A Healthy Diet and Well-Planned Routine are the Keys to Fitness Success
Getting the physique you want doesn’t need to be difficult. Combine a healthy diet and a well-planned routine from our Mei fitness experts to get fit and stay that way.
So what should you be eating? There are many online calculators that will give you a rough estimate on how many calories to consume, or talk with our staff and we’ll be happy to provide a more personal assessment based on your goals. In general, women do well eating around 1,500 calories per day to lose weight, men a little more.
That being said, just cutting calories without regards to the foods you eat is usually not a sustainable way to lose weight. The best way to stick to that limit is to base your meal around protein, then add many more fruits and vegetables. Focus on nutrient-dense, whole foods and skip the empty calories found in refined flour and sugar.
What about fat? Learn the difference between good fats and bad fats to make sure you are getting the right balance. Healthy fats keep you satiated and aid in body function in important ways. Stay away from unstable, polyunsaturated fats as these are linked to inflammation and disease. Some good fats turn bad when heated so it’s important you do your homework. Click here to learn more.
Avoid processed foods. In June 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made its final declaration that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. Processed foods that contain these trans fats should be avoided at all costs. If your body is busy repairing itself from the damage caused by bad fats, how can you expect to be performing at your best? Read labels and keep the junk out.
Diet alone cannot get you a healthy physique. When we eat fewer calories, our bodies compensate by making us burn less. This is why long-term calorie restriction can significantly reduce metabolism. In addition, strength and endurance will wane if you don’t work your muscles. In his article about “Are you a Skinny Fat Person?,” Dr. Mark Hyman sites a combination of cardio (to improve metabolism) and strength training (to build muscle) as the key to true health.
At Mei Fitness, we want you to feel the satisfaction and fulfillment a higher level of fitness brings. It’s important that you follow an exercise program tailored to you to reach your personal fitness goals. That is where our personal trainers come in. We spend time listening to your needs to develop the most appropriate training program to yield desired results. We also motivate you to keep a healthy diet and exercise an integral part of your overall lifestyle. With our help, you are sure to get there and stick with it! 800-479-6710