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Why bother?

Every so often I'll get an email or read a forum posting on GI2MR that essentially asks, why bother?

Why bother eating healthy if someone like Michael Phelps eats 12,000 calories of junk a day and can still win eight gold medals.

Why bother when the BBC puts out a report that an elderly women in Japan, who's 101 years old and still very active, has smoked a cigarette a day and drank for the last 30 years.

My answer? Stop bothering.

If your lifestyle is a bother, why are you doing it in the first place? I don't know about you, but I enjoy eating and living the way that I do. It's fun, I feel amazing and I get results.

If you're not getting results or enjoying the process, I would seriously reconsider what you're up to.

Life is short and "killing yourself while trying to heal yourself", as Wolfe says, is not worth it.

And regarding the above situations, training and genetics will always play a major role in fitness and longevity. There will always be that one person here, or those two people there that are getting results that don't seem to make sense. In some cases those results will last and in other cases they will be temporary.

But while we're on the topic of results, let's not forget the results that most of America will experience from being normal:

  • 80,700,000 people in the United States have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases claimed 869,724 lives in 2004 (36.3 percent of all deaths or 1 of every 2.8 deaths) - American Heart Association
  • In 2008 about 565,650 Americans are expected to die of - American Cancer Society
  • That's 1,500 people a day dying from cancer
  • Over 225,000 people will die from medical error this year - American Medial Association
  • 1.07 Trillion Dollars a Year, the estimated cost of managing the reality that 1/4 of America will be living with more than one chronic disease in the year 2020. (SuperFoods Rx by Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthew)

Sometimes all it takes is a reminder.