Whether you’re trying to lose weight or live an active healthy life style, nutrition, vitamins, and exercise are vital to your health. We have become as a whole in the western culture, a couch potato, slow moving, over weight and flaccid society. Of course there will always be that smaller percentage of people who get it right and remain fit and healthy. The ones that get it right make a conscious effort with the proper diet and exercise. Congratulations if you’re in that category!
If you consider yourself, non active, take the first step, and make a decision to become healthy and fit. Once you have firmly made that decision you are on your way. Now take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and really look at it. Be honest with yourself about your eating habits and activity level.
You may want to start with a diet program; there are many popular programs out there. The Zone, the Blood Type Diet, Atkins, the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers and the list goes on. They all have had their share of successes so it is hard sometimes to know what to do. I can only say, do your homework. You will find the right one that works for you and you will be more likely to stick to it.
On the other hand, if you’re not into diet programs, and you just want to get into shape, exercise and the proper nutrition does work. Changing your diet (the food you consume, not a diet program) to eating healthy whole foods is a good way to start. It’ll not only help you lose weight and help you feel better, but it will enhance your quality of life. You’ll have more energy and life just feels better when you are healthy.
Eat raw fruits and vegetables as much as you can especially dark greens. Cooked veggies lose some of their nutrients so eating a salad every day would benefit you. Most of your vitamins and minerals are going to come from fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables. And try to stick to organic on this to avoid the pesticides and chemicals.
Cutting down to smaller portions can help tremendously. A great way to eat less food at one sitting is to drink a glass of water before you eat and then drink more water with your meal. Water takes up a lot of space in your stomach so you will feel full faster and water won’t give you any extra calories.
Find an exercise regimen that you like and will stick to. Pretty much any exercise program will help you lose weight if you stick with it. You will see on TV all the equipment people want to sell you but after watching for a bit you usually know what appeals to you or not. You may just want to pop in a video and exercise with that. If that doesn’t work, go out and play basketball or soccer, or go for a jog.
Some food is deficient in nutrients from growing in poor over used soil, so it might be a good idea to get some good vitamin supplements to assist in getting your daily requirements. Getting the proper vitamins and nutrients in food is the best, but that’s hard to do. If you’re struggling to come up with the proper regiment, find a qualified nutritionist to help. They will help you in selecting what’s best for you.
The proper nutrition, vitamins, and exercise are very important to maintaining a healthy body. The three go hand in hand, but it’s almost impossible to get the necessary vitamins and nutrients through food alone. I recommend that you take a daily vitamin supplement.