The most common fitness advice given today is: Eat right and exercise. But what are the specifics? I’m fairly certain that most people would agree that eating right and exercising is good advice, but few would agree on the best plan. So what does it mean to eat right? We all seem to have our own definition, and the experts have done well at over-complicating it.
Before we set out to perfect our eating habits, it would probably be wise to see what we are eating now or else how will we know what to change? We are lucky to live in a world where information is so readily available. You can look up nutritional values for every food imaginable. Use this information to figure out what you’re eating everyday and write it down in a food log. Ask yourself these questions:
If you want to eat right, you must first honestly assess how you’re existing eating habits are. There is so much dietary information out there that it’s very easy to become apathetic towards the whole diet issue and not truly track what we eat. If you want to see if you’re in a healthy weight range, look up your ideal weight range or measure your body fat. These numbers can be a much better gauge of whether you have good health habits or whether you need to change your eating and fitness habits.
Obesity has been used as a gauge for longevity for years. It’s the research of life insurance companies that produced ideal weight charts. And if we want to lose weight and live a longer and healthier life, we need to eat right. When it comes to eating right, the amount of information out there can be nauseating. If you want to see a simpler approach that’s easy to understand, check out the USDA’s revised guidance, My Plate, which replaces the Food Pyramid. Because our eating habits have been formed gradually over years of family, work place and society influence, we need to take time to gradually change them. When we try to change them drastically overnight through a crash diet, we usually set ourselves up for failure. If you want to start eating right, here are some tips to help you ease into it:
So if you’re setting out to eat right, take a moment to see what your habits are now and what you intend them to be for the foreseeable future. And if you want to have your cake and eat it to…see what a little exercise can do for you!