- Diet & Weight Loss
Why Fitness Isn't as Complicated as They Claim
Keep It Simple
Have you ever looked at your life and thought, "something here needs to change"?
For many people, this 'something' is their body. Whether it's losing or gaining weight, building muscle, or toning up for the summer, many people make a new years resolution to go to the gym, get on a diet, and meet those goals before summer.
But then they look around online to see how to go about it and are bombarded with complicated, dangerous, and sometimes contradicting information on what foods to eat, what workouts to do, when to eat, what to wear, and the list goes on and on.
It's not that complicated. Like, at all. In fact, 'fitness' is pretty simple. Ryan Nemeth, a fitness coach, put it quite nicely in his book, Hardbodies: How to Be One. To paraphrase, he basically said fitness is simple. It's walking your dog, eating food grown from the ground, or food that eats things grown from the ground, and that's it.
It's a great outlook on fitness and life in general.
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
The number one solution to anything and everything body and health is WATER. Hungry? Drink water. Tired? Drink more water. Want to lose weight? Drink more water. Bloating? Drink more water! It really is that important, and just that easy.
Your body is made up of mostly water. It is the magical substance that powers nearly every function in your body. Without it, you can die. Your cells need it, you digestion system needs it, so yes you need to drink it.
The recommended amount is usually said to be 8 glasses of water a day, or about 64 fl.oz. As with anything that applies to living beings, however, this varies depending on your body type and activity levels. Shoot for drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces a day, or more if you're highly active.
Keep it simple! Just drink a glass when you're thirsty, before and after you eat, and before bed. Boom! Easy.
Ah, everyone's favorite topic when it comes to food: portion control. There are so many tools out there to help measure out every last crumb to ensure you don't eat a calorie more than you need, but is that really so necessary?
Nope! Look, the key to portion control is eating until you are full and then stopping yourself. Everyone struggles with saying "I'm good." and setting the rest aside for later, but you'll definitely thank yourself for not gorging on that pasta.
Plus, if you save half, you'll have a little bit for later! It's a win-win!
Eat Less More Often
More rules on food? The first half of this section title might be unappealing to some, but rest assure food lovers, there is a silver lining.
In America, we eat two or three large meals a day on average, and there really isn't anything wrong with that.
Except, what about between those long hours between breakfast and lunch when you're dying for something to eat, or even worse, between yesterday's dinner and today's lunch? This is where overeating can strike.
Most fitness coaches can agree on one thing: eating more often, whether it be smaller meals every few hours or snacks between your main meals, is better than eating less food during main meals, or cutting meals.
Whether you want to gain or lose weight, shoot for more frequent, smaller, healthier meals rather than a tasteless salad or a jumbo steak. Start slow too, so your body has time to change with you.
Don't forget water!
Couch Potatoes Gotta Go
No matter who you are or what your goals are, you have to get off the couch. It's just a part of life. But you don't have to pop out squats or lunges all the time. Go for a walk, a jog, a skip, whatever makes you happy. Ride a bike maybe. Make it fun so you aren't spending the whole time thinking, "Gee, I would rather be watching television right now."
But if you want to watch tv, you could always do squats while watching your favorite show.
Get Real Results With Real Food
In this article about bad foods that many believe are good, it is mentioned over and over how real food is much better than anything else you could eat, even the packaged organic food.
Unlike packaged food, "real food", which is anything grown or butchered that you eat,doesn't contain preservatives to keep it fresh or dyes to give it a nice color so it will sell. These foods have vitamins, sugars, carbs, protein, minerals, and numerous other important nutrients that are often added to packaged foods since they don't naturally occur- if they are added at all.
If you want a happy healthy body, shoot for more real food than packaged, and always drink water!
Above All Else...Keep It Simple!
Being healthy doesn't have to cost you a mortgage and a car payment, and you don't have to even leave your house if you don't want to (though there are so many benefits from going outside if you can); just remember getting a healthy body is not some crazy art you have to pay someone to teach you, unless you're looking for seriously advanced results.
Keep it simple.
And Just in Case You Didn't Get it:
(DRINK MORE WATER)
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© 2017 Caitlyn Booth