Bo Noles, 59, found a new passion for fitness when he asked his daughter, Sydney, about her Paleo lifestyle. The passion came from extensive research, conversations with doctors and a better understanding of metabolic health.
“Once I started my research, I quickly realized that I was on the path to obesity, diabetes, painful joints, medications and more medications to address the side-effects of those pills,” he said. “So, the first thing I knew I had to do was begin an exercise program to jump-start my metabolic turnaround.”
Early a.m. workouts
Noles starts his day with a 5 a.m. workout at his home, targeting specific muscle groups to exhaustion. “That’s the way nature uses muscles, in groups,” he explained. “I do only one set of each exercise, but I do each one to the point of failure. That allows me to fully fatigue the muscle. I’ve learned it’s important to stress the muscles to the point of failure to get the most benefit.”
A healthy diet
He makes sure to eat healthy foods that are low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and healthy fats. He avoids flour, pasta, bread, sugar and processed foods.
“I love to eat,” he said. “I’m a foodie. I eat to control insulin and to eliminate inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of many chronic diseases. I don’t diet, however, there are many foods and food type products I don’t eat.”
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He said it wasn’t easy getting to the point where he is now. “When I started this new lifestyle, it took
a couple of weeks to break the sugar addiction and even longer to break the craving of wheat products such as breads,” he said. “After approximately three months I could completely ignore the pastries, candies, and other sweets brought into the company break room. In fact, anything with sugar is overly sweet to the point that I couldn’t eat it if I wanted too. That’s a good place to be. I don’t miss any of the foods on my ‘don’t eat’ list.”
The benefits of a healthy lifestyle
He said his lifestyle has given him added energy. “I have great mental clarity and sharpness, I sleep extremely well,” he said. “I have no aches and pains, no health issues and am not on any medications. It truly feels good to feel good.”
He said his goal is optimal metabolic health.
“I don’t want to be in my 70s and 80s complaining about all the medicines I take, or the aches and pain I am suffering, or being a burden on my family because of the food and lifestyle choices I made throughout my life,” he said.
His advice to others: “You can’t just exercise yourself to good health. See yourself in the future, health and fitness wise. Realize that the right foods and exercise are what it will take to get there. Keep reminding yourself that there are certain foods you don’t eat because they’re toxic to your health.”