A lifestyle is just that: it is how you choose to live your life. Now, following a healthy lifestyle, can be plagued with decisions: “Should I eat that cheeseburger? Or, should I think twice, and reach for a healthier alternative?” Think about it this way: you are what you eat. Time and time again we have heard that saying; in fact, a majority of us grew up with it. It has been proven that food which are high in empty carbohydrates, such as: bread, soft drinks, alcohol, chips, can have a negative affect on your mind and body; ranging from: poor concentration, low energy levels; and not mention high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Who wants that? Eating right, however, can drastically change your life for the better in just as many ways. And guess what? It’s not as difficult as you think.
One of the first things to consider when changing your diet, is to consult with you doctor. This is for many reasons: one, your doctor can help you determine your ideal weight and daily caloric intake using your: gender; age; and height; level of physical activity; and medical history.
Your health in number one. Don’t compromise your health. Dropping a drastic amount of weight in a short span of time can lead your body into starvation mode. This is when your body goes into shock, and begins to hold every ounce of fat to prepare for famine. We are trying to lose fat, not store it.
Now that you’ve consulted with your doctor, it is time to stock up your fridge with fruits, vegetables, protein, and good carbohydrates; which consist of wheat and grains. Complex carbohydrates, will provide you emery and keep you full throughout day; as opposed to empty carbohydrates which fuel your body for a short amount of time. Step two, is portion control. Try eating small portioned meals five times a day. By doing so, you’ll feel full. And what’s better, you will be full! Say goodbye to that growling stomach.
I cannot stress enough staying away from processed food. Your body is not meant to digest food that is high in fructose corn syrup, and doused with added sugar and salt, and not to mention: chemicals. Make sure to always read the label. It’s important to know what you are putting into your body.
Physical activity is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Try to exercise 3-4 times a week. When I say exercise, I’m not referring to becoming a gym rat. You can simply take a stroll around the block, or instead of making your way to the gas station for a carwash, try washing it yourself. A body in motion, tends to stay in motion.
Try to incorporate meditation into your life. Your brain processes thousands of things a day, and it needs time to recoup. High stress levels can contribute to weight gain; and meditation is an excellent way to reduce stress and unwind from the day. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body.
Don’t wait until tomorrow to change your lifestyle for the better! You can start this very minute. The choice is yours.