We all buy a gym membership with high hopes of finally getting into shape and getting that dream body. However, working out is only half of the recipe for a healthy and physically fit body. To truly see the results of your long hours in the gym, you need to follow up in the kitchen. They say that your body is built in the kitchen and that is nothing but the truth. We know everyone hates to hear that, but it’s the reality of the situation. While going to the gym will benefit you and will give you some results, the kitchen is where you will shed that extra fat. Eating healthy may turn some people off but it doesn’t have to. Once you find your groove, we promise that it will be easy to maintain eating healthy in the long run.
- Eat Fish More Often
Regardless of what kind of healthy eating plan you have come up with protein is going to play an important role in getting your goal body. Protein is usually found in peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, and fish; however, people tend to forget that fish is high in protein and a great alternative to some of the more common options. Eating a lot of protein can be hard for some, but adding fish into your diet as a staple food will dramatically increase the amount of protein you consume. This will make switching into a healthier lifestyle much easier and more adaptable. The most important part of switching up how you eat and what you eat is making it more of a lifestyle change rather than a diet, this way you will not burn out and fall victim to food binges.
- Reduce the Amount of Saturated Fat You Eat
There are two kinds of fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Both vary greatly when impacting your health making it critical you know how to spot the difference. Saturated fat is bad for you when eaten in excess and can cause high cholesterol while unsaturated fat can help you get your fat intake for the day without harming you in the process. While it is okay to occasionally eat saturated fats, it’s important to not consume them in high amounts. Some examples of saturated fats are cakes, biscuits, butter, and sausages. Unsaturated fats include avocados, oily fish, and vegetable oil.
- Add Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet
Eating tons of fruits and vegetables may sound like the obvious but many people do not realize exactly how much should be consumed. It is recommended that you eat 5 portions a day of fruits and vegetables combined. This is usually the harder part of eating healthy for many people but it’s not too bad when you get creative. You can get this serving in by blending up a smoothie, adding fruits on to your breakfast, and eating veggies for a snack with dips like hummus. We know these items are not typically thought of when we think of delicious food but over time, with some added creativity, we know you will grow to love them.
- Starchy Carbs
Too many times do our trainers get asked if eating carbs is no longer allowed when switching into a more healthy lifestyle. This question is part of the problem and is a big reason why many people fail at eating healthy. Carbohydrates are not the enemy here, you can still enjoy them but in moderation. In particular, starchy carbs are your friend. These carbs are your rice, bread, pasta, and cereals. The reason we tell everyone to continue to keep carbs in their diet is that carbs keep you full for hours and can be high in fiber, something your body needs to properly function.
- Do Not Purposefully Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s true. Not only does it start the day on a high note but it also is a good opportunity to get some low in fat food in. If you genuinely do not have an appetite then you do not need to force yourself to eat; however, it’s smart to make sure there are some snacks around if you are not going to be home and start to get hungry.
Eating healthy may sound difficult at first but we promise that once you get the swing of things it will come naturally to you. Healthy eating is all about experimenting and finding what does and doesn’t work for you. If you are considering changing up your diet then we recommend following these tips and trying out some fun recipes. You never know, you may find your new favorite dish. To learn more healthy eating tips, give us a call today at (602) 732-3001. Here at Youfit Phoenix, Arizona we are happy to help you!