Everyone talks about diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, but are you making the changes necessary to live a healthy lifestyle?
Lets first start with maintaining a healthy weight. Healthy weight means different things to different people. Most people find the definition of healthy weight means when you are feeling great on the inside, some abide by BMI rules (body mass index), some feel healthy when they are down a pant size. We need to take a closer look at BMI(body mass Index), your weight, height, age, sex, muscle to fat ratio, and if you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. The BMI measurement is always a controversial subject, and while it is not a perfect tool, it is just a rule of thumb. Not all types of insurance are affected by the results of BMI measurements, but life and health insurance are.
The ways to prevent or reduce obesity are controversial. It used to be the belief that low-fat diet was the answer. There has been so many studies over the years, but no such diets have reduced body weight in trials. There are so many diets and lifestyle options now. Whether you are vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian, keto, paleo, dairy free, flexitarian, etc., the questions you must ask yourself is “Is this lifestyle making me feel good? Does it give me energy? Does it get me to my ideal weight? Does it make me feel good about myself? Is my blood pressure where it should be? Is my cholesterol at a good level?” If, as a whole what you are doing is working for you, keep it. It takes a long time to find what foods make you feel good and which ones don’t. The most important thing to remember is not to give up on the healthier lifestyle you have chosen.
To achieve the most optimal health, you should recognize that nutrition and physical activity plays an essential role in achieving the best results. Eating nutrient dense foods instead of high calorie processed foods, will give you more energy and help maintain your weight and/or aid in weight loss. We want to stay away from the over consumption of highly processed foods, sugars, and fats. The quality of food that you eat and the physical activities that you perform are key determinants of nutrition related chronic disease.
Do you remember when your mom would remind you to “Eat your veggies?” We hated it at the time, and some of you might still not like veggies, but Mom is right. Make sure that you are eating a well balance diet full of fruits, veggies, meats, and fish. Lets try and stay away from overly processed foods (ex: pre-made meals) and added sugars. Remember, living a healthier lifestyle is not a one size fits all approach. Find what works for you, have fun and stick with it.
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