What is your biggest challenge to having the look you want and feeling your best? Is it moving off the couch and getting exercise? That’s certainly a huge challenge. Is it healthy eating and good nutrition? That’s probably the biggest challenge faced by most people in the Western world. No matter how much you workout at the gym, if your diet isn’t healthy, you won’t get the results you want. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
Junk food is just empty calories.
Do you find yourself reaching for those candy bars and snacks at the checkout area of the grocery? Are fast food drive-throughs your answer to, “What’s for dinner?” You’re not doing yourself any service if you’re still eating unhealthy, even if you are working out. A meal of a big mac, medium coca cola and medium french fries contains 1080 calories. While it’s not the worst for you, it certainly wouldn’t be classified as healthy to consume daily. That 1080 calorie content is almost a full day’s worth of calories in one meal. You’d have to run about ten miles or jump rope at high intensity for about an hour and a half to burn off those calories.
You don’t get the nutrients you need to make your body strong.
It’s more than just calories that affect your body. Calories are a convenient way of counting energy units. If you don’t burn all the energy, you store it as fat. Junk food is called that because it contains empty calories. That means it doesn’t provide the nutrients your body needs to function properly. It can affect every part of your body and your life. What you eat has a big effect on not only how you feel, but also your mental and emotional functioning.
Eating healthy isn’t dieting.
Dieting is restrictive and leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. Eating healthy doesn’t. Oven baked chicken fajitas, sesame beef and broccoli, taco pie and chicken cordon bleu roll-ups with sides of vegetables, salad and fruit make a filling meal that tastes delicious, while also providing loads of nutrition and fewer calories. You’ll actually look forward to dinner and find this food is far more appealing to your taste buds.
- You’ll get faster results if you combine healthy eating with a program of exercise. However, you’ll still get results if you simply change your eating habits. You’ll also have more energy to workout.
- Studies show that what you eat affects your moods. Eating too many refined carbohydrates can rob you of nutrients like, zinc, B vitamins, iron, vitamin D, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids that can help keep yo positive and emotionally more stable.
- Your digestive bacteria control many of the functions of the body and even your moods. If you eat too much sugar or not enough fiber, it can destroy the beneficial bacteria and increase those that harm you.
- If you don’t think you have time to create healthy meals and aren’t sure where to start. We can offer knowledge or a meal prep service that makes healthy meals for you. With meal prep, you’ll learn what’s healthy when you eat.
For more information, contact us today at Thrive Fitness Atlanta