"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.
I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.
"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler
It’s no secret that there’s a direct connection between diet and health. Not only does your body run on the fuel you give it, to a large degree your body is the fuel you give it. But these facts don’t make it any easier to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, as evidenced by the $64 billion weight loss industry in the US.
Here are seven simple ideas for managing your health, fitness and diet:
1. Set Reasonable and Attainable Goals
You can’t climb Mt. Everest on your first day of hiking. So set an achievable goal and be sure to give yourself a big high-five when you achieve it. Then fix your sites on the next reasonable goal.
Fit-Bit: Be realistic in your objectives.
2. Record And Review Your Progress
Keep a log of what you eat (there’s more than one app for that) as well as your fitness program (more apps). When you know you’re logging what you eat, you’re more likely to lose weight, while seeing those fitness graphs and sharing them on your favorite Social Networks is great reinforcement. (My mom told me years ago about this one and of course I denied it’s wealth to your health. When I saw the light and started to do this, amazingly my diet improved and of course my weight dropped.)
Fit-Bit: Track it.
3. Keep healthy foods in the house. In other words ditch the chips and cookies.
If you are what you eat then, in fact, you are what’s in your pantry. So don’t stock junk food at home. If your family members or roommates want that kind of stuff, ask them to keep it out of site. When you’re hungry and there’s only healthy food around, that’s what you’ll eat. And on the flip side, take healthy snacks with you so that the “healthy pantry” goes wherever you go.
Fit-Bit: Keep the junk away and the healthy stuff at hand.
4. Eat a High Protein Breakfast Daily
Eating a high-protein breakfast which is nutritionally balanced will make you less likely to overindulge the rest of the day because you’ll feel less hungry.
Fit-Bit: Jump start your day with high protein. Continue that all day!
5. Start Your Diet And Workout Routine Simultaneously
That little voice in your head will tell you that you don’t want to take on too much at once. However, there is evidence that embarking on your healthy diet and new exercise regime together actually works in your favor in the long-term, with each working together to help build a better leaner body for you.
Fit-Bit: Eat right AND exercise together from Day one.
6. Supplement Your Hard Work Take a Fiber supplement two to three times a day.
Taking a fiber supplement will help you feel full longer and also help your intestinal health. There are many good ones out there! Follow the directions given by each supplement company.
Fit-Bit: Augment your diet by taking a fiber supplement two to three times a day.
7. Make It Sustainable
Your friend tells you how her new diet and swimming regimen has worked wonders, she’s lost 15 pounds in the last few months! Sounds great, but if you hate swimming that is not your ticket to health. Find a workout you enjoy so that you’ll keep it up over the long haul. Remember that exercise and diet have to become a habit. Once that happens, you will love working out and eating healthier. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat fun stuff, it just means you can’t eat the bad stuff every day or every meal. Try eating a “treat” like once every five meals. Then go seven meals, then nine, you get the idea. You could also have a cheat meal every two days then three days etc. Be creative.
Fit-Bit: Do what works for you in the long-run.
These Seven Tips really work for me. Try them and they might do the same for you:)
All The Best
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