Weight loss is challenging for anyone trying to drop even the smallest amount of weight. With food so readily available we have to burn thousands of calories during our 30 mins to an hour session at the gym. Working out without the results we want to see can be so discouraging. When we eat our regular salty foods made up of trans fat we find ourselves bloated and weighed down at the gym incapable of getting anything done. On top of that eating right can be expensive deterring anyone hard up for cash from choosing healthy foods over the trusty non-perishables. It’s easy to find an excuse to forgo good nutrition. If you accept these excuses as fact, you will never reach the weight loss goals you want to achieve. You may be wondering what life would be like if you changed your nutrition. The follow are some of the positive impacts good nutrition has on the mind, body, and spirit.
- 85% of fitness goals is nutrition – If you want to see results at the gym 85% of your efforts start in the kitchen. Fueling your body with the right nutrients determines its ability to maintain a high metabolic rate necessary to burn fat. Without proper nutrition you will build muscle working out but you won’t see the results through the excess body fat your body is storing.
- Boosts immune system – Are you frequently catching a cold or getting sick from the people around you? This could be due to a low immunity. Boosting your immune system with the right kinds of food is an important factor to staying healthy. Foods with high nutritional value such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains will keep you happy and healthy even through the flu season.
- Increases energy levels – Increased energy levels are one of the more immediate effects of changing to a healthy diet. Cutting out refined carbohydrates and processed sugars will help prevent crashes in your blood sugar levels. Examples of refined carbohydrates include sugar and white bread. Whereas an unprocessed carbohydrate would be whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables. Small frequent meals help you to retain energy and prevent spikes and drops in your blood sugar. Increased energy levels give you more to work with throughout the day making you the best version of yourself you can be.
- Reduces risk for diseases – Obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and an overall shorter lifespan. By incorporating foods with high nutritional value into your daily life the risk for disease exponentially decreases. As we decrease our risk for heart disease and diabetes we have more money in our pocket from taking initiative in our preventative care. This sets you up to have more quality time with the people you love in the long run.
Changing old habits can be difficult. We live in such a fast paced world it’s hard to slow down long enough to fill our bodies with the nutrition it needs. When you start to feel tempted to revert back to bad habits set an expectation to eat right 80% of the time and give yourself the freedom to cheat a bit the rest of the time. Make every calorie you consume count towards your goals so make it count even when nobody is watching.