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Monday, February 12, 2018

Get Fit Eating Healthy Not Restrictive - Day 43 New Year, New You

We have been taught to believe getting fit means going on a restrictive diet. These are most often quick fix food programs often restricting important nutrients your body needs. Welcome to Day 43, New Year, New You in 365 Days.

Eat Right Not Less

Getting fit the right way includes eating right not less. This means tossing your old unhealthy eating habits and consuming whole foods to improve your health and fitness. It will be helpful to refresh and read Day 6, Cleaning Up Your Nutrition for Results.

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

This is not the way to go 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 typically requires consuming more healthy or whole foods to support the demands of working out and general living. Whole foods are nutrient-dense and lower in calorie compared to processed food products. This means your body needs more of the good stuff throughout the day. This is quite the opposite of a diet, right? 

Eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods as described in Day 6 New Year, New You, and doing so consistently (80% of the time) will enable you to reach your fitness goals. It is also lifetime sustainable because it's not a diet but a healthy lifestyle.

As you work toward your journey of getting fit and healthy, resist the temptation of fad diet marketing and just eat right for your goals. 

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