Optimum Fitness – The Delicate Balance Between Fitness and Nutrition

To achieve optimum fitness, there are two main things to consider: exercise and nutrition. Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand, without good nutrition you can not achieve the optimum fitness that you are aiming for.

What you put into your body as fuel is just as important as the effort you put in to your exercise plan to achieve the fitness level you desire. Good nutrition is a vital element in a healthy lifestyle and making the right food choices should become a natural thing for you to do.

However, your diet would be very different if you are embarking on a muscle building fitness plan than if you are aiming for a toned body whilst losing weight. For muscle building your diet would include lots of protein and a probable increase in calories of the right kind. For someone who is aiming for a lean, toned body your diet will, most likely, be more carbohydrates and reduce calories. So, when looking at fitness and nutrition, remember that you should consider your ultimate fitness aim before designing your diet. Different fitness goals require different diet plans.

Never, ever use a crash diet to lose weight fast. Not only is it counter productive, as your body will begin to store any extra fat that it can once you return to regular eating, plus a bit extra ‘just in case’, but it is dangerous to your health. You could become malnourished which would ultimately, affect your fitness. Malnutrition is not something that only happens in third world countries, it happens (to a lesser degree, obviously) to people who are on a restricted diet for whatever reason and fail to get the correct nutrients in their diet. So, when considering nutrition requirements to complement your fitness plan, make sure that your diet contains all the nutrients that are necessary for a healthy body.

Aiming for and achieving optimum fitness is impossible if you do not factor your diet into the equation. When you begin to plan your fitness routine, consider carefully what type of diet will help your to achieve your goal. Take expert advice if you are not sure about which types of foods to avoid and which types are essential for your body to function properly. Never guess if you are serious about your overall health.

The correct diet combined with the correct type of exercise plan will enhance the look of your body while at the same time, making sure that you stay healthy.

Restrict your fat and processed food intake, but make sure that you eat as many fresh, organic foods as you can. Have a look at the raw food diet; it is a great way to supply your body with the essential vitamins and minerals that are required to keep your body in tip top condition.

Fitness and nutrition must go hand in hand. That statement cannot be said often enough! Achieving optimum fitness would not be possible without correct nutrition. Conversely, correct nutrition alone will not achieve optimum health.

So these two subjects should always be considered together. In order to achieve the toned, healthy and fit body that you are searching for, you need to exercise regularly but you also need to know how and when to eat to help you to reach your goal. Here are a few suggestions to help you:

  • Eat at least five small meals a day. Your body will not experience hunger pangs nor will you get the mid afternoon slump when your blood sugar levels drop and you begin to feel tired. By eating small meals at regular intervals it also helps to raise your metabolism which, in the long term, will help your body shed that extra fat.
  • Don’t eat before bedtime. Your body will not be able to burn off the excess calories while you are sleeping so it will just get stored as fat. Try to leave at least four hours between your last meal and bedtime.
  • Drink as much water as you possibly can. Water is the most essential element in our body makeup. We could go weeks without food but only a few days without water before our body begins to shut down. Water helps to flush unwanted toxins from our body and helps to regulate body temperature. Always try to keep a bottle of water with you and drink as often as you can.
  • Always start your day with a good nutritious breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and skipping this meal will make you feel tired and listless as the morning goes on. Have some oatmeal or something that will release energy slowly throughout the morning.
  • Protein is an essential part of your diet. Protein is necessary for muscle repair and growth. So if you work out regularly, you should include lots of protein in your diet in the form of lean meat and fish.
  • Use a smaller dinner plate. This is an old but useful tip. If you always use a 12 inch dinner plate, buy a 9 inch one. You won’t notice that you aren’t eating as much. Eat slowly and chew your food well, it will give your body time to register when it beginning to feel full. Take notice of that feeling and stop eating.
  • Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol slows down the metabolism and makes you hungry – that’s why the drive-throughs stay open until the late night revelers have left the bars!

When you first embark on a fitness routine, always remember that nutrition plays a big part in achieving that perfectly toned body. Exercise alone will not be enough so you should try as best you can to combine regular effective exercise with good nutrition in order to get the best possible results

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Lose Pregnancy Weight: Fitness and Nutrition

A large number of moms hope to lose pregnancy weight. Now that you have gone through the happiness of a new child, it is time to direct your energy on burning off calories. Regaining your figure is typically quite a tough task for the majority of mothers. It is challenging enough to find the time, let alone be aware of how to go about doing this. If you want to be successful and lose pregnancy weight, your effort needs to be first and foremost directed around two factors: fitness and nutrition. By consuming foods with a purpose and in-taking the correct foods, as well as exercising efficiently, you can lose pregnancy weight.

Nutrition

First,you must eliminate in-taking any fatty, full of grease, or sugary foods to lose pregnancy weight. Each time you eat those foods, at this moment, you are one step back. What you should do is consistently eat healthy, foods with right nutrition. You must intake foods such as fruit, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole wheat bread etc to be successful. It is crucial for you to eat food at the least 5 times everyday, however not in vast servings; simply just the amount to fill you up. The majority of women right off the bat assume that you must decrease your calorie intake. However, this is a mistake. Decreasing calorie consumption does not help to increase your metabolism, and speeding up your metabolism is the way you will be successful. You must turn your body into a calorie-burning machine, and if you want to do this, the body needs to be often fueled. For this reason you need to make effort to intake food at least 5 times (3 meals, 2 snacks) only healthy and nutritious food.

Fitness

Your fitness is what will guide you to success. The nutrition strategies mentioned above will be mighty effective with a good training program to burn off calories. Unfortunately, a lot of women have it incorrect. They go through long, tedious exercises which don’t burn a lot of calories, and struggle to increase the rate of their metabolism. A good place to begin is by implementing interval cardio workouts. For instance, on a treadmill or cardio machine of your Performone minute interval variations of maximum intensity – light intensity. By mixing up your intensity level, you will reduce many calories, and lose pregnancy weight.

Fitness and Nutrition must be your major focus, and always keep in mind that your purpose is to vary your metabolism into a fat-burning monster so you can find success and lose pregnancy weight.

Rant – Move Over Dennis Miller – I’ve Got Some Things to Say About Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Time to get some things off my chest about health, fitness and nutrition. You may not agree with all (or any!) of these, but hopefully, they’ll make you think!

Rant #1 – Why Does Everything Makes Us Fat Or Causes Cancer?

It seems like we can’t eat or drink anything these days without being told it’ll make us fat or cause cancer.

We try to eat canned tuna to eat less fat and we get mercury poisoning. We eat fruit and vegetables for the vitamins and fiber and the pesticides give us tumors. We eat chicken and we get mad chicken disease and now farm-raised salmon will give you swine flu. Wine is either good or bad for you depending on whether you eat it with cheese or with crackers!

What ever happened to the good old days when we got fat from eating too much pie and we got sick from eating too much paint off the walls? Now I hear you can get cancer from worrying about getting cancer.

Rant #2 – Low-Carb Beer

Do beer companies seriously believe that they can get people to believe that they’re selling diet beer? With all their talk about who has 1 gram less carbs in a tablespoon than the other, they seem to forget that it’s actually the ALCOHOL in their product that makes you fat!

Not only does alcohol basically snuff out your fat-burning enzymes, it’s also preferentially stored as fat and seriously messes up your body’s production of muscle-building hormones such as testosterone.

I guess saying “low-carb” does sound better than saying “watered-down.” Next they’ll be adding caffeine and Gatorade to it and be calling it “high-performance beer.”

Rant #3 – “Nutrient of the Week” Bandwagon Marketing

Did you hear? Froot Loops are now healthy because they contain added calcium! They contain added calcium because someone decided to add a big bag of chalk to the sugary goop they make it out of. You can now feed it to your sugar-crazed A.D.D. kids with a clear conscience because it’s now healthy for them because it has CALCIUM.

I’m waiting for the day when a clever marketer takes a piece of plain blackboard chalk and sells it as a “Calcium Stir Stick” for your coffee.

I also just love it when a product that’s been around for 30 years suddenly proclaims it’s now “fat free” or “low-carb” even though it’s always been and everybody knows it. “Fat Free” or “Low-Carb” water is not the revolutionary product it’s made out to be.

But what really takes the cake are vitamin companies that proudly jump on the nutrient bandwagon crying “See! We’ve had it all along!” when their pills are so tightly compressed and unabsorbable you can still read the brand stamp on them when they come out the other end (I have it on good authority from a certain Port-o-Potty specialist I know)!

Rant #5 – Making Low-Carb Foods Out Of Foods That Shouldn’t Be Low-Carb

Orange juice just shouldn’t be low-carb. I don’t care what they say. If I want low-carb orange juice I’ll add my own water instead of paying the juice company to add it for me and charge me extra for the privilege. That’s all I have to say about that.

Rant #6 – Trying to Pass Unhealthy Foods Off As Healthy

Pork Rinds Lite – now with 25% less fat, sodium, cholesterol, lead and cyanide.

Even if you take some token percentage of the bad stuff out of a bad food, it’s still going to be a bad food. It’s like buying reduced fat lard – it’s still lard. It just has a nicer name now. Anyway, it’s so easy to reduce the fat in a serving by making the serving smaller, what’s the point? Who’s going to sit down and eat just 3 cheese doodles?

When I eat a food I know is bad, I know it’s bad but sometimes I’m just going to eat it anyway. I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to sue you for making unhealthy food. Nobody is putting a gun to my head to eat it. I don’t believe for a second that slightly reducing the “perceived naughtiness” of a food somehow now makes it “healthy.” So please don’t try and sugarcoat this delicious garbage unless it’s for flavor.

Rant #7 – The Amazing Diet Patch

The only way you’ll lose weight with the Diet Patch is if you put it over your mouth. ‘Nuff said.

Rant #8 – Expensive Urine and Other Supplement Bashing

There are doctors even to this day who believe that taking vitamins will only result in expensive urine. They believe that you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need in a balanced diet. Unfortunately, the only balanced diet some people get is when they’re trying to carry 3 dishes to the table in one hand.

Jumping straight to prescribing costly drugs to mask symptoms to people who are probably just desperately in need of basic nutrition is the epitome of expensive urine, in my opinion.

And then there’s creatine. You may remember the buzz a few years ago when some of the “don’t-confuse-us-with-the-facts” media jumped on a story about the deaths of some high school wrestlers. They were taking creatine to improve their performance so obviously it must have killed them. It certainly wasn’t because they were taking long steam baths in rubber suits and exercising intensely without drinking adequate water in order to desperately make weight for a wrestling meet. It must have been the horrible supplement that did it because nobody has ever died from catastrophic dehydration or heat stroke, right?

Let me clarify – there is nothing dangerous about creatine. It’s a natural substance already found in your body in quantity. It’s found in every piece of meat that you eat. The only way creatine could hurt you is if someone drops a bucket of it on your foot.

Supplements only seem to make the news when somebody has something bad to say about them, regardless of whether it’s true or not.