Friday, November 17, 2017

7 Criteria to plan your diet

Since I am an Instructor and my hair is grey, most assume I am wise and ask my advice on many subjects, even outside the ambit of KravMaga - It can range from career-choices, love life, ideal side-dish for brandy and so on. Since I am accommodative and like to hear my own voice, I squeeze my grey cells and spout wisdom unabashedly!
The One and Only Randy Glasbergen

Of late, after I lost lots of weight, many students ask about dieting. Since they come in all shapes and sizes it is obvious that a standardized diet plan wont fit everyone. So what is the criteria when deciding a diet plan?

Criteria 1 - What is your objective? 
Is it weight loss, weight gain, cosmetic body sculpting, build power, preparing for a competition? Be specific of your primary desire.

Criteria 2 - What is your current status?
Are you extremely obese, just over-weight, under-weight and so on? This is to indicate the time and effort needed to close the gap between your present and ideal.

Criteria 3 - Do you have any identified or suspected medical issue?
In case you are having other identified medical issues like diabetes, hyper-tension, thyroid etc. also get your Doctor's opinion. Without understanding the implications, changing diet drastically may induce new issues or aggravate existing problems.
Schwadron, Harley

Criteria 4 - What is your profile?
Sedentary life, Reasonably physically active, Highly strenuous and so on?

Criteria 5 - What is your age?
What works for a college student will not work for a 50+. So be realistic, otherwise you will end up in a worse state than you started.

Criteria 6 - What is your natural body type?
The 3 major body types are -
Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle.
Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat. Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells.
There are more complex body-types too.. So, factor in your natural body type while setting objectives

Maxine in Crabby Road by John M. Wagner
Criteria 7 - How much of your resources can you expend to meet your objectives?
Diet plans require commitment of Time, Effort and Money too. So, choose a diet plan which can be accommodated by your life style.

So, be reasonable and set realistic goals. Go gradual and do course-corrections by monitoring intermittent results. Be consistent and sustain your pace.
Don't go over-board in a burst of enthusiasm and end up in worse shape!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"I cant imagine me hitting anyone"

Yesterday a new lady student said " Till recently I couldn't imagine me hitting anyone. It took lots of incidents to push me to a decision and come to the KravMaga class."

I have heard this "I cant imagine me hitting anyone" before in corporate workshops for women and once even from an ace shuttle champ who was a tall and strong woman. I was surprised that someone so athletic and a role model for other women is allergic to physical violence.
For that matter, I have also across many men who abhor physical violence in spite of being quite aggressive in other spheres of life.

The common reasons given by them are like -
  • "From childhood, I was taught not to physically harm others."
  • " Physical violence is a crude way to address a problem- resorted by only those who dont have the brains to solve it."
  • "Violence is not a civilized way" 
Pacifists by Hawkins, Jonny

While we at KravMaga TamilNadu applaud this pacifistic outlook and acknowledge that world will
be a better place if there are more such sane ones around, reality gives us a rude wake-up call very often.

The guiding principle of KravMaga is "So that the good can do their work". In other words, if the GOOD dont know how to assert they have to be resigned to be ruled by the BAD.

The ability to do violence of the police is the deterrent to the criminal. If all the law-abiding folks are pacifists, no business can enjoy its profits and no woman can walk on the roads.

KravMaga SreeRam training TN police commandos
So, Learn to be assertive. Train to be firm.
Violence is not the ideal solution; but it is the final solution - when civilized options fail. 
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