Fitness On The Go

A crucial component of proper fitness is diet. People today are becoming increasingly aware that a proper diet is the foundation of good health. Without a regular diet of wholesome food and the essential trace minerals which it provides, we don't have the fuel to perform at our best. Cutting corners with our health is unproductive, decreasing the energy that our bodies need to perform well and maximize exercise regimes.

When considering your diet, keep in mind age, gender, medical conditions and level of physical fitness. Different requirements are needed for gaining muscle mass, as opposed to losing weight, so keep your objectives in mind.

Food Groups

One of the most important approaches to good nutrition is to think in terms of food groups rather than individual food items. Not only does this simplify the task of understanding nutrition, but it tends to widen the range of potential foods for our diet, and to consequently broaden and balance the range of nutrients which we ultimately consume.

The six major food groups to understand for good nutrition are as follows:

  1. Fruits
  2. Vegetables
  3. Grains
  4. Meat & Beans
  5. Milk Products
  6. Oils

Our most common areas of nutritional neglect are fruit and vegetables. An excellent rule of thumb is to each day eat the level quantity of fruit which you could hold in your cupped hands held together. The same applies again for your daily intake of vegetables. If this was the only conscious thing which you did each day for your nutrition, then it would likely go a long way towards ensuring that you had a nutritious and proper diet.

Best Diets

The major components of the best diets are:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Motivation
  3. Exercise
  4. Feedback
  5. Reward

It is becoming increasingly accepted that the best diets form part of a program in which regular exercise is as important as a reduction in calorie intake. Diet and exercise are two sides of the same coin, so trying to achieve long-term weight loss through one of those means alone is to significantly limit your chances of success. What is more, regular exercise is as important to good health as a proper diet, and good health should always be the ultimate goal of weight loss.

A characteristic of the best diets is that they encourage changes to our eating habits, habits which are largely responsible for the problem in the first place. For this reason the best diets are based on real foods rather than shakes, bars or special food formulas which you would otherwise not give a second thought to. For this same reason, the best diets incorporate education on nutrition and the energy value of foods, and by doing this they arm us with the knowledge which we need for life-long change.

At the end of the day, the best diets are the ones which people stick to.