Eating Healthy and Exercising – The #1 Best Way To Lose Weight

By Spring Estep

Even with all the hype about fad diets and revolutionary new weight-loss plans, eating healthy and exercising is still the best way to lose weight and stay in shape.  A healthy diet will not only get you to a healthy weight level, it would also decrease your risk of premature aging, heart disease, vascular diseases such as strokes, and even certain cancers.

There are, of course, weight loss diets that will get you where you want to go faster, but many of them will not help you keep the weight off. The key is to find a healthy diet that you can stick with your whole life. If you start with an extreme fad diet, once you quit it you will put the weight back on.

Similarly, your healthy living program needs to stress exercises you can stick with. You can plan on training for a marathon, using the latest exercise machines or taking aerobic classes seven days a week, but if you aren’t actually going to do it, it won’t do you any good. Rather than setting your goals high, set your goals are reasonable level.

Start by taking an easy walk for 20 minutes or so every day, then work your way up to more vigorous exercises. Improve your diet by cutting your food portions gradually over time, reducing the amount of red meat you are eating and increasing your intake of grains and vegetables. Gradually, refine your healthy diet and take your exercise routine up a notch. Eventually, you will get where you want to go.

Of course, eating healthy and exercising starts with educating yourself about what is required for good diet and effective workouts. Study the food pyramid and use it to plan out your meals. Most of your caloric intake should come from vegetables and fruits. You should also eat a lot of whole grains. Eat less protein and stress lean proteins such as chicken and fish. Eat very little processed food and stay away from fatty and sugar-filled snacks.

You should also educate yourself about exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days each week. If you aren’t exercising yet, don’t feel like you have to do exactly what they say right away. Instead, work your way up to their goal at a pace that feels right for you.

As long as you get there eventually, it doesn’t matter if it takes you a few weeks or even a few months of lower-intensity exercise. As long as you are always making progress towards eating healthy and exercising, you should feel proud of yourself.

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