Now I realize that a lot of my guys' argument comes from having actually read the comics, rather than just watched the movies. Whatever. Iron Man is the bomb. ;-)
Now, I'm not looking to start a comment war here about who's better, Superman or Iron Man (hello, I already have that debate going, and the answer is Iron Man. Lol). What I am doing, is sharing a little something my quirky brain latched on to.
Your metabolism is Tony Stark.
Oh yeah, I just went there. ;-)
Here's what I mean... Tony Stark - he's amazing, right? All those cool toys and tools transform him from a genius into the super hero Iron Man.
But what would happen (as my men like to ask) if he lost all his stuff? He'd still be brilliant - he'd still know how to do amazing things should the right equipment be available, but he'd just have to do the best he could with what he has... which is still a lot - he could do a ton of good in the world simply as a rich, influential, smart man - but he wouldn't be a super hero able to fly around rescuing folks and saving the world, would he?
Without the suit, he's just a man.
Now... give him back all his tools and remove distractions, and what happens? He builds Iron Man (and safety reigns throughout the land - oh, and there's eye candy, just sayin').
Stark's stuff is to Iron Man what nutrients are to your metabolism. Your metabolism is a freaking genius - it knows how to take pieces of this and that to create something useful, powerful, even. Given all the tools (nutrients) it needs, and no distractions (crazy fad diets, excessive cardio, etc), your metabolism will create a super hero - high energy, high immunity, strength, endurance, mental acuity, and so on. However, just like Tony Stark without his gadgets, minus those nutrients your metabolism is limited - it'll do the best it can with what it has. It might or might not be enough for good health. It might or might not leave you struggling with your weight, your energy, your mental and emotional well-being.
My website is packed full of the "how". Check out the Nutrition section, the One-Day Food Prep, the Sample Meal Plans... and the rest of the gazillion free resources available to you. For now, to put it simply.... this is what you do:
Reduce (and where you can, eliminate) chemicals and fillers in the diet. Reduce added sugar. Eliminate soda. Eliminate fast food. Eat whole foods as close to their natural state as possible. Get sufficient protein, carbohydrates and fat. Supplement your diet with the appropriate vitamins and minerals. MOVE! Be active - ditch the couch and tv. And finally, eat enough food to support your health and activity (or you'll turn into that silly Superman with his ridiculous kryptonite).
Now I'm not saying there's no room for balance here. Balance is important. Again, look at Tony Stark - saving the world isn't the only thing he does ;-) Treats can and should be enjoyed. Breaks from strenuous exercise should be employed. Extremism CAN hurt you. So yes - eat clean, eat enough, work hard, and have a life outside of the kitchen and gym.