Started by the American Diabetic Association, the month of March is “National Nutrition Month,” which focuses on overall health, physical fitness, and eating right. Good nutrition has been proven to have a positive effect on your whole body. Taking control of your health contributes to your overall wellbeing, especially with a healthy and nutritious diet. Losing weight or maintaining your ideal weight, reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Eating healthy foods and regularly exercising not only helps you to reach your weight goals, it also keeps your entire body healthier and more energized. When you feel good, you want to continue doing those things, which helps you see the results you want.
Good nutrition is vital to successful weight loss and weight management, and for good health. Several benefits of good nutrition are: improvement in cholesterol levels, reduction of high blood pressure, and an increase in overall energy. Many of us have tried one or more of the many fad diets, or in the past have experienced the vicious cycle of unhealthy weight loss/weight regain. The best you can do for yourself is to keep trying, even through the ups and downs.
There are three principles of proper nutrition, which include variety, balance, and moderation. Adding a variety of foods to your diet is essential to ensure eating from the five major food groups. Remember, no one food supplies all the nutrients the body needs. A balanced diet can supply the nutrients and calories the body needs, if eaten in appropriate amounts. Serving sizes differ for individual needs based on age, gender, and activity level. Many people believe they have to deprive themselves of their favorite foods, but choosing certain foods in moderation is key to successful long-term weight loss. Good nutrition takes practice and there are certainly long term results when you improve your nutrition.
Here are some suggested guidelines to eat right and lose weight:
- Set a realistic initial weight loss goal
- Drink at least 8-10, 8-oz. glasses of water each day
- Limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well as other sugary drinks
- Adopt healthy meal preparation techniques to reduce sodium, fat, and sugar
If you want to learn more about nutrition, call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580 to request an appointment, or request an appointment online. Caring about your health and trying to do better, is the first, and often the greatest, move that you can make.