|Posted on 18 June, 2018 at 10:10|
Five Steps to Food Failure
Avoid these five nutritional errors
Get better results
Your nutrition should be the cornerstone of your wellbeing yet it is often sacrificed for quicker and easier.
During my time as a fitness coach I’ve seen a wide range of clients change their lifestyle but avoiding these common errors.
Nutrition is a very personal thing based on lifestyle, preference, past choices and much more but if you’re looking for general guidance, then there are the things to avoid:
Not getting enough of the tight type of fluids will leave you more hungry and increase cravings.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of ignoring water when we are simply so busy. However you should be aiming to hit around two litres of water (excluding caffeinated and alcoholic drinks). This may seem like a challenge but will certainly result in better digestion and overall health.
2) Sugar Highs
The cravings of sugar can be a vicious cycle. The more we eat, the more we look for more. Subconsciously this hampers our attempts to eat better.
Eating enough fibre will assist the body in feeling more full and help you to ignore the call of sugar. Fibre is found in brans, fruits and vegetables so ensure that your nutrition is balanced.
One portion of your five a day may seem more than you think so don’t skip on it.
If you find yourself exhausted then full of energy on a daily basis then you need to evaluate your habits. Stimulants like coffee have the same effect of an inconsistent energy level which leads to a dependency on sugar or caffeine.
Work on the basics like reducing the intake of sugar based foods and drinks on a step by step basis. Too much will be detrimental.
Did you know that not getting enough sleep will affect your digestion and tendency to choose poor foods.
Feeling sluggish and lacking energy can be alleviated by sleeping earlier and having a good pee bedtime routine. Waking up tired already leaves you on the back foot and seeking an instant hit of energy.
Aim for around 7–8 hours a night and you’ll see an improvement in your energy levels.
4) Skipping Meals
Linking in with blood sugar levels; inconsistent meals, poor planning and letting your metabolism drop are prime reasons for sabotaging of a nutritional plan.
Not eating ultimately leaves the body to it’s own devices and eating muscle instead of fat. Starvation is not the way to go to lose weight; regular smaller snacks is far more effective.
Making time to eat can be challenging but proper digestion is vital. Eating on the run is a recipe for disaster.
Plan your meals and have healthy, emergency snacks to hand for when things don’t go right. Grabbing something to keep you going will help prevent you from craving unhealthy snacks and prevent a lull in energy.
Do you know much energy you are consuming or expending on a daily basis? If not, then the MyFitnessPal app is an essential for you to get tracking.
People will often underestimate the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat and overestimate the good quality foods they consume. If you want to get results, you need to know the facts and this will help you to micromanage your own nutritional plan, putting you in a healthy position.
The best way to lose weight is to hold yourself accountable for everything you eat. Plan your day and have an emergency snack ready. Even logging your food for a week or two allows you some perspective and with MyFitnessPal it couldn’t be easier to do.
Monitor, review and implement any necessary changes. Wildly guessing is not the solution to your fitness goals.
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