Fitness expert Chris Guerrero shared the remarkable results of a study that found that for some people an incredible 70% of their daily energy is spent digesting food! The insanity of a poor diet and the damage it does to one’s body is beyond dispute. The energy drain that results is less known but just as important. You can find more of Guerrero’s resources at the Cleveland Library.
Any goal you want to reach will require massive amounts of energy to daily proceed at a high level of output. For the more than a quarter of Americans that eat fast food daily, their lack of energy is directly related to what they take into their bodies radically reducing their personal potential.
Here is a simple test success coach Joseph McClendon suggests, eat a banana. Now, try to eat a second banana. Most people will find this very uncomfortable. Why? The reason is a banana is dense with nutrients, and as soon as you take a bite of one censors in your brain immediately begin to register the nutritious value of the fruit and after a few bites becomes satiated.
Now consider, why can someone who is unable to two pieces of fruit able to eat three fast food hamburgers with a large order of fries and an extra-large soft drink followed by a dessert, all in one sitting? The reason is the food has almost zero nutritional value, so as you take bite after bite your brain is not registering anything of value entering your body so it allows you to keep eating while it searches for some thread of nutrient. The food has also been so altered that your brain’s natural shut off mechanism is simply ineffective.
The result? Sluggishness, obesity, and a body working overtime trying to digest food it was never meant to eat.
Want more energy, more passion, more you to show up in your relationships moment to moment? Pay very careful attention to what you are eating, eliminate fast food from your diet and begin to incorporate natural foods like fruit and vegetables. Not only do they give you available energy, they leave stores of energy in your system because you don’t have to work hard to digest them.
Let’s be honest, if you feel a lack of energy you will not feel motivated to move towards your goals. You will also be irritable around people you care about and unable to enjoy the activities you most want to participate in. This is all in addition to the potential illness you face both short and long term by poisoning your system with empty calories.
This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate every food that is a guilty pleasure, but it is essential to radically reduce your intake to maybe 5% of your diet. It really does come down to the old mantra, do you live to eat, or do you eat to live? You could also phrase this, do you eat food that drains you, or do you eat food that gives you energy.