Think of the human body as a machine that needs energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat; and, ideally, some of it has to be stored as fat for fuel. In order for this to happen, we need to exercise, so that our body increases the capacity to hold in more energy.
Here are some tips to help you maintain a good balance between your diet and your exercise program.
1. Take control over your diet
As we all know, exercise is wearying and, most of the times, people overestimate the amount of calories burnt during their workout. This leads them to overcompensate what they eat, ruining their body balance.
In order to check how many calories you are assuming, write down the foods you have every day, adding their specific calories. In this way, you are aware of everything you are eating!
For instance, an adult can lose 1-2 pounds per week by burning 500-800 calories each day.
“Most of the times, people overestimate the amount of calories burnt during their workout.”
2. Calories vs. Satiety
The famous phrase “quality over quantity” perfectly counts for a balanced diet. In fact, calorie guidelines are very important, but you have to focus on the quality of foods as well. Foods rich in nutrients and vitamins are handled differently by the body than those rich in sugar and carbohydrates.
It has been shown that both protein and fiber increase satiety. We are talking about fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and many more. Therefore, the key is to eat low energy foods that keep you full!
You may think that fat-free foods are low in calories, but this isn’t always true. Some of these foods compensate the loss of fat with extra sugars, so it’s safe to read their labels carefully.
“Calorie guidelines are very important, but you have to focus on the quality of foods as well.”
3. The importance of exercise
Exercise plays an important role when it comes to weight loss and overall health. Thankfully, there are many different types of exercise and you are free to choose the one that fits your needs and abilities.
For instance, walking burns calories effectively and lowers your blood pressure. An adult walking at a moderate pace burns 120-140 calories per hour, because it’s an activity that involves all major muscle groups.
Keep in mind that the less sitting time, the better. This means that if you exercise for 2 hours in the morning, you should try to keep in movement for the rest of the day.
“The less sitting time, the better.”
Needless to say, it is necessary to exercise regularly to maintain your weight loss, otherwise you immediately gain all of it back, once you stop! Another perk of regular exercise is health: working out highly increases your physical and psychological strength. Therefore, the goal is to find an exercise that you truly enjoy, so that you can stick with it for a long time.
Remember that nutritional diets and exercise vary from person to person, as everyone has different needs and different metabolisms. A healthy lifestyle requires balance and self control!