GOOD NUTRITION IS THE CORNERSTONE
OF YOUR HEALTH & WELLBEING
80 per cent of weight loss is down to what you eat. But how do you know what to eat, when to eat it and in what quantities? bACTIVE can help to create a nutrition plan to complement your personal fitness program, whatever your body type, your fitness level and in line with your goals.
Although convenient for those who lead a busy lifestyle, packaged foods are not your friend. Instead, cut out all overly processed, chemically engineered foods and head for the source. Aim for nutrient-dense whole foods; not only do these fuel your body more efficiently, they are the building blocks towards better health.
EAT IN COLOUR
The more colourful your plate, the more nutritious it will be. Pile it high with a variety of colorful veggies to ensure the maximum benefit of different vitamins and minerals. Be adventurous; don't just stick to your old tried-and-tested favorite recipes. Different flavours and cooking methods will keep your tastebuds entertained. Try garlic-sauteed kale one day and a green bean salad with mint and a drizzle of balsamic the next. As they say, variety is the spice of life, so ring the culinary changes!
DON'T SKIP THE PROTEIN
Protein is essential to keep your body strong and help build muscle. Opt for lean poultry such as turkey breast and free-range fish. Red meat should be a treat rather than a staple due to its higher fat content; eggs and cheese are good alternatives to meat. Vegans should include tofu and high-protein veggies in their diet, such as lentils, chickpeas and edamame. Nutritional yeast, spelt and spirulina are also good protein-rich alternatives.
Drinking enough water is critical to optimise your fat-burning capacity. When you are dehydrated, your body burns fat less efficiently, leading to unnecessary weight gain.
DITCH THE SCALES
We all get too hung up on what the scales say. Muscle weighs heavier than fat, so you may weigh more once you have started training than you did before! Before you totally freak out, take note of how your clothes fit and how toned your body looks as this is a more reliable guideline; relying on the scales will not always tell the full story.
BE LABLE LITERATE
Don't just grab packets from the supermarket shelf - read the labels first! If you don't recognise the ingredients listed, then put it back. Watch out for anything that include hydrogenated fats or palm oil as these are linked to excess belly fat, which not only looks unsightly but is also a precursor for many chronic health conditions.
Hunger has been known to make a mockery of the best intentions. Your willpower is at its lowest when you're hungry. Avoid temptation by preparing healthy snacks in advance. Chop up a stack of raw veggie crudités or a fruit salad the night before, then place in food bags or small Tupperware pots, ready to pop into your bag for when you're out and about. Other portable options are nuts (not the salted and roasted kind), rice cakes and edamame beans.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
We can become desensitised to our body's needs over time. Learn how listen to your body; eat only when you're hungry and stop when you're full. By paying more attention we can become better attuned to what our body is trying to tell us and avoid eating out of habit or boredom.