Most people have hectic lives and very little free time. This is why trying to work in a daily fitness regime can be hard enough without trying to figure out what the proper diet should be for the best results.
However, whether you like to hear it or not, 80% of what you get out of a daily workout routine is directly tied into what type of nutrition you get on a regular basis.
Thus, diet cannot be ignored, and diets can be tough, so instead of trying out a fad diet you may find it easier to study the following tips that will help you achieve better nutrition and maximum results.
First off, you need to get used to reading the labels of every item of food that you purchase at the grocery store. Simply comparing brands or food items may help you make better choices and leave harmful choices behind.
To help you out, as a general guideline the shorter the ingredient list the healthier the product probably is for you.
While reading these labels, keep in mind that a healthy diet does not include high amounts of sugar. This is because sugar causes the body to release insulin and insulin is very often converted to fat in the body. Thus the more sugar you eat the higher the chances that you will gain weight.
Also, sugar often actually causes hunger pains and food cravings, so the more excess sugar you eat; the more likely you are to eat even more. This is a cycle you do not want to start.
On the other hand, you do want to look for labels on food that have a sizable amount of healthy fats in them. While most people assume that fat is always bad, healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados, or cold pressed oils can actually help you trim weight and feel fuller. So, watch your labels to make sure you include at least 20% of healthy fats into your calorie count.
Now that you have heard the good news, here are a few more items to avoid that you most likely already know but don’t want to hear: cut the soda and white flour. Yes soda is yummy, but it is also full of unneeded sugars and is the most abused source of empty calories.
Water will hydrate you and quench your thirst without adding to your calorie count, so place the soda back on the shelf and move on. White flour is also tasty and usually much cheaper than wheat bread, but it is also pretty devoid of any nutritional value and loses most of the natural nutrients of bread products, so always choose the closest wheat varieties you can find.