All you have to do is follow a few simple steps and you’re on your way!
1. Healthy food is essential.
You are what you eat, so if you eat healthy, you are healthy. If you’re just starting to have a healthy lifestyle, you probably don’t know healthy food.
- Food that is low in fat content is good. Unless that fat is poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated, or omega 3. These are some of the good fats. Some of the bad fats are trans and saturated fats. These fats raise your LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. The good fats lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol.
- Low sugar content is another plus.. Sucrose is the bad kind of sugar. Glucose is the good kind of sugar. Both are sugar, so both are classified as sugar, on the label. For example, raisins that don’t have sugar added still have a lot of sugar, but it’s a naturally occurring sugar, fructose. Any ingredient on a food label ended with “ose” is a type of sugar.
- Eat a variety of food. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, which you need, but you still need some other vitamins and minerals. For example, not much protein comes from fruits or vegetables. Meat, beans, and tofu are good sources of protein. If you can’t get your vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, you can always take a multivitamin.1
2. Exercise is key for a healthy lifestyle as well.
Go to the gym every once in a while, daily, or even take a run around your neighborhood a couple times a week. Even taking your dog for a walk is good. Frequent and routine exercise everyday helps boost the immune system; helps prevent the “disease of affluence” such as: heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It also improves mental health, and prevent depression.
It’s not easy to go from a couch potato to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be discouraged if you have to satisfy your cravings for ice cream, hamburgers, etc. As long as you don’t have a steady diet of unhealthy food, it won’t hurt you as much.
4. Don’t yo-yo diet!
Yo-yo dieting is bad for you and even if they sound healthy, once you stop that diet you’ll pile on the weight in just a couple of days. Stay away from Slimfast, soup diets and diets that you have to eat or drink contents from a packet.
5. Don’t abuse your body.
Don’t work out too much because it can cause your body to stop functioning properly when you work out or may make you suffer a burn out. It is best to leave a day or two off for your muscles can recover.
6. Regulate your weight.
Being too fat or skinny isn’t good for you. Your doctor can tell you if you are under or over weight. Exercise and the food you eat can change your weight, so keep that in mind.