One of my favorite movies of all time is Top Gun. Any opportunity for a Top Gun reference will be seized immediately.
The wonders of modern life are an ever-present temptation to write checks your body simply can’t cash.
A typical cheeseburger and small fries at the popular chain Five Guys weighs in at a whopping 1400 calories. Now if you are a 180lb male with under 10% body fat, that meal is less than half of your daily calorie expenditure. Is that you?
However if you’re a average size female and your primary goal is fat loss, then a burger and fries is more calories than your body can consume in an entire day. You can eat it, in fact you might not even feel too full afterwards, but you are writing a check your body can’t cash.
Guys, you’re not off the hook. Unless you’re the above-described specimen, the burger and fries are already 70% of your daily need. Is that all you’re eating?
The modern food industry has made it possible to consume more calories in one meal than your metabolism ever imagined possible. Not only can you do it once, but you can do it several times a day every single day. Sure, you can keep writing those checks and getting away with it, but at what cost?
More than likely you’re reading this blog post at work right now, sitting at your desk. More and more Americans spend the vast majority of their day at a desk. Sitting in a chair is one of the most unnatural things you can do to the human body. In fact, the amount of pressure on the disks in your spine is similar in a sitting position to the pressure while lifting something heavy off the floor.
If you are spending 8 hours a day sitting at a desk, 2 hours in the car, and 2 more hours on a couch watching TV you are simply writing a check your body can’t cash.
It is only a matter of time before you will run into back, hip, knee, ankle, heart or other problems. A body out of balance will break.
Keep this in mind next time you are eating in a way that doesn’t support you and your goals or skip the gym for the 3rd week in a row:
Are you writing checks your body can’t cash?