As you go about your healthy lifestyle program, one thing that you must make sure that you're getting straight at all times is your nutrition. Some people just figure they can exercise more and not watch what they're eating, but if you do this, you're missing out on half the picture.
It's going to be very important that you are making sure that you eat healthy for a number of reasons, not only for body weight control but to ward off diseases, feel as energized as possible throughout the day, and combat disease.
Let's take a closer look into what you should know about good nutrition.
What Healthy Eating Means
First it's important that you come to learn what healthy eating means in itself. Healthy eating isn't going to one extreme, cutting out entire food groups, or slashing your calories dramatically. In fact, any food can be included on a healthy eating plan in moderation. Those who recognize this will tend to sustain a far better relationship with food overtime, enhancing their body weight management success.
Healthy eating is about learning to choose foods that are in their most natural state over those that are highly processed, taking in nutrients, minerals, fiber, and all the three macronutrients discussed below.
Healthy eating means that you are not just focused on your body weight but also on which foods offer the most benefits to your body when you consume them. You're focusing on choosing foods for both taste/pleasure as well as nutritional purposes, which allows you to feel satisfied and fulfilled on your meal plan.
The Three Main Nutrients
The three main nutrients that make up a diet protocol include your proteins, carbohydrates, and dietary fats.
Proteins will form the structural foundation upon which tissues are built and include foods like chicken, fish, lean beef, eggs, low fat dairy products, whey protein powder, as well as (in smaller amounts) nuts seeds, legumes, and lentils.
Carbohydrates come primarily from grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with legumes and lentils as well and will supply you with the energy you need to go about your day.
Finally, healthy fats are needed to maintain optimal hormonal levels, to reduce hunger levels, to support healthy brain development, and to help maintain the basic functions of the body. They're found in foods such as nuts, seeds, oils, fatty fish, dairy products, avocados, coconut, and butter.
The foods that you want to avoid as you make up your diet are processed meats and other high fat cuts of animal meats, processed and refined grains, along with saturated and trans fats (which come from hydrogenated vegetable oil).
Together these three nutrients will keep your body functioning and feeling at its best.
Body Weight Control
Finally, the last thing to know about nutrition is that it will be the main game player in establishing which direction your body weight goes. Those who are eating more calories than they burn off during the course of the day will see weight gain as their body has to store the excess being consumed.
Those who consume fewer calories than what their body burns off will see weight loss taking place instead as their body will tap into stored body fat stores for energy purposes.
Maintaining a careful balance of your energy coming in with energy going out is the secret to body weight control, not special food combinations, elaborate diet set-ups, or fancy supplements that promise to torch fat quickly. Use those and you're only being misled.
So keep these facts in mind when it comes to good nutrition and you can feel confident that you will eat well to both promote better health and manage your body weight.