Maintaining a state of optimal health is essential if you want to build a better body. If the natural balance of health within the body is thrown off, your fat loss efforts will suffer. Nutrition for fat loss, fitness, and health all go hand in hand.
It's impossible to look great when you feel awful if that makes any sense. But if you want to feel great you must keep your body healthy. In order to remain healthy you need to eat whole foods that are left in their natural unaltered state because they are pure, whole, and rich in nutrients. These nutrients will keep your body functioning at its peak, as well as keep you healthy and lean.
Good health is not a gift from above, but rather your chance to show your appreciation of life by doing everything in your power to sustain a high level of well being. Good health is earned and it is always worth working hard for.
There is nothing in life that is more valuable than good health, and there is no reason to go through life suffering with preventable disease and being overweight.
There is also no shortcut or cheap substitute for achieving good health, so if you have been neglecting your nutrition I have laid out a few simple guidelines/rules to follow that will help you create a new sense of well-being, boost your energy levels, and get your health back on track.
1 / Food Should Be Natural, Fresh, Pure, And Whole
Whole foods that are left in their natural, un-altered state are the highest in nutritional value. These foods will help you build a body that is healthy, strong, and fit.
2 / Maintain An 80% Alkaline And 20% Acid Ratio
Proteins and starches are acid, vegetables and fruits are alkaline. Just about all of the metabolic wastes of the body are acids so we need to eat alkaline forming foods like fruits and vegetables to neutralize these acid wastes. Acid wastes are especially dangerous because they are believed to cause a variety of health problems and chronic diseases.
3 / Be Active
Your body was designed to move around and be active so it is important that you challenge your muscles every day. If you do not have time to make it to the gym, just do a few push-ups at work or take a brisk 15 minute walk during the day. If you are sitting at home watching TV, why not jump rope or do some abdominal exercises instead of laying there collecting dust?
I like to think of my body as an expensive sports car and treat it as such. I don't put crap fuel in it, I always perform routine maintenance, and when I am not on the race track I take it around the block every so often to keep it running smoothly. Your body is the biggest "investment" that you have, so be sure to take care of it. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, try to always make the best use of them.
4 / Eliminate The Three Silent Killers
These are the top three foods to avoid if you ever want to be healthy and fit. Table salt can elevate blood pressure, increase your risk of stroke and harden the arteries. Too much table salt can also cause you to retain excess water and carry unwanted pounds. Be sure to only eat foods that contain the "organic" sodium that occurs naturally in them and avoid refined table salt at all costs.
Avoid all foods made with white flour and sugar and eat natural raw foods like fruits and vegetables instead. Natural foods in their raw form have the highest nutritional value of all foods and are chock full of the best vitamins, minerals, fiber, and live enzymes.
5 / Drink Plenty Of Water
Since our bodies are over 70% water, drinking water is essential for optimal health. Water helps prime the body for fat loss, as well as flush out harmful toxins. Not drinking enough can lead to a water imbalance in the body, which can increase your risk of disease. Be sure to drink between 64 and 128 ounces of water daily.
6 / Eat In Moderation
Eating the same foods in excess can cause nutritional deficiencies because this means that other foods are not used in sufficient variety in the diet. Many bodybuilders and amateur lifters are guilty of this and fall into the chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato every day trap.
In order to burn fat and remain healthy it is important to eat enough protein, carbohydrates, and fats daily. However, each macronutrient should be eaten in the correct amount at each meal. This prevents overeating and helps maintain a balanced combination of foods in the diet.
7 / Never Fry Foods Or Use Heated Oils To Cook Food
Foods that are cooked in oils and/or fried are cooked at high heat. This high heat food preparation process is dangerous because it lowers nutritional value and makes food almost impossible to digest. Cooking using heated oils and frying is also a contributing factor to heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol.
8 / Eat Plenty Of Fiber
If you wish to remain healthy, you cannot understate the importance of dietary fiber. Fiber improves digestion, keeps bad cholesterol levels down, and provides satiety which will keep you feeling fuller longer.
If you are trying to keep calories low and lose weight, eating enough fiber is very important. Good sources of fiber include, but are not limited to: apples, pears, raspberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, kidney beans, navy beans, and almonds. Eat between 20-25 grams of fiber daily.
9 / Let Nature Work Its Magic To Heal
We tear our bodies down when we exercise. In order to recover and keep our bodies steadily burning fat and building muscle we must eat properly, get enough sleep, and supply the body with the nutrients that it needs to repair tissue.
10 / Keep Variety In Your Diet
Any diet is boring without variety, but even more importantly, when we lack nutritional variety we can't supply the body with all of the nutrients that it needs to remain in optimal health.
Most diseases are associated with a nutritional deficiency of some sort so it is very important that we add variety to our diet so that we get the full spectrum nutrients that we need to remain healthy, grow, and improve our physiques.
In order to make progress and remain healthy it is important to eat enough protein, carbohydrates, and fats daily. However, each macronutrient should be eaten in the correct amount at each meal, and you should not eat the same foods everyday.
Eating the same foods in excess can cause nutritional deficiencies because this means that other foods are not used in sufficient variety in the diet.
Many bodybuilders and amateur lifters fall into the chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato every day trap. Your body will never recover and grow if it is lacking the essential nutrients that it needs, and the best way to get the full spectrum of nutrients is by mixing up your diet.