Get the right fuel in your body!
If you’re making a positive change to your life by taking part in a more active lifestyle then you can double down by simultaneously making a change to your diet.
The quantity and quality of your diet has a wide-reaching effect on your short-term and long-term health, impacting everything from your day to day energy levels to your concentration, not to mention your weight! We’re all guilty of indulging now and again in our favourite foods, but when these indulgences become baked into our daily diet our health can suffer as a consequence. If you’ve made the decision to live a more active lifestyle then you’ll be able feel the positive benefits sooner if you also make some positive adjustments to your diet.
These guidelines should point you in the right direction, but it’s important to consult your GP before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle, to ensure that you’re doing what’s best for your own body:
Assess your current diet
It’s a good idea to get a clear look at what food you eat on a daily basis before you make any changes to your lifestyle. Spend a fortnight recording a food diary, including estimations of your calorie intake for each meal and snack. It’s crucial to be as honest as possible with yourself so that you can get as clear a picture of your food intake as possible.
What are you aims?
Knowing your goals is a key part of any lifestyle change, it gives you something to aim for and can help you stay on tract in the long run. If you’re looking to lose weight and burn fat, then your diet should reflect that ambition by cutting out foods highs in fats or sugars. Of course, this is often easier said than done – if you’re hoping to make a long-term change then you’ll need to have a solid meal plan sorted out.
Get prepared ahead of schedule
The best way to make an effective, long-term change to your diet is be being prepared and having a plan. Plan all your meals out a week ahead of schedule and get your shopping sorted accordingly, don’t allow yourself to fall into bad habits simply because you don’t have the right food in your fridge. At times it may be really tempting to reach for a trusted takeaway, so you need to be prepared for that eventuality.
Keep an eye on your portion control
It’s possible to avoid eating unhealthy foods and find that you’re still putting on weight, this issue can usually be pinned down to portion control. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to portion control, as how much you’ll need to eat will depend on the amount of activity that you’re managing to fit into your daily schedule. Use an online tool to make rough estimates of how many calories you’ll need to consume to maintain, gain or lose weight – depending on what your goal is.