Monday, February 8, 2010

Your Horrible Diet!

For the past few years I've been getting a lot of questions from people regarding the easiest ways to clean up the daily diet. Let's touch on three reasons why the American diet will lead you to an early grave and how we can improve...

1.) Too many empty calories!
We pride ourselves in consuming large portioned meals from processed food sources. Not only our these manmade foods often high in calories, they also lack nutrients required for proper bodily function and sustained energy.

Solution...Stear clear from fast food, pastries, and excess alcohol consumption. Focus on incorporating high quality natural food sources such as fresh meats, fish, fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc. Eat less for taste and more for energy! Don't have enough time to prepare meals? Supplement with a high quality meal replacement shake.

2.) We need vitamins and minerals!
Steak and potatoes will only get you so far in your journey for optimal health. The majority of the US population consumes very little fruits and veggies, nowhere near the recommended amounts. Lack of color in the diet equals lack of vitamin and mineral consumption, which greatly increases our risk for disease and chronic illness.

Solution...For starters, if you know that you're not getting enough of the essentials, use a daily multivitamin and mineral to fulfill your bodily needs. Incorporate bright colored fruits and vegetables into each meal. Not only are fruits and veggies low in calories, they pack a powerful punch of essential nutrients, especially antioxidants for immunity.

3.) We need to eat more!
That's right, the "3 Meal a Day" plan has been proven to aid in obesity. Although convenient, only eating 3 meals a day usually leaves us starving. "Starvation" leads to overeating, overeating makes us fat! Makes sense, right?

Solution...Let's shoot for 4-6 smaller, equally spread out meals throughout the day. This concept often referred to as "grazing" will help us improve digestion and speed up metabolism. In simple terms, we will build more muscle and burn more fat. I mean that is the goal, right?

Fitness Anywhere: Make your body your machine.

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