Strap yourselves in, I’m going off on one! 😉
On Wednesday, I gave you my top 3 reasons why exercise is so important for good health and as promised in that post, here are 3 reasons why paying attention to your diet is a good idea:
1. You are what you eat. (who remembers that programme!?) I’m not talking about that, but this statement shouldn’t be taken lightly. Let’s forget about the concept of losing weight for the time being. Every human body needs a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats to support and sustain good health. If you could see what goes on inside your body and the job these 3 macronutrients do every second, of every minute of every day, you would be amazed! These macros come in all shapes and sizes but they are essentially in all foods in one form or another, however, the quality of these macros aren’t all created equal and if you eat too much of the bad stuff day-in, day-out, you are going to do some serious damage to your body, and you’ll probably feel like crap too. A diet that contains too many processed foods that have essentially been stripped of their nutrients and are high in saturated fat and sugar will slowly clog up your arteries and can lead to coronary heart disease.
2. Micronutrients = Mighty Benefits. Let’s not forget about the little guys, micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need each and every day to help all the systems within the body function properly. We get an awful lot of these vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and vegetables, with each of them providing different micronutrients, hence why it’s a good idea to eat a variety of different colours, or, eat a rainbow! Thankfully scurvy doesn’t appear to make an appearance as much these days, but that was caused by a serious lack of vitamin C and this is just an example of how not getting enough of one micronutrient can play havoc with your health. So, eat your greens, and reds, yellows, oranges….I don’t need to go on here.
3. The 80:20 rule. You’ve heard it been said that “it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise” that will help you lose weight and that pretty much sums it up. If you want to lose weight, your nutrition will have the biggest grasp on the key to your success. Simply relying on exercise alone will get you nowhere, especially if you then use food as a reward after your gym session. Good nutrition that comprises of a healthy, balanced diet of all I’ve mentioned in parts 1 and 2 will put you on the right path to successful weight loss, however, it’s not quite as simple as just eating the good stuff, you still need to be aware of how MUCH food you actually need. Healthy food still contains calories, and eating too many calories, regardless of where they come from will result in weight gain if you don’t move enough to burn them off.
Saying all this, I’m not the food police, I bloody love a slab of cake every now and then, it makes me feel happy, so enjoy a little bit of what you fancy once in a while as this will help you to stay on the right track long-term. Ditching all the naughty treats will more than likely drive you to binge on them sooner or later, so enjoy them in moderation.
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