Today’s post might piss off some of you. Before you go off just thinking, that James guy is a dick, let my words sink in. Im not here to put anyone down, I want to us all to be lifted up. Today I’m talking about weight loss and physical fitness. Especially since healthcare and the Obamacare tax is a hot topic these days. It’s been my main concern in prepping lately. I know many don’t see health and fitness as a prep, and they are dead wrong. Literally. Neglecting a huge facet of survival, one which many others rely on, could be the last mistake you make. Today I’m going to go over some reasons why you might want to shore up this hole in your plan and how to go about doing that.
Weight seems to be the elephant in the room of the survival community. It’s a huge issue holding us back and no one is talking about it. Spend some time watching YouTube and browsing the various survival blogs and you will find a large number of overweight folks. Many not just a few pounds over the ridiculous government BMI number but over 400 pounds big. Being seriously obese carries so many health issues that are detrimental to your Survival. After all the first rule of Survival is staying alive.
In normal everyday life things are much harder being overweight. Not being able to perform many physical activities is one. You can’t run as fast if at all. You are more likely to get hurt from having to carry the extra weight. Being obese comes with increased health risks as well. Diabetes is on the rise and being overweight usually leads to it. That’s during the good times, during a disaster things get a 1000% times worse. There is no insulin to go around when the shit hits the fan. Maybe you can walk with a pack just fine with the weight. What if you need to put on the speed and do some E&E to get away from some bad guys? No I don’t want to hear you’ll just shoot an entire army and get away. What about climbing over obstacles? All this get harder and harder.
Lighten The Load Get Fit
I get it I’m not seal fit and I was pretty overweight. I’m 70 pounds lighter and much more fit than I was. It didn’t happen overnight and was not a cake walk but I turned things around in 6 months. It doesn’t have to consume your every waking moment. I usually spend 3 hours a week in the gym and eat amazing food. Who would say I’m depriving myself on bacon? I’ve written about my methods for weight loss you can read about How I lost 20 pounds in a month. My recommended diet for those overweight is a Ketogenic low carb high fat diet. Nothing works faster or better. The hunger control and energy levels while on it are great for survival too. Being able to go 12 to 24 hours without eating nor getting “hangry” is an amazing tool. You can check out Jimmy Moores blog for more tips on it.
For me diet was only half the equation I needed to get some muscle and endurance. Being skinny wont save you from the zombies you need to be able to run and lift things. For me the answer was crossfit. For you find whatever works and gives you a full body workout. I’ve done those in the past and not got the results or community I get from Crossfit.
I don’t want anyone thinking I’m preaching to you here. Were all in this together and I’m pulling for all of you to make it. I had to look at myself and accept the truth that I would be screwed in a long Bug Out. I could not be blinded that I would be safe with my guns and food stores. If I wanted to survive I had to be fit for survival. I still have a ways to go, I’m about 15 pounds from my goal weight at this point, but I’m much closer than I was. Join me on this journey for a more complete survivability.
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