There’s a distinct difference between a program like Total Body Reboot and (pick any diet here). Total Body Reboot is a systematic, holistic approach to lifestyle design. It’s not just about weight loss or getting “beach ready” and it’s not just about being healthy and living longer. It’s so much deeper than all of that.
The proof is not in the pudding, it’s in the paradigm shifts. These important shifts in thinking are what all Rebooters inevitably experience. Maybe not always during the 6 month program, but certainly as they enter the crazy world on their own after completing the program and work to find their way. The shifts represent key landmarks on the way to that new lifestyle they’re designing.
The shifts are so important I’ve decided to document them here. And it’s possible the list will grow — these are just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I’ll be asking my clients for suggestions on any landmark shifts they’ve experienced as well.
My body is not a math equation, it’s a chemistry experiment.
The calories-in, calories-out dogma is what causes 90% of people to fail. It treats everyone like a math equation and belittles them for “having no discipline” and “being lazy” when they fail.
Rebooters see the body as a chemistry experiment. They understand that different types of calories cause different interactions with their hormones. It’s not the number of calories they’re eating, it’s the kind of calories they’re eating. By fueling their body with the right foods, rebooters heal their busted metabolisms, lose weight, and effortlessly keep it off.
Having a functional metabolism and proper satiety signaling — in other words, getting the chemistry right — automatically controls calories.
“Performance” has real world implications.
The word “performance” is typically associated with athletes. This causes most people to dismiss the notion of performing better (because most people aren’t athletes). Whenever performance is concerned, the general public turns their ears off.
Rebooters see the real world implications of performance. You may not be an athlete, but chances are you’re interested in being able to play more with your children, lift groceries without pain, tackle flights of stairs without stopping to rest, and so on.
When we talk about performance in Reboot, this is what we’re talking about — the ability to perform daily tasks better, easier, safer, and pain-free. Rebooters have the capacity to link what they eat with how they perform.
“Diet” is the sum of what I eat, it’s not a temporary program.
“Going on a diet” is a ubiquitous statement. It’s been redefined by the health and fitness industry to mean, “a temporary weight loss program.”
Rebooters don’t diet, they have a diet (as in the actual definition of diet). And that diet is a permanent lifestyle consisting of eating real food that regulates our hormone function, reduces inflammation, bolsters our immune system, and that is low in toxins.
Consequently, even if you’re following the conventional wisdom of cutting calories, avoiding fat, and exercising more — e.g. dieting — you still have a “diet” of something. That something is all that matters, the rest is just a distraction.
The goal is not just to live longer, it’s to live better.
When you tell someone they need to eat healthier so they’ll live longer or not get cancer, they nod their head and think, “God, another health nut.” While living longer is a benefit of rebooting your body, it’s not what we’re concerned about.
Rebooters will take living longer, but what we’re really after is living better. We understand how food impacts us today and how it will impact us tomorrow. We’re tired of dealing with completely avoidable, annoying issues like stomach distress, eczema, joint pain, metabolic dysfunction, high stress, systemic inflammation, poor energy levels, and so on.
We rebooted because we were tired of being fat and unhappy. We hated how we couldn’t do things our body was designed to do. We were disgusted with how we looked in the mirror and how we felt.
Food and lifestyle can make you feel horrible today or amazing today and that’s why we stick to the plan — so we can stick to our new body and our new mind (which we like much better than the old us).
Lastly, when we ARE old, we want to live better in terms of independence and mobility. Sure, “we’re all going to die someday,” but don’t you want to be a functional human being during those end years rather than bed ridden, in diapers, guessing what your first name is?
You don’t lose weight to get healthy, you get healthy to lose weight.
Another ubiquitous mindset is that in order to be healthy we have to lose weight. If that’s your focus, you’re doomed to failure.
The truth is that when you make the decision to get healthy and you start eating the right foods as a lifestyle, you’ll lose weight and keep it off effortlessly. Weight loss is a side effect of getting healthy, not the other way around.
That only makes sense considering that you got fat because your lifestyle was unhealthy. And just as if you wouldn’t try to use exercise to burn off a pack of cigarrettes, you can’t use exercise to counter an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.
Change the food you eat and you’ll change your life. Period.
That’s not food.
The overweight and unhealthy population thinks that if your body can eat something without dying right there on the spot that it’s food. All day long, they consume food product after food product — hyper-palatable and highly addicting concoctions heavily marketed to them by the agricultural industry.
The main ingredients in these food products are all things the body is not designed to consume and process. In fact, our immune system and hormones are called on to attack many of the ingredients in these foods and we suffer for it.
The mainstream asks, “do you want some?” The Rebooter replies, “no, that’s not food.”
We don’t turn things down because “we’re on a diet”, we turn things down because they’re truly not edible. And we hate how they make us feel, how they hinder our performance, and how they make us fat and sick. We’re in touch with ourselves enough to know that you can’t win unless you’re right within — and that starts with what we eat.
Training is for athletes. Exercise is for dieters. I practice functional movements to feel and perform better.
To be healthy, increase quality of life, and perform well, Rebooters don’t have to “train” or “exercise.” Those things are reserved for athletes and dieters.
The reason being that I’m not sure if I can sustain “training” and “exercising” as a lifestyle. I can do those things occasionally, perhaps even somewhat consistently, but only when I choose and simply for fun. In other words, I’m under no pressure.
And that’s the key. Designing a lifestyle is all about what we can actually do for our entire lives. Therefore, Rebooters make a ritual out of doing functional things human beings are designed to do: We walk, sprint, lift heavy things, swim, and climb.
None of those things are training or exercice, they’re just functional movements. They just happen to have the side effect of keeping us in great shape and — the key word — able to perform well.
We live life, trying our damnedest to not get caught up in the mainstream mantra of “sit more, play less, love stress.”
I wouldn’t describe my diet as restrictive, I’d describe it as liberating.
My lifestyle doesn’t keep me from eating the foods I love, it keeps me from eating the foods that don’t love me.
It’s really this simple: learn what breaks your body and don’t eat it.
The hard part is fighting off the addiction to the stuff that breaks your body — the food products that companies designed to get you hooked on. And the secondary hard part is avoiding the food products broken people will try to feed you day in and day out.
But once you have it all figured out, it doesn’t feel restrictive. Once your body heals, you’re not fat anymore, you perform well, and you feel better you see that it was the broken food products you were addicted to that were restricting you from living an optimal life.
You can liberate yourself from the oppression of poor foods and go from “I can’t have cake” to “I don’t enjoy eating wheat fluff filled with addictive corn sweeteners and chemically processed fats smeared with sugar paste because it’s going to make me fat and feel like shit.”
Oh, and when you realize the myriad of real food choices available and give your body time to shift how your brain processes flavor profiles, poor food will actually start to taste disgusting and real food will taste amazing.
Have you made big changes in what you’re eating? Have you had any paradigm shifts that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
Kevin Geary is the founder of RebootedBody.com and a respected expert on cravings, eating psychology, and long-term habit change. He’s helped tens of thousands of men and women in over 35 countries around the world through his online academy and now offers all of his signature programs through a “pay what you want” model.