Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fitness + Health

By Stephanie of Infinite Life Fitness

When it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals, working out is only HALF of the battle. The most important thing that you HAVE to change is your diet.

For instance…I had a friend who came to me for health and fitness advice. She was gaining weight BUT she was working out 4 to 5 days a week. For a whole week I told her to write down what she did for exercise and to keep a food log of everything that she ate during that week. I took a look at her workout routine and it was a high intensity workout routine which included lifting weights 3 days a week. I then took a look at her diet and that is when I knew what the problem was. She would have these amazing workouts but then go enjoy Philly cheese steak sandwiches and meat lover’s pizzas before and after her workouts.

You cannot expect to see positive health and fitness results if you continue to eat junk food, greasy food, or highly processed foods. I have tried altering the way the people I help think about eating healthier. Instead of using the phrase “you are on a diet”…I like to use “You are eating healthy”.

I DO NOT like the phrase “I am on a diet”. Eating healthy is a lifestyle…not a fad that you will do for a few weeks and then go back to eating all the crappy food you were eating before. There are TONS of healthy clean foods that taste just as good as the junk food you use to eat. You just have to find out what YOU like and stick to having them in your menu.

What is eating Healthy?

This is when you supplement your meals with natural foods. Foods that are not highly processed, low in fats and sugars, and optimal fuel for your body. These types of food include fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins. You can start to eat better by purchasing, cooking, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. You can cook meals with whole grains and lean meats. This will also include snacking on healthier meals and consuming MORE water during the day.

I assure you, your health and fitness goals with be so much easier if you decide to adopt a healthier menu than what most people tend to eat. It is OK to cheat and have your favorite piece of cake or other treats…but this should be done as little as possible (like once every 4 weeks!).

YES…this will be hard to do at first. But, if you stick to it, the easier it is to turn down those less healthy food options. To help you get in the habit of eating healthy, try not to keep “bad” food around you (in your kitchen, at your work, etc.). Try to keep only the healthy options you can eat around. When you go out to eat, make sure that the place you are eating has meal options that have fresh entrees.

If you need further help there is a great article here:

Also check out this site for some healthy/clean food options:

This is Stephanie coming to your from Infinite Life fitness. Please feel free to stop by my site http://infinitelifefitness.com for more health and fitness related tips.

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