Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Eat Right Not Less for The Body You Want

We have been taught to believe getting fit means going on a strict diet. Why?

Fad diets and quick-fix scams have caused consumers to believe unrealistic claims. Sadly, these fad diets restrict important nutrients your body needs.

There is nothing purchased in a bottle or package that is going to make you a fit person.

The way to a fit and healthy body is eating right most of the time combined with a regular exercise program. Getting plenty of rest and water intake is also important.

Eat Right Not Less

Getting fit the healthy way includes eating right not less. This means tossing your unhealthy eating habits and consuming nutritious foods to improve your health and fitness. 

Diets don't work and set us up for failure because they can't be sustained. Your body requires nutrients from all food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats). Many diets advise removing important carbohydrates, dairy, grains, legumes, and certain fats. Drastic methods such as this can leave you feeling tired, ill, and may potentially cause nutrient deficiencies.

Restrictive diets are not recommended for successful weight loss, lean mass gain, or health improvement.

What Your Body Needs

Your body needs energy and that comes from the food you eat. There is a difference between healthy and unhealthy food so eating right is important. Each macronutrient or food group (protein, carbohydrates, fats) supports optimal body function. Proteins help build and repair muscle, carbs provide energy, and healthy fats regulate hormones for example. 

Getting fit requires consuming more nutritious foods to support exercise demands and normal body functions. Whole foods are nutrient-dense and lower in calories compared to processed food products. This means your body needs more of the good stuff throughout the day and quite the opposite of a diet.

Eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods consistently (80% of the time) will enable you to reach your fitness goals and maintain a healthy body. It's sustainable because it's not a diet but a healthy lifestyle. 

As you work toward getting fit and healthy, resist the temptation of fad diets, and simply eat right for your goals. 

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