Exercise and Proper Diet
When people are working toward a weight loss goal, they often pair exercise with the proper diet plans. Studies have shown that some of these individuals may be overeating. Why? After an extensive workout, people tend to think that when exercise levels are increased, their eating levels also need to increase. However, exercise is not a "free for all" pass to eat whatever you like. To lose weight, the focal point should center on both proper diet and proper exercise.
What Is a Proper Diet?
A proper diet is one that is balanced and serves as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. A proper diet does not mean a "fad" or "craze" or "crash" diet, but one that allows your body the proper nutrients in the right sized portions. It could mean cutting out or replacing the foods that are bad for you. A balanced diet should consist of appropriate consumption of the basic food groups.
How to Avoid Overeating?
- Eat breakfast everyday
- Eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day
- Choose lower fat options
- Avoid hidden calories (beverages, salad dressings, etc.)
- Chew slowly and enjoy the meal
- Eat only sitting down
- Use smaller plates (equals smaller portions!)
What Is Physical Fitness?
Physical fitness is having the ability to do normal, everyday tasks with ease and robust energy and vigor. Physical fitness is your overall well-being after proper diet, exercise, and nutrition with focus on building strength, endurance, and flexibility.
There are 3 main types of physical exercises:
- Aerobic Exercise: Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart, works your muscles, and increases your breathing rate. Aerobic exercise could include walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, or biking.
- Strength Training/Weight Training: Strength training builds strong muscle and bone. Lifting weights at the home or gym is a good way to be active.
- Flexibility Exercises: Flexibility exercises keep you flexible and reduce injury during activities.
Any physical exercise that you can do will help, even if it means parking farther away in the parking lot or walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator at work. Working in the garden or any household chore will also burn calories.
- Have a support group
- Monitor you improvement
- Make sure you reward yourself
- Don't stop
Making healthy lifestyle changes can seem challenging, but every step taken is one towards your personal health and well-being. Invest in yourself and your future!