Marketing for 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. We are in month 4 of New Year, New You in 365 Days. How are you doing?
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 are also important.
Eat Right Not Less
Getting fit the right way includes eating right not less. This means tossing your unhealthy eating habits and consuming whole foods to improve your health and fitness. It will be helpful to refresh and read the blog post on Cleaning Up Your Nutrition for Results.
Diets don't work and set you 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 you 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 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. It is a way of life promoting health and balance.
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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