Why Less Is Sometimes More

In our book, Clean Cuisine, Andy and I make it clear that fitness is a very large part of the overall health picture. However, we would never suggest that our readers start training for a marathon. For one, neither of us has run a marathon in our lives (we don’t ever plan on doing so either) and two, we are not convinced excessive amounts of hardcore exercise such as marathon running are optimal for overall health, much less for slowing the aging process.

We are absolutely positive a hardcore fitness program is not necessary for maintaining a healthy body weight and body fat percentage, reducing back pain, keeping your heart healthy, boosting mood, improving your cholesterol profile, reducing inflammation, and improving your metabolism either. You can certainly achieve all of these results and much more with our reasonable, doable, practical Full Fitness Fusion 30-minute solution.

Chemical reactions in your body that occur during and after extreme exercise regimens produce by-products and oxidative toxins that can damage DNA and accelerate aging. Eating a nutrient-, antioxidant- and phytonutrient-rich Clean Cuisine diet can help offset the oxidative damage created by exercise, but it cannot totally mitigate it.

And by the way, because exercise increases oxidative damage, athletes and die-hard exercise enthusiasts actually need to pay more attention to what they eat than the average person who engages in light to moderate exercise.

Most people think the more you exercise the more lenient you can be with your diet. Not true. The truth is, prolonged intense exercise dramatically increases the stress on your body and stress accelerates biological aging; if you don’t adequately nourish your body, especially with antioxidants and phytonutrients (not more animal protein), during periods of intense training you will see and feel yourself getting older, not younger.

In other words, if you happen to exercise 2 hours a day just because you love the endorphins,that still doesn’t give you the green light to eat a Big Mac! We can’t emphasize enough the more you exercise, the more attention you need to pay to eating Clean Cuisine and fueling your body with repairing antioxidants and phytonutrients.