Exercise is an important part of getting in shape, but the truth is, if you’re not following a healthy diet, you’ll be missing a very important piece of the puzzle. So, to help you with this particular aspect of healthy living, I put together this list of nutrition tips. Check ’em out!
Healthy Eating Guidelines
2. Only eat when you’re hungry. Listen to your body and learn to decipher between cravings and true hunger.) This also includes learning to not overeat by stopping when you’re full. This can be accomplished by eating more slowly, drinking plenty of water with your meal, and training yourself to eat mindfully and intuitively.
3. Cut out refined carbohydrates as much as possible. (White bread, white rice, white pasta, etc.). These things don’t have to be totally off limits, but the more you can cut them out, the better.
4. Cut back on added sugar. (Limit the intake of soda, candy, sweetened beverages and desserts.)
5. Snack healthy! Keep the unhealthy snacks out of your pantry and fridge and for ideas on what to replace them with, check out some of my favorites.
- Healthy Snacks For On The Go
- Hungry Runner’s Favorite Healthy Snacks
- Healthy Snacks For Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth
6. Cut out all processed foods. You want to be eating more “real food” and less food that is packaged and processed with tons of crazy ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. For more info on this, check out 100 Days of Real Food’s “14 Steps to Cut Out Processed Foods.”
7. Drink lots ofwater, and drink more if you’re exercising! Buy a reusable water bottle and start carrying it everywhere you go!
8. Always measure your food and be sure to control your portions. Check out Fit Sugar’s “Everything You Need to Know About Portion Control.”
9. Never completely restrict yourself from the foods that you love! NASM Elite Trainer Ann Prokenpek says:
One of my personal rules in weight loss is to not completely eliminate foods I like but are not necessarily good for me. If you deprive yourself of your favorite foods, it may lead to binging on that food somewhere down the line, and can destroy your best attempts at weight loss. Instead, be sure to eat healthy foods that are packed full of nutrition, but lower in calories. Then, when you want to have that cookie or whatever your “not so good for you” food is, have a small portion after you have filled up on the healthier, low calorie foods.
10. If you’re really exercising a lot (e.g., 5 or more days a week) consider adding some supplements to your diet. I love adding protein powder to my smoothies or oatmeal after my workouts in the morning and I usually have green juice as an extra serving of veggies with my lunch. To learn more about how and why I use supplements, click here.