Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating Pitfalls

So you've been hitting the gym four or five times a week with a combination of weight training and cardio, and you've revamped your eating habits to no longer include hitting the fast food drive thru on a daily basis, what’s next?

Well, if you're not eating the right foods at the right times or if you're eating humongous portion sizes, a lot is wrong. Simply making better choices is the first step toward healthy eating. But getting your menu plan to work for you is going one step further. Keep reading to see if you're falling into any of the potential eating pitfalls.
  1. You're eating the wrong foods or nothing at all after your workout.
    1. You have to make the right choices after you exercise. Otherwise, your hard work at the gym won't produce the results you want. After a workout, your body's nutrient levels are considerably depleted and must be replenished. Your muscles also begin their recovery process, which allows them to repair, leaving you prepared for your next workout.
  2. Although you're making healthy choices, you're taking in too many calories.
    1. If you're trying to reach your goals, watching your portion sizes is just as important as making the right food choices. Controlling your portion sizes doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. It just takes some thought. In this mega-sized nation, it's important to remember you don't need to finish everything on your plate or in the package. Realize what the proper serving sizes of specific food choices are, and only eat what you require.
  3. You're drinking sugary and high-caloric beverages.
    1. If you're taking in a lot of sugary juices and sodas, you may not even realize all the extra calories you're consuming. These calories can quickly add up without you even realizing it because they aren't that filling. Instead, reduce your consumption of fruit juices, opt for sugar-free sodas, and add lemon to water for some extra flavor. Also, for a boost, try one of our delicious Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Instant Drink Packets.
  4. You eat well most of the time, but you're often influenced by friends or family members to "relax and enjoy food."
    1. Don't let friends and family deter you from following your healthy lifestyle plan. We all know what a social event can be like, but that doesn't mean you have to choose the greasiest or most fattening items on the menu when you're eating at a restaurant just because your friends do. If you're meeting friends for food, keep to your eating plan as much as possible, and if you decide on a less-than-ideal choice, share it with a friend.

      How many times have you been at a relative's home and they offered you a food item that you knew didn't fit in your plan but felt bad about refusing? It happens to the best of us. Sometimes it can be difficult for family members to be supportive and understand why you're making certain choices. They may feel rejected by your refusal. Explain to them how you're trying to make healthier choices, and hopefully they'll support your efforts to stick to your plan.
  5. You're eating the wrong foods at the wrong times throughout the day.
    1. Eating certain foods at the wrong times throughout the day won't do you any favors. It goes without saying that breakfast should be an important part of your day. This is an important window of opportunity to make sure you eat the foods that will fuel your body for the remainder of the day.

      You also want to watch what you eat in the evening. At this time, you are not as active as you may be the rest of the day, and so you should try to reduce your caloric intake. A large meal – especially when eaten before bed – will stimulate insulin. At this time, try to limit consumption of simple and processed carbohydrates such as pasta and white breads.

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