Friday, April 30, 2021

Achieving a Lean and Healthy Body is Possible for Everyone

There have been fitness misconceptions that special diets, gym memberships, and other expensive gimmicks are required to get fit and healthy. These beliefs are nothing but diet culture hype without scientific backing. 
The truth is achieving a lean and healthy body is possible for everyone without anything fancy.

What is Needed

Getting healthy and fit doesn't cost lots of money and gym memberships are not required. The only thing needed to reach your fitness goals is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. 

Living healthy means being consistent with eating right, regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, adequate sleep, and life balance.

Buying nutritious food is a great start in maintaining a healthy body. If you're consuming processed foods, lots of sugar, and saturated fats it will be time to change up your grocery list with healthier options.

Living a sedentary lifestyle absence of exercise also contributes to being unhealthy. If this sounds like you, it is time to implement a regular exercise program. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly.

Simplify the Process

We tend to complicate fitness and see it as a difficult process to achieve a lean and healthy body.

Honestly, it's as simple as eating nutritious food in appropriate amounts, exercise, and good rest. But many of us refuse to change this basic part of living. In order to change your body, it will require changing how you take care of your body.

As long as you are consistent with healthy habits, you will be healthy. I am referring to the majority of us not suffering from medical conditions out of our control.

Lean Up Naturally

You can lean up naturally by purchasing healthy foods and eating at home most of the time. Being in control of your food purchases enables you to know what you're eating. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the amount of money saved from not dining out.

Eating healthy 80 percent of the time will result in reduced body fat and being able to see muscle definition. If you are consuming alcohol, it is recommended to reduce or eliminate alcohol intake to see results even faster (according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), moderate drinking is considered up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men). Drinking plenty of water is also an important part of being a healthy person. 

No gym membership is required to get up and move that body. You can even start burning extra calories by taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes several times per week. Add in a few push-ups, squats, crunches, and stretching to create a home program to build muscle.

Achieving a lean and healthy body is not complicated or expensive. What it comes down to are your daily choices and actions that control what you look like inside and out. We all have the ability, but the choice is always up to each of us.

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  1. I'd really like to believe this! But having at one time weighing over 400 lbs. Even though I'm now 150 lbs lighter, eat healthy, workout 5 days a week I'll never shed the loose skin. The best, in my mind, I can hope for is just to look good in my clothes and I do according to my wife. But otherwise, I'm not sure I'll ever look lean unless I were to have surgery to remove the skin which I've opted not to.

    1. First - you are an inspiration and have implemented what it takes to get lean and healthy. Regardless of the loose skin, you have reduced body fat, leaner, and healthier overall. Removing loose skin surgically is a personal choice that comes with its own potential complications. And it sounds like you have made the best decision for yourself. That’s what is important. Keep being awesome and Stay Healthy.


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