Healthy Nutrition and Exercise
Dec 22nd, 2014 by

Healthy Nutrition and Exercise

What is Healthy Nutrition and Exercise?

Healthy nutrition and exercise are crucial to leading healthy lives and feeling your best at all times. It takes hard work and determination to continue this goal daily and work at keeping your body in the best shape possible. Some people think that nutrition or exercise are not for them. If you think that you do not have enough time for these things, then please think again. Nutrition and exercise are two very important concepts for everyone to understand.

First of all, nutrition is all about eating healthy and make the correct choices with your diet. It is important to eat a variety of foods packed with nutrients and vitamins for your overall health and well-being. I am sure that you have tried dieting before or may be in the middle of a long battle with staying healthy. Nutrition can be complex, but you can usually figure out for yourself if the foods that you are eating are good for you. When you decide to start eating healthier, it needs to begin with researching information on nutrition and the best food available for you. Everything that you eat gives your body fuel, and you want your body to run on the best fuel available.

Healthy Food Choices

Vegetables:

Avocados
Beets
Bell Peppers
Cabbage
Eggplant
Green Beans
Onions
Spinach
Squash
Tomatoes
Turnip Greens

Fruits:

Apples
Bananas
Figs
Grapefruit
Grapes
Oranges
Pineapples
Strawberries
Watermelon

Although nutrition is a big part of the picture, your time should also be filled with regular exercise. Healthy exercise is a big section of increased fitness. Exercise has been show to decrease depression. It also helps you feel better and reduces stress. I find that exercise keeps me going each day, and makes feel accomplished after each workout. Try to make a workout plan that fits your schedule and adapt it to meet your needs. All it takes is a willing mind and a goal to get moving. Remember that staying healthy with nutrition and exercise will always be beneficial to you. The more you are committed, the better results you will achieve. Being healthy is all about knowing your goals and meeting them with dedication and perseverence.

I am a leading enthusiast of health and different ways that people can mold their everyday lives to increase their nutrition and exercise. I love to find healthy foods to eat and experiment with new kinds of health information. I am also an avid runner, and it is my favorite form of exercise.

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Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Apr 24th, 2014 by

Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Today's question comes from a reader who has started on the road to fitness, by employing a number of different strategies to make it happen. So far, he is down 12 pounds, which is a fine start.

He is exercising a minimum of five days a week and tries to do something every day. This is perfectly fine, so long as you don't do something strenuous every day. Many people walk every day, for instance, and don't even really consider that part of their exercise program. They count what they do, other than walking, as exercise, like lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and so on.

He also has made significant changes in what he eats, eliminating almost all packaged food and going with protein, fruit and vegetables. He still eats a couple of Snickers bars and a bag of pork rinds a week, which isn't good for you, but let's remember that he has lost twelve pounds in five weeks.

He heard about what is called "intermittent fasting," and wanted to know if it's helpful, or harmful.

Now, before I tell you what I think, let me tell you that this is a very controversial idea in the fitness community, where the sentiment runs heavily against the idea. All the trainers, diet experts and nutritionists are heavily invested in regular meals, on some kind of schedule, and they have a whole laundry list of reasons why this approach won't work, or is harmful...and won't work.

They will tell you that you'll lose muscle tone, strength, energy... and that your body will go on the fritz quickly, which can only be remedied by eating the way they tell you.

By the way..."intermittent fasting" means that you abstain from food for one or two days a week. (So this definitely is not for everyone.)

So let's boil it down for Bubba.

Will it hurt you, or help you?

It certainly won't hurt you...provided that you're in pretty good shape...with no serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. You could probably do it, even with those problems, but you definitely need to see your doctor first and get the okay. (This is common sense, but....)

Will it help?

Last week, I talked about the first rule of weight loss, which simply put is: In order to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you are taking in at present. I used the 3000 calories a day figure, dropping the number to 2500, and multiplying out the number over a year.

So lets apply this to fasting, using one day a week. Let's assume you have already dropped your 3000 calories a day to 2500 calories a day and you've been doing this for a while...with no ill effects... and you're losing weight. Your net drop in calories is 3500 calories a week. Now with a fast (for 24 hours), you are dropping another 2500. That's upping the ante to 6000 calories a week. This certainly should speed up your weight loss, provided that you do not overcompensate when you break your fast (ie.,eating over 2500 calories).

Will you lose muscle tone? Will your energy level go down?

No. Tests have shown that none of the things the fitness community claims will happen...actually do happen. It's just another in the long list of "Gym myths," which are too numerous to count.

Dr. Bill is an orthopaedic surgeon and author. He recommends this pharmaceutical grade fish oil for more energy, reduced joint pain and increased heart health.

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