Every time you turn around there is a new diet being marketed that promises you extreme weight loss in very short periods of time. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Crash diets — losing extreme amounts of weight in short periods of time — are not only unsustainable but unhealthy! The average “healthy” weight loss is two pounds per week so be patient, get on track the right way and your body will lose the unwanted fat and keep it off as it naturally should.
To get that balance in your life and to start you on the way to healthy weight loss, you need to understand some basic principles of nutrition, exercise, attitude and sleep.
Nutrition is typically hard because we develop bad eating habits. Portion size is so important! Think about your body as a car and your stomach as a gas tank … you don’t want gas spilling out all over your beautiful paint job! In addition to portion size, our choice of food is also important and balance between macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fat. Eat to meet your goals!
Exercise needs to be done consistently. Get on a regular schedule and stick to it. Be disciplined and challenge yourself! Your workouts should be fun, exciting and challenging. Think about exercising both your cardiovascular system: heart, lungs and circulatory system, and your muscular skeletal system: muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. So exercise programs should include cardiovascular work and strength training. This can be done in separate workouts or in the same workout.
Attitude is everything! You can accomplish anything if you get in the right mindset and have a positive attitude.
Sleep. Your mind and body recover best with proper sleep. Most studies on sleep show that about eight hours of sleep each day allows your mind and body to recover from everyday stress and promote good health. A restful night of sleep is vital to your good health and longevity.
Everyone who focuses on these basic principles will reap the benefit of good health. You cannot choose how long you will live, but you can choose how well you will live!
Train hard and expect results!
Ty Valkanas, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, serves as program director at Body By Bobbie, Inc., The Institute of Health & Fitness and Global Fighting Legion; also as an advisory board member of the Southwestern College Fitness Certification Program. www.TeamGFL.com.