The vision of being skinny and being able to fit into the tiniest of jeans is a vision shared by thousands of people across the globe, and although there are tons of resources and help guides available, many people still don’t go the right way about achieving these envisioned goals. For the young, the desperate and the naïve, the first thought which comes into their heads when they decide to lose weight, is eating less food. Whilst this is true, there is a massive difference between consuming a low calorie, healthy diet, and starvation!
Weight loss is not the only motive behind people employing a healthy diet, as maintaining a balanced diet can pose several other benefits such as healthier skin, more energy and of course, a healthier heart. Whatever your motives are, never forget that there is a fine line between a healthy diet and starvation, and stepping over that line can pose massive health risks, regardless of how well you think you are doing.
Obviously, the sign of being hungry will always be a factor when determining whether your body is in starvation mode or not, but everybody in their lifetime will have experienced a period of time where they felt hungry, and if you are trying to maintain a low calorie, healthy diet, this feeling may occur more than you expect. However, there are no other ways to tell whether you are actually starving your body of the vital nutrients it requires, making you feel like you are eating enough, when in fact you are not.
A healthy balanced diet is one which is high in all of the major foods groups, and one which supplies your body with vital nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and fiber. Depriving your body of just one of these nutrients can have a dramatic effect on your overall health. So, the next time you decide to start a new ‘fad diet’, please research into the harmful side effects. Let’s say for example, you want to live on a diet of just salad alone: You are basically depriving your body of carbohydrates and protein. This will leave you feeling completely drained, and your muscles and other tissues will never grow and repair, making you look weak, energy less and skinny (but not in a good way).
With the proper knowledge, a proper healthy diet can be as easy as starving yourself: Without the worry of constantly being hungry! A proper healthy diet will make you feel fresh, all day every day instead of feeling drained and weak when starving yourself. Not only will eating a good healthy diet make you feel better, it will also reduce the chances of developing any fatal diseases such as heart disease. Not consuming the recommended amount of the essential nutrients will also leave you vulnerable to hundreds and hundreds of life threatening risks, including strokes, heart attacks and even cancer!
Exposing your body to the hurt of constant malnutrition and hydration is not something which should be voluntarily forced upon yourself. If you believe you have an eating disorder, then seek medical advice from your local GP, as leaving it too long without being treated could be very dangerous for your health. There are thousands of healthy foods out there, and we promise that you will enjoy at least half of them, so why deprive your body? Find a healthy, balanced meal plan and stick to it. Your body will thank you!
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We are constantly reminded about the benefits of regular exercise, and most of us are completely unaware of the extremity of these benefits. As you will probably know, the ‘engine’ which keeps our body moving is our heart, and without it performing at its best, we will never experience what it’s like to have a happy body. Whether it be during a sporting event, during your day at work, or even simply cooking the dinner for your family, if your heart is not ‘happy’ then the rest of your body sure won’t be!
The simplest way to improve your hearts health is by taking on a regular exercise routine. Regular exercise is a great way to help reduce blood pressure, strengthen your heart and increase the amount of blood flow around your body. When we exercise, the muscles in our heart become stronger, and this increased strength allows it to pump more blood through our blood vessels, ultimately carrying more oxygen to our working muscles. Have you ever felt physically drained after a day at work? Or have you ever felt like you are not getting the most out of your time at the gym? If you have, then the problem is probably your cardiovascular endurance.
Aerobic exercise is the only way to improve your cardiovascular endurance, and although many people see it as prolonged and boring, it doesn’t have to be! Exercise is what you make it, so if you want to spend 30 minutes jogging on a treadmill on your own, then that is fine, but if you want something more social and enjoyable, then simply find a training partner, or a class of something you enjoy doing, such as dance or yoga. Having the increased blood flow capacity will definitely benefit you, and even from the first day of exercise, you will start to feel the difference.
As well as having a lot more energy to do the things you want to do, taking on a regular exercise regime will also help you sleep better at night. If a sleeping disorder is something that haunts you, then try hitting the treadmill for at least 30 minutes per day, and I guarantee that you will find it easier to rest at night. Rest is essential for growth and repair, so why not take the chance and see for yourself?
Taking part in at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity everyday can not only give you the benefits we just mentioned, it can also give you the greatest benefit you could ever ask for: A prolonged life! Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are more likely to live a longer, healthier life, compared to the ones who don’t. If that is not a motive, then I don’t know what is.
Keeping your body happy does not necessarily just mean on the inside. Everybody wants to look good on the outside, and everybody wants to be as lean as possible, and when twinned with a good diet, exercise can help you get there. One of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise is increased weight loss, more specifically, fat loss. This will not only help with lowering your cholesterol and improving your health on the inside, but it will also make you look fantastic on the outside. It is amazing what exercise can do for you, and if you have yet to discover, then do not hold back, get started as soon as possible and reap all the amazing benefits which the heart racing activity has to offer you!