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Healthy eating plans should include fitness

Posted Apr 11 2010 9:00am


Healthy eating plans start with eating healthy foods, but that’s not all. If you want to take your healthy eating plans to optimal levels, you MUST include a fitness regime as part of your weekly plan.

If you’ve been a yo-yo dieter all of your life, it’s most likely because you never learned how to create a healthy eating plan and if you did have a plan, you most likely never stuck to it.

The same holds true to adding and keeping up with your fitness routine. Most people struggling to maintain a healthy weight have never been able to stick to a regular fitness regime and cite list of excuses to justify why squeezing fitness into their busy life is simply too challenging or impossible.

Fitness is not only a crucial part of any healthy eating plan, but it’s essential. The equation is quite simple: your goal should be to burn more calories than you take in.

Even if you stick to a 100% healthy eating plan, you are still consuming calories and you NEED to burn them off at some point.

I’m sure you’ve heard before that losing those extra pounds not only make you look and feel incredible, but dropping the weight will surely contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. People who are not overweight (aka they’ve mastered the art of keeping a healthy weight as they age) are less at risk for serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

>>> Pairing healthy eating plans with a fitness regime:

If you hate the gym or hate running, don’t beat yourself up and don’t for one second think there are no other alternatives.

When it comes to finding a fitness regime you’ll stick to for life, it’s a matter of finding something you’re passionate about.

It might be rock climbing, yoga, hockey, basketball, canoeing, cross country skiing, swimming, ballet, dancing, skating, fencing, trapeze, ballroom dancing or tennis. The list of fitness activities that will help you maintain a healthy weight is endless.

Now, even if you never intend on setting foot inside a gym for the rest of your life, do make sure that you include weight training at home because that’s such an important part of maintaining a healthy weight as you age. Weight training is doubly important for women because women lose muscle mass faster than men do as they age. Ladies, add weight training to increase your strength!

>>> Here are a few posts on weight training that will inspire you (don’t worry … you won’t get bulky):

* 10 reasons why I work out regularly

* Exercise equipment I cannot live without!

* Arm workout to eliminate arm fat!

* Women will get bulky if they lift weights?!?!

* Weight training is better than toning exercises for women!

* Fitness boxing for women interview

>>> One last word on pairing healthy eating plans with a fitness regime:

Diets that are too severe make you crave your favourite cheat foods even more so it’s harder to stick with them. The same principle applies to fitness regimes that are too intense at the early stages … you get so exhausted that these insanely intense workouts make you crave sitting on your sofa with your remote control an even more intense fantasy.

If you go for extremes too early you considerably increase your chances of dropping your fitness plan and your healthy eating plans.

>>> Here are two great solutions for healthy eating plans:

* Gourmet Nutrition : Dr. Berardi’s new cookbook for the fit food lover (I love this cookbook and I love the healthy recipes). You’ll find over 120 recipes! This beautifully photographed book is a MUST-HAVE (in my humble opinion) for anyone interested in eating body-friendly food. You’ll love the taste and you’ll love what it does for your body.

If you are ready to take things to another level, you can also take a look at Dr. John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition Program.

* Precision Nutrition System : The Precision Nutrition System is a complete nutrition program containing seven guidebooks, a gourmet cookbook, and access to member’s only resources. It’s everything you need to get into the shape of your life. From the strategies to the food!

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