Updated: Apr 14, 2019
Are you confused about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle?
Here’s a list of dos and don’ts that can help you on your healthy lifestyle journey.
1. Eat Clean.
Avoid fast food, fried foods, processed foods, soda, white sugar, white bread, white rice, white potato, white pasta, and alcohol. Prepare your own meals that way you know exactly what ingredients were used. Remember that a healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation but moderation. There should be no reason to eliminate certain foods from your diet to eat clean. Our motto 80% clean and 20% other.
2. Drink lots of plain water.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Do not add sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners have ingredients that are known to cause bloat. Limit your coffee intake to 2 cups per day.
3. Do not skip meals.
Your metabolism slows down and you tend to overeat when you skip meals. Eat small meals throughout the day.
4. Limit your simple carbohydrates.
Stick with mainly complex carbs (sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc. Google complex carbs), fruit and veggies. Veggies should dominate your plate.
5. Increase your protein.
Most people consume way too many carbohydrates and that's why we fee bloated and look puffy. So decrease your carbs and increase your protein intake. Protein is needed to maintain muscle, keeps you full longer, and it helps to burn fat. (Egg Whites, Skinless Chicken Breast or Skinless Chicken Thighs, Fish, Ground Turkey, Sliced Turkey Breast) We track our daily intake on using the smartphone app called myfitnesspal. Shoot for .70 times your weight. If you find yourself struggling to reach your goal check our eBook to see our grocery list and supplement choices.
Commit to a workout schedule you and stick to it. Start out with minimum of 30-45 mins 4-5 days per week if you are a beginner. You should find something you like and do it consistently. Don‘t be intimidated by the gym no one is there to judge you; we all have the same goal.
7. Incorporate strength training.
Women tend to shy away from the strength training (weights) but it is beneficial to burning fat. Hit the weights and hit them heavy. Strength training will change your body composition and give you that toned appearance.
8. Find a support group.
Find a workout partner for accountability and support. Weight Watchers, friend, or mate. While you have to make the decision to commit to a healthy lifestyle on your own some people need a strong support system to get started and stay consistent.
You will not see the changes overnight so your determination, consistency and hard work are what it will take. You get what you put into it. If you are giving it 50% effort that's all you will get in return.