With every new year, gym subscriptions and fitness routines flourish. It’s very common for people to decide to get fit, but after a few weeks, people often falter. Motivation fails, especially when it doesn’t seem as though your efforts are achieving much.
One of the mistakes that people make when trying to get fit is that they only focus on one thing. Yes, a well balanced and regular exercise routine are a huge part of improving your fitness, but there’s more to it than that. Your whole lifestyle needs to adjust, including your diet.
Food is Fuel
Well, food is a lot of things. It’s enjoyable, for started, and there is a cultural aspect to eating as a group. However, food is first and foremost, fuel for our bodies. Your body uses calories as fuel, which are found in every kind of food. But it isn’t as simple as simply eating the correct amount of calories.
About 45-65% of your calories should come from carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates, such as those found in whole grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables are best as they are digested more slowly. This fuels your body throughout the day, rather than in fits and starts. They will also have vitamins and minerals.
As well as carbohydrates, your fuel should be a well-balanced supply of protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. A healthy diet is vital for your general health and for your goal of getting fitter.
While it may be tempting to simply cut a load of calories to lose weight, this isn’t always the best way. If your diet leaves you feeling unless, then you aren’t getting enough calories. As you increase your activity levels, you need to eat enough to keep you going.
Calories are sometimes seen as the enemy to weight loss and fitness goals, but this is a fallacy. True, too many calories can lead to unwanted weight gain, while a calorie deficit diet will help you lose weight. However, you still need calories to keep you going.
If you’re trying to lose weight, then a general rule of thumb is aim for 1200-1500 calories per day for a women and between 1500-1800 calories per day for a man. However, this can change depending on your goals and your circumstances.
Planning Your Diet
Making sure that you eat the right amount of calories and the right kinds of food are necessary steps to maintaining a healthy diet that will assist with your exercise routine. However, it’s not always easy to manage, especially if you want to maintain your diet.
As with exercise, one issue with keeping a diet going is that motivation may fade. If your diet is too stringent, then it will sap the joy out of eating and you’ll be very tempted to give it up. However, a diet that is too relaxed won’t have the effect that you want.
Balance is key, with your routine and diet alike. This blog post can help you to plan a workout routine and an appropriate diet plan to go along with it.