Do you really think adding meat into our diets is going to make a big difference? Meat is just protein with more fat. I’m mostly a vegetarian out of necessity. I live in a small city in China where meat is not only very expensive compared to alternative sources but not as convenient to buy and cook – I can’t just go to the store and buy a nicely prepackaged, boneless chicken breast like I used to in America, I have to go to an animal market and have someone butcher and clean the bird in front of me (or I can do it myself – less expensive but much messier). I can buy pork everywhere and anywhere, but that’s not the healthiest meat in the world. I can buy beef or mutton cut straight from a hanging carcass, but in addition to the high price of it, half of what I’m buying is pure fat. Otherwise, the most convenient and affordable protein options are eggs, tofu (regular or extra-firm), yogurt and milk, beans, nuts, seeds, and grain-based proteins (pure wheat gluten, or your regular noodles, breads, rice, oats, millet, wheatberries, buckwheat, barley). Surely we can do something with that, right?
– Live one day at a time and maximize that day. Focus on doing today’s work to the best of your capability, because that’s all you can do. Don’t think about the gym session tomorrow or the paper you have to hand-in in 2 weeks. Just do what needs to get done today as well as you can.
– Do your tasks in order of importance/urgency.
– If you worry a lot, occupy your day with stimulating work that takes your mind off the worries. In this case, he used two examples: 1) cleaning which is “automated work” is bad if you worry since it doesn’t stimulate you enough and 2) sales in a store where you’re on your feet all day and talking to customers is great since it’s stimulating work that takes your mind off everything else.
– Exercise daily and don’t overeat to keep stress down and stay fit.
– If you feel like you’re overworked and missing out, take out some hours each day to do activities you enjoy. Here he used an example of Rockerfeller who was rich his whole life but never went out and parties or to play and treated his workers like dogs. He was miserable most of the time and nobody liked to be around him. Later on he changed some of these things, but at that time he was already old.
– Give people sincere compliments whenever they deserve it, because that makes them smile and makes your day better. I did this to a young kid in my local grocery store who always gave a good service and cleaned up after me when I broke a lot of stuff because I hit some beer bottles by accident. I told him he gives exceptional service and that he would be a good sales man. He brightened up like I’ve never seen and thanked me like 5 times. Since then we always chat when I shop there.
Love the article. The question posed that led to this article sounds like me. I would have thought I was/am a skinny fat; however at 5’3″, 45 years old, 96-100lbs and 9-10% body fat, I think my issue is I, too, calorie deficit too much during the week, to make it all up over the weekend with the wrong choices in food. I lift weights 4 days a week, run 2-3 days a week for an hour. I think it’s time for me to HITT a little more and be done with it. keep up the great articles and I can’t wait until your book arrives! Perhaps it will break my fair of putting on that additional 10 lbs to look more defined and filled in.