Good Morning Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend. I am thankful to say that I am writing my blog post outside at one my favorite spots on the hiking trail. I have the perfect view of the hillside and river: it’s a scene right out of a movie. Needless to say it’s stunning in every possible way.
Today I wanted to write a health and fitness post on exercise and nutrition. Specifically, I wanted to stress the importance of a healthy diet, and how you cannot exercise your way out of poor nutrition.
Now, I will be the first to admit that I struggle with this problem more frequently than I’d like to admit. But, I have made it my mission to work on eating a more nutritious diet.
Normally, my mentality is that if I work hard at the gym, I should be fine eating myself into a carbohydrate-induced coma, but I have learned the hard way that that isn’t the case.
And, I’m here to tell you that you are destroying all of the hard work you put in at the gym to eat that extra plate of pasta at dinner, which is a hard concept to grasp, but let me break it down for you: YOU CANNOT EXERCISE YOUR WAY OUT OF A POOR DIET.
Hopefully that was a little bit of a wake-up call for you. But, if you still plan to skip on vital nutrients for your body, you will see your progress slow down significantly.
But, I have a few tips that might help if you find that you are struggling with this problem. And, they are simple fixes that will get you back on track.
1. Write down everything you eat: The best way to check your progress regarding nutrition is to keep a food diary and track every bite of food that you take throughout the day. This is a great way to stay on track because you might not realize how often you snack during the day, and keeping a diary can be an eye-opening experience for those who have never done it before.
2. Plan your meals in advanced for the day or week: Another great way to stay on track with meals is to plan your day’s worth of meals when you first get up in the morning. Not only is this a great way to save time for you during the day, but you will also know exactly what you’re going to eat throughout the day. By doing this, you will be more apt to stay on track with eating a healthy diet.
3. Allow yourself a cheat MEAL, not a cheat DAY: I know this is definitely more difficult than it seems. But, I promise that you will thank me at some point if you do follow through with this tip. If you give yourself an entire day to eat anything you want, that WILL do significant damage to your progress. And, more likely than not, you will have more cheat days than good days during the month. Sooner or later, you will be right back where you started. Most people don’t realize that they only need to have that one bite of a burger to feel satisfied, instead of having five burgers throughout the day. So, I recommend one cheat meal per week. This way, you don’t feel deprived, but you still stay on track with your progress.
4. Eat smaller meals more frequently: I’m sure everyone and their mother have heard of this trick before. But, before you skim over this tip…just hear me out. Having smaller meals more frequently not only helps because you’re more aware of what you’re eating, but also you won’t feel the need to eat anything unhealthy because you will be full longer during the day. So, before passing up on this tip, just give it a try because you might be surprised.
5. Give in to cravings every now and then: Don’t worry guys, I’m not here to make you feel miserable about staying fit and eating healthy. It is okay to give into cravings. Believe me, I am a firm believer that chocolate is good for the soul. So, by all means, if you need a chocolate fix: GO FOR IT! Especially, if you know that you’re working hard toward your goals. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself. But, don’t let it get out of hand. It’s important to not lose control.
I hope this helped anyone who struggles with the same problem I have. If anyone is interested in seeing more health and fitness posts on my blog, let me know in the comments below! I hope you all enjoy the start of your week and I’ll talk to you all soon.