If I yelled, “Raise both hands if you want to look good naked,” this entire country would do a collective wave. Everyone wants to look good naked.
But somewhere along the way, we tell ourselves it’s genetics, or we’re big boned, or we’ll get to it later – tick-tock, the years go by. Then, one day, we don’t like the reflection in the mirror. Unfortunately, a lot us get it confused. We think we can live anyway we want – partying, smoking, not getting enough sleep, not dealing with stress, skipping meals, drinking sodas and juices, eating “fake food” and not exercising – then race to buy a fancy detox or fat burners in order to get that quick-fix that temporarily serves as a Band-Aid for our situation – if at all.
For 15 years now, I’ve modeled. I’ve battled with food for 12 of those years. I became a professional at skipping meals in the morning because of drinking too much the night before. I’d then got fast food late at night and top it off with ice cream. Or, if it was rainy out, I would just eat comfort food all day inside. After skipping meals, I would work out or run my ass off; thinking that was good enough, I’d go and do it all over again. My eating patterns have been both great and terrible.
Two important things ultimately changed my eating habits forever: my appearance and mood. I learned that as I aged, my eating habits and lifestyle were terrible, and so were my photos and my mood. I changed everything, and then, everything changed.
One of the issues I encountered was struggling to eat clean throughout the entire day, which would often turn out to be a long day of thinking: “I deserved a treat.” That mentality got me the same disappointing results year after year. Since I was tired of being disappointed in myself, that was the first mentality to go out the window.
I found a few pictures that motivated me, and I hung them inside pantry doors and on bathroom mirrors. Every single day, I watched a video by someone who was motivating. I cannot stress the importance of staying motivated – How do you expect to sail with no wind? Personally, I grew to enjoy watching the videos of monk-like bodybuilder Kai Greene. I connected with what he had to say, and it kept me focused. When I felt focused, I was able to complete actions that displayed focus. Next thing I knew, there were positive habits developing; habits that previously were the land of the unknown.
When we break down and eat something we shouldn’t, it’s like stubbing your toe in a race. So, keep running – don’t stop the race. Don’t binge the rest of the day. Make strong decisions, and soon, self-pride will help propel you.
Once I figured out that eating well meant feeling good and looking good, it was like leveling out the wings of a turbulent airplane. Finally, I stopped eating comfort “treat” foods and started eating for my body. Here’s the breakdown: I cut out dairy, soy, gluten, whole wheat, fast food, energy drinks, soda, fat burners, coffee creamers, candy, cakes, and ANYTHING PROCESSED. My mantra is, “Don’t eat food with ingredients.”
Hey men……a tip…… Blood flow is far more impressive to your extremities when your body is not full of toxins. You’ll notice a wonderful difference in the intimacy department. I also noticed blotchy skin and tiny spots on my face went away, tightening my skin and a summer-like glow. The dark circles that I thought were due to aging simply vanished.
I never thought I would actually crave fruits and veggies. The more I recognized that natural foods actually gave me sustained energy and increased my mood, I was hooked. I drink a green smoothie every morning, then 45 minutes later, enough oatmeal and eggs to fill me up (usually 1/2 cup unflavored oatmeal topped with local honey and 4 eggs). I rotate between turkey, chicken and fish as a protein, primarily fish. As a carb, I eat either brown rice or sweet potato, but you can also choose quinoa. Of course, I drink water and perhaps a cup or two of coffee. For essential fats, I eat an avocado almost every day and I cook with coconut oil. Almond butter and an Ezekiel bread sandwich with banana and local honey is a delicious favorite!
On a side note: Almond butter should be almonds and salt – not a list of things you can’t pronounce. Don’t Eat Food With Ingredients!!!!!
That list is the stuff that is doing terrible things to your body, and turns into cancer and fat – as well as increasing your cravings. All of it is addictive – that’s why I always say, “Go cold turkey.” Recovering drug addicts aren’t given drugs for a reason. Knuckle up for five solid days and bear witness to the amazingness that starts to become of your body, mood and health. Yes, it happens that quickly. Your gut bacteria changes within 24 hours. The sooner you change your diet the sooner you’ll feel better.
You know what makes you want to be naked more often? Looking better naked.
Switch your diet immediately from unhealthy processed foods and canned drinks to clean fruits and vegetables and will help you look better naked. Within 36 hours, you will notice a difference. But ONLY if you do everything right – You know that doughnut at lunch mixed with some extra cardio just won’t cut it.
The more comfortable you are naked, the better intimacy becomes. It’s all because you are comfortable in yourself and can let go. Throw in 40 minutes of mild to strenuous exercise 4-5 days of the week and you are set. Diet is truly 80% of the battle, and motivation is fuel for that battle. So, make the switch. Eat clean. Watch the weight fall off and a more youthful person emerge – you know the one that you thought was gone forever.
From swimming to running to bodybuilding Adam Gates has enjoyed a life of sports. After 15 years of modeling, he took a 3 year nutritional journey to the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. There, Adam founded the holistic and wellness blog NakedHealthy. NakedHealthy is a representation of everything clean living: clean foods, clean mind, clean spirit. To sum up the easiest way to live clean, Adam states, “Don’t eat foods with ingredients.”