One easy step in achieving results and maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Eating right. How often have you left the gym happy with yourself, only to get home and you still look the same? Or, you have been on a workout regiment for weeks now, and you still have yet to see results? Frustrating isn’t it? Have you ever thought that maybe it’s not what you’re doing in the gym, rather, it’s what you’re doing away from the gym that could be holding you back? Are you looking to lose weight, tone your body, or bulk up? Start by making healthy choices with your diet. Think of it this way, by eating right and giving your body the proper nutrients it craves, you are doing it a favor. Your body is a machine and it needs fuel run properly.
- Keeping the body hydrated is very important. If a body is well-hydrated, it will function properly. Don’t drink when thirsty, this means the body is already dehydrated. Continuing to sip on your water bottle throughout the day will keep the body hydrated, and thus, have very beneficial effects. Skin elasticity, good liver function, proper brain function, lubricated joints, etc. Doctors say eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day will keep the body healthy.
- One of the most important things you could give your body is water. Mainly because it increases the body’s metabolic rate, while also keeping the body hydrated. The higher the metabolic rate, the more calories are burned at rest. As a result, the body is burning more unwanted fatty tissue during the day. Getting enough water daily is necessary to remain healthy. A popular thing among people seems to be bringing a water bottle to work to sip on. If you don’t have a water bottle, usually the local convenience store has a deal on 34-ounce bottles (2 for $3).
- Sports Drinks
- These are good to drink during or directly after an intense exercise, but beware of the amount of sugars also added to these drinks. Gatorade makes a pretty decent pre/during/post workout drink because of its electrolytes (basically sodium). For a healthier alternative to Gatorade, coconut water, is also considered a sports drink. Not many people can stomach the flavor, but the nutrients in coconut water are astounding. It’s important to get enough sodium and sugars back into the system after water loss from strenuous exercise. In the end, sports drinks have a high amount of sugar in them, so it’s best not to drink them unless your body is dehydrated or prepping for extreme workouts. In this case, coconut water might be the best alternative, if you can handle it.
- Carbonated Drinks
- Try to stay away from carbonated drinks as these will do more harm than good to your body. Most of these drinks are pretty high in acidity, so too much acid in the body could throw your system out of whack. In the end, the occasional carbonated drink is fine, but try to make a conscious effort to limit your intake of these drinks.
What type of dieting goal are you setting? You might be trying to maintain your weight, lose weight, or bulk up. Touching back on the body’s metabolic rate, it is also important to eat three well-rounded meals a day. In year’s past, most nutritionists suggested 5-7 small meals a day. This was supposed to keep the metabolic rate at a high level, but instead, eating in moderation and consuming the nutrients specific to your diet will yield better results.
- The Mayo Clinic Staff recommends a breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into your diet. While maintaining a low fat diet, the recommended breakdown for carbs, proteins, and fats would be roughly 60%, 25%, and 15%, respectively.
- If you’re looking for a calorie calculator, this is a great one! There is actually a goal-specific calorie calculator on this site, as well. A great tool to use for your body type!
If you’re looking for results, remember, it might not be what you’re doing in the gym. It’s likely that the decisions made away from the gym are holding you back from that body you have been working to achieve.