Thursday, October 01, 2009

5 Healthy Nutritional Tips

It is something that we all struggle with, eating healthy. For many of us eating healthy is as tough as trying to understand quantum physics. Okay, so maybe it is not that hard, but for some reason most of us really struggle with trying to eat healthy. It could be because you have gotten lazy, or maybe you just can't stand cooking or can't cook, whatever it is we need to get it in our minds that having a healthy and balanced eating habit is possible. Everyone knows that eating out every day at fast food restaurants is not the way to maintain a fit figure. Despite this, it seems as if few people actually know how to eat properly. To help you get on the right track, here are five nutrition tips to take into consideration.

1. Eat complex carbohydrates
While complex carbohydrates are good for breakfast, you want to try to avoid simple carbohydrates at all cost. These kinds of carbohydrates are what you will find in refined sugar, honey and fruit juices. While you will get a quick high you will be let down just as fast. Instead, you want to get your carbs from brown rice, oats, barley and wild rice. Instead of eating white breads, try to resist and eat whole wheat instead, but beware of breads that just say wheat, it does not mean it is Whole wheat. Obviously, candy and ice cream all have simple carbs, so avoid those too. Remember, it is okay to reward yourself once in awhile.

2. Always eat breakfast
It is amazing how few people actually take the time to sit down and eat breakfast. You want to eat a healthy and nutritional breakfast each morning that includes complex carbohydrates and clean protein. Complex carbohydrates will help provide you with energy while the protein makes sure that the body has materials ready to rebuild tissues. I like to eat oatmeal, or a whole wheat english muffin with an egg, ham, and cheese. Which is a great source of complex carbs, protein, calcium, and vitamin b. I wash it all down with Fat free milk.

3. Do not run away from all fats
You would have never guessed that fats should be included in your diet, but dietary fats are something that should be in your diet. Eating the proper amount of fat will help increase your metabolic rate to help you actually burn fat. If you do not have fat in your diet to slow down the absorption of the sugar in your blood stream, blood sugar levels will rise quickly. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are a couple of fats that are good for you.

4. Get rid of excess fats
You probably knew it was coming, but there are some things you need to eliminate from your diet right from the start. You are going to want to eliminate excess fats, salt and sugar from your diet. Some of the things that are within these categories include soft drinks, cookies, chips and deep fried foods, even fatty meats. Meats that are good for you are Turkey, chicken, and lean beef.

5. Yes, you can eat 5-6 meals per day
Unlike the breakfast, lunch, dinner routine you have probably heard numerous times, you want to get in the habit of eating five to six meals per day. By eating smaller meals every few hours, your body can actually digest the food. In addition, the food will keep the blood sugar levels stable throughout the day thus controlling any cravings you may get. Eating 5 to 6 meals will not only help your craving but it will also help your metabolism from slowing down.

There are numerous things you can do to your diet to make sure you are eating healthy and staying fit. To help you maintain the figure you have always wanted while living a healthy lifestyle, take the eating tips listed in this article into consideration. These tip are also great for your P90x workout routine or your Chalean Extreme workout.

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