This is a special guest post. Alex Jamal informs us on the connection between a balanced diet and fitness goals.The diet you are following will either make or break you!
A balanced diet will not only help you maintain a healthy body but also reflect positively on your daily performance.
Good Nutrition Is Essential For Everyone
Good nutrition is an important aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with
physical activity, your diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases and promote your overall health.
Whether you are an athlete, a regular gym goer, or a person who just likes to maintain a healthy body, having a well-rounded diet that fits your needs plays a major role in reaching your goals.
Many people find it hard to eat healthy and try to maintain a balance in their life,
especially with the fast pace life we live. The best advice I can give you is start with small steps.
Small changes lead to bigger ones that will have a positive impact on your diet and your own life.
Start by writing down everything you eat and drink on daily basis. Such a step is very important. Why?
Since your goal is to get healthier, after the day is done, sit for 5 minutes and scan your food journal. Look at what you ate today, hold yourself accountable if you ate some high-calorie or fast fried foods. It will all be highlighted in your journal so you can remember not to make such a mistake again.
Become More Conscious About Your Food
Another important step that many do not follow is reading food labels well. What do we mean by that?
Do not only read the kcal and then skip. Make sure you check the ingredients well; often times there are many preservatives that you do not want to put in
your body. Check the amount of sugar and sodium content, types of fat in the product. Pick the healthiest foods for you and your goal.
Think of your goals before you eat. Will that food help me get closer to my goal? Is that food needed in my diet?
Stick To Your Plan
Do not find an excuse or look for a justification for a cheat meal. Stick to your diet plan and stay in your lane. Often people ask their nutritionist or dietitian for the cheat meal before they get close to their goal. That is a wrong way of thinking. Such a diet is not sustainable long term and not healthy.
I am not a fan of the term "cheat meal" because a balanced diet will always provide you with what your body need and you won’t crave unneeded types of food. These can negatively affect your body and delay you from reaching your goal or even performing well at your training.
Fix the bad habits and replace them with good ones. Human beings live by habits. Look at your lifestyle and what led you to where you are. Try to identify the unhealthy habits, like sleeping late and eating processed foods. Change those habits to good ones that will put you on a path to live a healthy life style.
The Importance Of Protein
Always aim for high protein, you can live without carbohydrates but you can’t live
Common misinformation is people think protein is only for muscles and a lot of protein can have a bad effect on your health. That is not correct at all. In fact, any person, who is highly active on a daily basis will need more protein/amino acids to help their body recover and perform well.
The RDA for protein right now is low and does not help a normal person to stay at a decent body fat level. As for athletes you will definitely need to be on high protein.
The diet that you followi has a huge impact on your performance. Let us take an
example a boxer and a long distance runner. Those two athletes are high performance on a daily basis until the contest day comes. If they do not eat well, take the right supplements, sleep well to recover.
Now that you know how important is to follow a healthy diet. Start today and do not wait for signs from your body that you need to improve your health and wellbeing.
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