Do you have a New Year’s resolution to get healthy? If you do, you’ve probably decided to go to to the gym to work on your fitness. Unfortunately, heading to the gym isn’t the only thing you need to do, lasting results come by going to the gym and eating right. Since March is National Nutrition Month, this week’s blog revolves around eating healthier and making that lifestyle change sustainable.
Fruits and Vegetables
When you’re looking to make a nutritional lifestyle change, the first thing you have to consider is the type of food you’re taking into your body. Instead of eating a ton of meat, we suggest you opt for a diet with more fruits and vegetables. Many people worry that they’re not going to be able to get enough food if they were to switch to a diet of more fruits and vegetables, but the reality is that you’ll probably eat more food after the switch.
Let’s face it, going cold turkey sucks. Going from eating whatever you want to cutting out all the “good” food can be a difficult thing for your body to process, so we recommend having a cheat meal. Treat yourself to some food that you really enjoy on occasion. As you give your body a taste of what you used to love eating, you’ll be able to not feel so bad about making healthier food choices during the week. In fact, as you continue eating healthy during the week, you may find that the food you wish to treat yourself with ends up not being as appealing the more you choose healthier options.
Watch the Quantity
Many people think that results come when you change what you eat, but often times, what you eat has a smaller impact on your body than how much you eat. When treating yourself, instead of giving into temptation and ordering five different meals, settle for 1 meal and substitute your soda for water. The idea behind this tip is that you want to strive for a caloric deficit. Be careful of how much you put into your body, and you’ll be able to see results in no time!
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