Nutrition is the foundation of our health, weight, and well-being.
Between conflicting research studies and fad diets, trying to lose weight and get healthier can prove to be a daunting task. Each person is unique, as are your goals. However, there are general nutritional guidelines that the great majority of people would benefit from incorporating.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
The average American only eats breakfast three times a week. More than 10% of Americans skip breakfast altogether. The alternative isn’t much better; out of those who do actually eat breakfast, research has found that many people opt for sweets, which leaves them fatigued and in need of a boost much quicker than if they opted for a healthier breakfast.
Set yourself up for success by starting your day with proper nourishment to fuel your day mentally and physically. Incorporate healthy, protein-rich, unprocessed foods like eggs. Studies have found that people who eat protein-rich foods in the morning tend to have healthier bodyweight as well as improved appetite control throughout the day. Add in extra nutrition by making a veggie omelet or frittata.
Limit Sugar and Processed Foods
Sugar and refined carbohydrates not only contribute to weight gain, but may increase factors that lead to impaired functioning and disease, including heart disease, cognitive function, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, stress, inflammation, weakened immune system function, and certain types of cancer. It can also lead to nutrient deficiencies which can further impact health and functioning. Be sure to check nutrition labels for added sugars and chemicals, which can come in many different names. Err on the side of caution by sticking to ingredients you recognize, and building a strong nutritional foundation of real, whole foods. Prioritize lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables and limit sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed junk.
Plan Ahead & Don’t Shop Hungry
The biggest rule of food shopping is not to go to the story when you’re hungry. The second biggest rule is to go with a list. Plan out your meals for the week. This can help you stay on track with your goals, and make you feel less likely to cave in to unhealthy impulse buys. Another rule of thumb in the grocery store is to stick to the perimeter, which tends to house the meats, fruits, vegetables and dairy, while the inner aisles are home to much of the sugary, processed junk.
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