By CHRIS FIELDS
Clarity is a basis of truth derived through understanding and evaluation. Here is an example in health terms: To maintain a balanced or healthy energy deficit and a healthy weight, we must eat in proportion to our activity levels.
This is an undeniable principle that’s applicable to the human body. This is something we all experience, but our experiences vary based on the physical and chemical makeup of the person and our actions. If we consume more energy (calories) than we expend (burn), we will gain weight. The more we continue to gain weight, we place ourselves at greater risk of developing a chronic preventable disease related to gradual excessive weight gain.
If we learn how to achieve a healthy energy balance, we can prevent unhealthy weight gain and preventable chronic disease related to gradual weight gain. If we learn how to create a positive/healthy energy deficit, we can lose unnecessary weight and reverse any signs and symptoms of a preventable chronic disease, and/or delay the onset of a preventable chronic disease.
Now it’s a matter of evaluating our experiences so we can formulate a truth applicable specifically to us in terms of how our body responds to energy conservation and expenditure. Here’s a simple truth to remember: The more we eat, the more energy we need to expend.
I know the next thought trend would be the less we eat, the less active we have to be, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Because our bodies store what we don’t use, and we have no way of knowing on a day-to-day basis how much is being stored and how much isn’t, the goal is to always be active, and we’ll let that serve as an operating principle. Energy demands vary from day to day, almost from hour to hour, and if we don’t work to balance those demands, it can cause adverse consequences.
God has set principles related to the human body, and they should serve as boundaries for us to live within. Once we begin operating within God’s principles, it’s up to us to evaluate our experience, and He enlightens our understanding, bringing us to a point of clarity. The goal is to be principled, and stack positive experiences based on those principles.
People choose all sorts of ways to derive a point of clarity. This causes unintended misinformation, leading to negative experiences. Always go with scientific evidence-based information, which is normally not found on social media but with your local health professionals. Health professionals have studied God’s creation enough to be licensed as health professionals, whether they claim Him as their God or not.
Chris Fields is the founder and executive director of H.E.A.L. Mississippi and a graduate in kinesiology with advance studies in nutrition. He serves as a clinical exercise physiologist/CPT and is credentialed in Exercise Is Medicine through American College of Sports Medicine.