As you approach your New Year’s resolutions and your health and fitness goals, it’s probably safe to say you’re looking at your diet and wondering how to give your entire lifestyle an overhaul. The goal to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables is at the top of many lists, and a lot of people are eyeing kale while wondering just how beneficial it might be.
The holiday season is the absolute worst for sticking to a diet. Cookies, cakes, candies – they’re everywhere, and they’re convenient. The good news is that there are things you can do to plan for healthier eating throughout the entire season.
The concept of a healthy lifestyle extends to more than just a good fitness regimen that incorporates both weight training and cardiovascular exercise. It also includes diet, which for the purposes of this article means the types of food habitually eaten rather than a calorie-restrictive plan aimed at weight loss.
One thing fitness experts agree on is the need to change up your routine from time to time. That’s because doing different exercises and eating different foods not only keeps things fresh and exciting, but also challenges your body, boosts your motivation, and helps you power through periodic plateaus.
A few months ago we used this space to talk about some of the most common nutrition myths found on diet and fitness sites across the Internet. As noted at the time, we were merely touching the tip of the iceberg with the misconceptions we chose to focus on in that piece, so we’re going to continue busting even more myths for you right now.
At first glance, the average supermarket seems like a great place to find healthy, diet-friendly foods. After all, virtually every shelf is filled with low-fat, reduced sugar, and half-calorie alternatives to everything from milk and cheese to pizza, granola bars, and peanut butter. But a closer look at nutrition labels paints a much different picture than you might expect. Consider the following scenarios where ''healthy” might not actually mean healthy:
Eating clean is a catchphrase that frequently pops up whenever diet and fitness topics are being discussed. It refers to a general approach to healthful eating in which natural foods are consistently chosen over manufactured or processed options. Although specific meal plans are left up to each individual, there are some basic rules to clean eating that should be followed.
Running into a weight loss wall is a frustrating yet all too common problem encountered by dieters everywhere. In most cases, the cause of the stalled progress is obvious: you've been skipping the gym or giving in to far too many unhealthy food cravings throughout the day. Those issues are easy to diagnose and fix, as long as you're willing to submit to an honest assessment of your actions.