6 Quick Tips For Healthy Nutrition
Nutrition is an aspect of Health and Fitness that is largely overlooked and misunderstood. In many cases individuals believe that just because they exercise regularly, they can eat whatever they want. What people fail to realise is that eating healthy and having sound nutrition can help you achieve your goals whether it be getting stronger, feeling better or losing fat. We as a society do not think twice about what we put in our mouths. Obesity is running rampant all over the world and even with such negative notoriety, people still seem to opt for the quick, easy and unhealthy choice. Featured below are 6 quick tips for healthy nutrition:
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
This means you should eat a mixture of carbs, protein and yes – FAT. My ideas on nutrition are those that portray balance. People love the quick fix, the wonder pill and the celebrity fad but these options are short lived. Eat some of everything. Include some healthy form of carbs, protein and fats in every meal. Balance is the key to everything.
2. Eliminate (or Lower) Processed Carbohydrates
We all know some carbs are good (like fruit and veg) and some are extremely bad for us. When talking about processed carbs I am referring to foods such as pasta, breads, crackers, cereals, fruit bars etc. Many of these foods you might have previously thought were “good” for you, and in some instances they can be, but it really depends on your situation. From a fat loss and health stand point processed carbs need to be eliminated or decreased.
3. Eat Vegetables and Fruit at Every Meal
You need to eat your veggies there is no way around it. Fruit and vegetables are nutrient dense, so not only are they essential in helping you fight off illness and disease, they are also a dieter’s best friend. If you are someone trying to lose body fat – eat your fruit and veg! There is so much variety to choose from even the pickiest eater should be able to find multiple options they enjoy. Also, the fact that you will hopefully be eating more protein (see point 6) the addition of fruit and veg balances out the acidity in your stomach creating a healthy environment on the inside.
4. Eat Breakfast
It amazes me that so many people do not eat breakfast. A good breakfast gets your day started in the right way. Having breakfast will fuel your body up for the long day ahead and give you the energy to do things efficiently. You will find that you will not get as irritable, stressed or tired compared to someone who skips breakfast. Skipping meals in general has also been shown to hinder weight loss. One of my favourite nutrient packed meals to start the day is to have some scrambled eggs or some oatmeal and fruit.
5. Drink Water and Eliminate Calorie Drinks
I have been carrying around a bottle of water since as far back as I can remember. I keep hydrated constantly because I know dehydration can affect my performance in many aspects of my life like training and work. It causes fatigue and can increase certain hormones that are responsible for breaking down muscle. Drink water and cut out the calorie rich drinks like soft drink and juice. Not only will you lose a tonne of weight but the other health benefits will be endless.
6. Eat Protein at Every Meal
The building blocks of protein are amino acids, which are what the body requires to build muscle. This should catch your attention if you are trying to lose fat, gain muscle or improve health. It’s important that when you decrease your body fat percentage that you are concurrently increasing your lean muscle. The addition of protein to your meals will hinder blood sugar spikes and the classic afternoon crash. Aim for a fist full of protein at the 3 main meals (breaky, lunch and dinner), then add smaller portions to other meals.
So there are my 6 Quick Tips For Healthy Nutrition. I know it can be a very daunting task to try and overthrow your nutrition in one go, I recommend taking it step by step. If you currently partake in some of the tips I mentioned then perfect, but if you don’t, start to incorporate these ideas one at a time.