Along with eating healthy, exercise is an important part of losing weight and getting in shape. Some things to keep in mind when teaching yourself to eat healthy is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat for the first two weeks then slowly reintroduce them back into your diet. That’s all well and good, but what’s a carbohydrate?
Carbohydrates are an important source of food that provide us with the energy we need to get through our day. They quickly break down into simple sugars that fuel the muscles of the body and should burn up quickly when we ingest them. Herein lies the problem.
The problem with carbohydrates is that if you do not use them when you ingest them, they get stored almost as fast as fat for your body’s future use. Which means that when you eat carbohydrates like breads, cereals, rice, and potatoes and do not burn them off by exercising, you gain weight – that is, you get fat. Some fat is a good thing, but when you are not exercising on a regular basis, it seems as though you put on weight daily and soon you are obese and your health is at risk.
Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure that can lead to stroke and/or heart attack are the health risks associated with becoming obese. Most of these can be prevented when implementing an eating healthy exercise regimen you follow every day. Eating healthy does not mean that you no longer get to eat what tastes good. That is far from the truth. It also does not mean you need to start eating things like tofu or hummus. Some people like to eat those things and that is fine for them, but there are many ways to prepare your meals healthily and make them taste delicious too.
Making some simple changes in how you prepare your food can go a long way to eating healthy. Change the oil you use from vegetable oil to olive oil. Eat more fish and boneless, skinless chicken. Stop frying things or eating processed food. Think about this, when you go into the grocery store everything that is good for you is on the outskirts of the store, they put all the processed crap down the aisles and all the good, fresh stuff around the outside of the aisles.
Start shopping for fresh stuff. Yeah, I know that this probably means you will have to learn to cook and meals may take a little longer to prepare, but you will be healthier and you will lose weight. Find things that can go in the crock pot so they are ready for you when you get home or at least making it so you only have to prepare the side dish or salad.
Salads are a great way to eat fresh. And if you need a little hint on saving some carbohydrates with your salad dressing, replace your traditional fattening Ceasar salad with a mix of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This will save you enough calories that you would otherwise get from a Ceasar dressing.
If eating greens is not your thing, then try some lentils for salad. You can find a wholesome lentils in a jar with noodles here, which can replace your lunch – and it is healthy too!
Eating healthy, exercise and you too can live healthy, wise and wealthy. Well maybe not so wealthy, then again who knows.