The food that you eat is one of the most important parts in becoming fit. The duo of eating a healthy balanced diet, combined with regular exercise is essential in maintaining and reaching your fitness goals. Fuelling your body with energy and the nutrition that it needs so that you can workout, while being mentally and physically charged.
Focus on a healthy diet as one of your primary fitness goals, this will help it become part of your lifestyle. Like any goal, consistently working towards it creates healthy habits in the long term.
Wholesome, healthy food not only fills you with prolonged energy, but can assist with weight management, mood regulation and improved sleep.
If you struggle to eat healthy, start with first implementing small changes:
- Eat more natural food! Increase the unrefined, unprocessed foods that you eat. Try to cut back to the natural forms; fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. Packaged and pre-made food have so many added sugars, salts and preservatives to make them last longer and ‘taste good’. But these are the factors that make them terrible for your health and your fitness. Likely even the reason as to why you are struggling to lose that extra weight and hit your goals, Even why you feel exhausted before you have even began working out!
- Have no bad food in the house to tempt you! Just don’t buy unhealthy snacks or sugary and salty food in the first place. Although in saying this we can highly recommend a healthy but delicious energy protein bar that tastes just as you would expect in cookies and cream ice cream!
- Cook your own healthy meals! That way, you know EXACTLY what is going into your body. Even if you want a burger, homemade are far better for you than a fast food one. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or bland. Here are some healthy recipes to create your own incredible, healthy meals from!
- Meal Prep! If time is a struggle, meal prepping healthy meals is a fantastic way to prevent yourself from just ordering take out after a long day at work. Cooking a week of wholesome dinners on a Sunday, so that you have no pressure during the week.
- Variety! Try to balance each meal with diversity, for example vegetables for nutrients, potatoes (carbohydrates) for energy, and chicken for Protein.
- See a Nutritionist! If you struggle to plan eating healthy, a nutritionist can be a great help with giving you meal plans specialised to you and your requirements. Professionals help can create ease, support and guidance.
Remember, small changes are more effective than making no changes at all!
In the end we are all individuals and our bodies digest and react to foods differently. Whether you are a best eater, vegetarian, vegan or have food intolerances, your dietary needs are unique to you. That means that you cannot copy another persons diet and training expecting the same results. This would be like reading a text book and expecting to retain the same information as another person. Find what works for you, your needs and your body.
Make healthy choices easy so you have no excuses! Health doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be hard.
A healthy outside, starts from the inside.Robert Urich
Check out our last blog post for a step by step guide on how to create the best fitness plan for you!