gym or run for hours on a treadmill like a hamster. Personally, I’ve always attributed most of my success in weigh loss and fitness to one simple thing:
Nutrition taking 80% of the credit. Exercise taking just 20% of the credit. Working out is the easy part. On average I go to the gym 4 days a week for an hour. Just about anybody can walk into a gym and start throwing some weights around. The majority of us aren’t too conscious about what we’re putting into our mouths though.
Quite frankly, the West is eating itself to death. Close to 70% of us are overweight and almost 33% are obese. These numbers keep growing. Depending on which study you read, it’s believed by the year 2050 close to 50% of American’s will be diabetic. That includes, male, female, teens, kids ect. Everywhere we turn we see fast food, quick fixes and sugary options. The emphasis nowadays is on making eating quicker and easier. Cooking a healthy meal nowadays has turned into a chore instead of a necessity.
No matter what todays latest self help guru tells us, there is no secret to loosing weight or getting in shape. The majority of our results will come from proper nutrition. When I was learning to fly my first jet I was having a bit of trouble learning the particular airplanes intricate, advanced flight computer. An old and experienced flight instructor told me:
“lookit, garbage in = garbage out. The computer will only do what you’re telling it to do. If you’re telling it to do something stupid it will.”
I like to think of our bodies as intricate and advanced flight computers like those found on modern airliners. If we’re putting garbage into our bodies we’re going to get garbage coming out. It won’t matter how much we exercise, our efforts will all be in vain.
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