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TomTom Adventurer – The Combined Benefits of Exercise

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand when you’re trying to lose weight.

By ‘diet,’ I don’t mean that you need to starve yourself or follow some fly-by-night fad diet.  I simply mean that you should eat smaller portions, and your meals should be balanced, consisting of healthy foods from every food group.

You may try only cutting down on all the high-calorie foods and skip the exercise.  You may cut down on your portion sizes.  And, the weight will eventually come off.  However, if you also include exercise in your weight loss program, you’ll discover that not only will the weight come off, but your metabolism will improve, your fat will be replaced by lean, muscle tissue (rather than loose, jiggly flab), you’ll feel more energetic and mentally alert, and you’ll be better able to keep the fat off.

The human body was created to be active.

It wasn’t meant to live a sedentary lifestyle.  Unless your health prohibits you from getting some sort of exercise each day, you should make an attempt to focus on the amount of physical activity you engage in.  After all, most Americans don’t get nearly enough physical exercise during the course of a day!  We’re all too busy sitting at our desks or in front of our televisions.

By the same token, if you’re like the average American, who thrives on fast food or other high-fat, high-calorie meals, a change in eating habits is advised.  You can still enjoy eating!  But, if you’re serious about losing those extra pounds and keeping them off, you’re going to have to replace the greasy french fries with some healthy, fresh veggies.  Instead of that 44 ounce Coke, drink more water.  Try to include more fish in your diet, rather than a big, fat hamburger.  You’ll be surprised at how much better you look and feel, when you replace those heart-clogging, fat-producing calories with healthier food choices.

And, don’t skip meals!

If you regularly skip meals, your metabolism is going to slow down, you’ll feel sluggish, and your body is going to hang onto those extra pounds as protection against starvation.  By eating regularly, your metabolism works better, and you’re better able to lose weight!

Yes, diet and exercise are important ingredients for successful weight loss!  You don’t have to be miserable in the process of losing weight. Just remember the following points, if you want to shed those pounds and keep them off:

  • Don’t starve yourself!
  • Make sure that the calories you consume are nutritious and include foods from each food group.
  • Find an activity or two that you enjoy, so that exercise time isn’t dreaded.  If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll be more likely to stick with your exercise routine

A few healthy lifestyle changes can make all the difference in your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

A good diet is important for good health.

A healthy and varied diet can help to maintain a healthy body weight, enhance general well being and reduce the risk of a number of diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

A healthy diet consists of four main categories of foods – of course there are some other minor groups. But these four main food groups will provide a healthy diet the bulk of its nutrition.

They are:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Grain products
  • Milk products
  • Meats and alternatives.

A healthy diet will serve a good balance of each of the food groups listed. Of course, different individuals will need different amounts of food. Other factors such as age, body size, activity level, gender will also affect the amount of food you eat.

Please note that meat is NOT a necessary part of a healthy diet.

Contrary to what many say, you can get enough proteins from vegetables, beans and soy products.

A healthy diet is a diet based on breads, potatoes, and other cereals and is rich in fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet will include moderate amounts of milk and dairy products, meat, fish or meat/milk alternatives, and limited amounts of foods containing fat or sugar.

You must have carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals salts and fibre in the correct proportions. If there is not enough protein, you will not be able to grow properly and you will not be able to repair yourself i.e. wounds will not heal properly. If you do not have enough energy containing foods you will feel very tired, you will not have enough energy. If you have too much energy containing foods you will become overweight.

If you think that you are overweight you might try taking more exercise to “burn off” some of the excess food which you ate at you last meal.

Some are classified as unhealthy and potentially harmful to one’s general health, while other’s are recommended by specialists. Diet plans are generally designed according to the recommended caloric intake but it is important to note that the most successful diets are those that simultaneously promote physical activity.

There are many dietary programs that claim to be efficient in helping overweight individuals to lose weight with no effort. However, the long-term efficacy of these plans is questionable.

Remember nothing can be achieved by using no effort at all, if a diet plan advocates doing nothing then that is exactly what will happen – NOTHING!!!

Elevate all of your outdoor adventures with music, Heart rate monitoring and route exploration on your wrist as you trail run, or hikethis spring.

Enjoy!