Nutrition, Diets and Fitness

The food you eat, the nutrients you supply to your body, any type of fitness and exercising activity you follow and any “diet” you may follow in an effort to lose weight are all important factors that influence your general well being. To function properly, your body needs certain important nutrients, namely carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins and minerals, among others. When your body has all these essential nutrients, you do not easily catch common viruses and diseases. If you do catch a flu or a cold, your body is able to recover quickly and naturally if you have been following a healthy diet that has all the important nutrients.

Your health is closely linked to your weight, and many overweight people tend to suffer from diseases, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others. Today, there are many types of “Diets” that claim that they can help people lose weight fast. Although there are a few effective and safe diets, many “diets” are not safe and they simply do not work. One of the main risks posed by these “diets” is that they teach people to eat more of certain foods and stop eating some foods. The fact is, your body needs all the different types of nutrients that are available in different types of food. For example, there are diets that teach dieters to avoid all carbohydrates, while some tell people to eat proteins only or vegetables only. This is often a cause for concern because by consuming one one type of food and avoiding another type, your are depriving your body of what it needs to function properly and remain healthy.

Fitness and all other types of exercises play an important role in helping people keep healthy. Any type of exercising burns some calories and can help you lose any excess weight you may have, and this will help you to avoid having heart diseases and other problems that are associated with being overweight. Many people today live very sedentary lifestyles, primarily due to busy work schedules, where people spend eight to ten hours everyday sitting in the office. Exercising does not mean that you have to join a gym. Walking round the block during your lunch break at work, walking your dog after work, doing some gardening, swimming, playing tennis or playing golf are all various ways through which you can get active. You just have to decide what you like as a form of exercise and try to do that several times per week.

Starving yourself by going on crash diets or starvation diets such as the “lemonade diet” or “cabbage soup diet” is not healthy and does not help you to lose weight. Some people even try to fast and don’t eat anything till they attain what they feel is an ideal weight loss. However, these are unhealthy ways of losing weight. In most cases, the weight that is shed off by not eating quickly comes back when you start eating.During such diets, you may feel very hungry and fatigued and you may even start eating more and eat unhealthy foods. This can never help you in losing weight. Every food has different kinds of nutrients, so it is necessary to provide your body with different kinds of foods. Before taking upon a diet, you may consult with your doctor to help you in choosing a healthy diet. Although many “diets” do not work and are not based on sound health principles, there are some popular diets that have helped people lose weight, and these include the Atkins diet, the Zone diet and the Mayo clinic diet.

The essential key to any diet is not only to just take up a low calorie or a low-carb diet but also eat protein and fiber rich food. Protein rich food will increase the metabolism of the body and fibre rich food will help you in having healthy bowel movements.

When you are feeding yourself with healthy food materials, you are not supposed to continue your old habits that are unhealthy to your body such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Instead you must drink at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday to increase your metabolism. Sleep is also of utmost importance. It gives your body much needed rest. Make sure you sleep for at least six to eight hours to make yourself feel alert and fresh throughout your day.

Every doctor will suggest that you exercise regularly in keeping step with the weight loss diet plan. Cardio vascular exercises are a must for losing weight as it increases the metabolism process of the body. Some of the easy exercises one can perform are brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling, dance and swimming.

By eating well through providing your body all the important nutrients and exercising regularly, you can achieve your optimum health. You can choose any type of fitness activity that you enjoy.

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