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IF WE COULD GIVE EVERY INDIVIDUAL THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF NOURISHMENT AND
EXERCISE, NOT TOO LITTLE AND NOT TOO MUCH, WE WOULD HAVE FOUND THE
SAFEST WAY TO HEALTH
Hippocrates (c. 460 - 377 BC)
The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to incorporate healthy eating habits and regular exercise
into one’s life. By making a few adjustments in one’s daily eating and exercise patterns, changes in
physical appearance, as well as in overall health, will result without taking drastic measures.
One diet does not fit all. A person’s size, activity level, metabolism, lifestyle, and goals will determine the
proper nutrients required for providing adequate energy. A sedentary person will require a different eating
pattern than a long-distance runner. And the truth is that as we age, process that speeds at age 25, we need
fewer calories to keep going due to the natural aging process which causes a loss of 2% of a person’s
metabolic rate with every decade of life. Some basic knowledge of nutrition can help one to make the
correct choices to achieve personal goals.
Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet for proper brain, heart, muscle, and vital organ functions. These
are converted to glucose in the body. The brain is a voracious glucose consumer. A problem occurs when
the carbohydrates consumed are more than enough for immediate energy. The excess is stored. Proteins
are the ‘building block’ of the body. Protein is broken down by the digestive system into amino acids
which are used for building cells. Another category of nutrients is fat. Fats act as a secondary source of
energy after carbohydrates. Excess calories whether they come from carbohydrates, protein, or fats
are stored in the body as fat.
Although nutritional requirements will vary based on one’s activity levels, it is important to keep in mind
that no matter how active or how sedentary a person is his or her body will still require a minimum
amount of nutrients to achieve optimal health Here are a few guidelines towards becoming healthier: eat
five to six smaller meals a day, limit fat intake, drink plenty of water, eat complex carbohydrates, and
limit refined sugars and starches. Proper nutrition can prevent and/or help reduce health problems.
Cholesterol levels tend to be lower in individuals who exercise regularly and eat properly. Those with
tendencies towards high cholesterol levels should avoid saturated fats that are found in animal products.
Regular exercise can prevent, as well as reduce, high blood pressure. Heart and lungs are also
beneficiaries of regulated physical exertion. By adding exercises that include a muscle building program,
one’s body will actually burn more calories even while sitting still simply because muscles require more
calories to maintain. We will also help slow down the aging process by counter acting for some of the
naturally occurring muscle loss.
FITNESS IS NOT A MATTER OF BEING SKINNY. IT’S ABOUT BEING HEALTHY