Avoiding high levels of fat is important to just about everyone these days. High levels of dietary fat and cholesterol have been implicated in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some types of cancers. Staying healthy often means cutting back on fat. The trick is to do this without sacrificing the taste you and your family crave.
There are many good reasons for cutting back on the amount of fat in the diet. The average diet today contains far too much fat, and lowering the level of fat in the diet is a great help for losing weight and gaining fitness. Since fat contains more than twice as many calories as protein or carbohydrates, cutting back on fat usually means a reduction in caloric intake. Continue Reading »
In many ways the refrigerator is the cornerstone of any healthy eating plan. How you stock that fridge can make a huge difference in the success or failure of any healthy eating plan. From what foods it contains, to where they are stored, the refrigerator can be vitally important to healthy eating.
The first step should be to take stock of just what the refrigerator contains. The bachelors among us may already be familiar with this process, but taking stock of the fridge means more than just throwing away those foods that have begun to turn green or grow hair.
Taking stock of the contents of the fridge should mean a monthly review of everything it contains. During this review, separate the healthier foods from the others. It is important to make sure that you have more low fat, high fiber and low sugar foods than high fat low fiber and high sugar ones. If the ratio is off, try to shop for healthier foods. Continue Reading »
One of the biggest challenges facing those trying to follow a healthy diet is the local restaurant. Eating out presents special challenges, such as not knowing how the food was prepared, how much fat it contains, and whether or not the healthiest ingredients were used.
Many restaurant chains, and even some fast food restaurants, have recognized the demand for healthier menu choices, and they are working hard to satisfy that demand. All too often, however, the healthy choices on a restaurant menu are limited and unappealing. It is important, therefore to pay close attention to the menu and make the healthiest choices possible.
One of the most important thing diners can do to eat healthy at restaurants is to be proactive. Diners should not be afraid to ask how a dish is prepared, or what ingredients are used in its preparation. If the server does not know, ask him or her to check with the chef. A good chef will be happy to answer such questions, and to make modifications in the recipe if needed. In addition, most restaurants will happily accommodate special needs, such as low fat or low sodium dishes. After all, the restaurant is there to serve its patrons. Continue Reading »
While it is wonderful that more and more people have become ‘turned on’ to the world of exercise and physical fitness, it is somewhat distressing that most people pigeonhole their concept of what a physical workout program actually entails. In other words, people look at exercise as a means of serving two ends: increasing muscle mass and reducing body. Now, this is an accurate assessment of what occurs when a proper exercise regiment is followed. It is also a noble goal to achieve. However, there is far more to exercising that just those two areas. One area that is neglected far too often is the area of muscle fitness.
The Most Common Areas of Muscle Fitness
Usually when people think of muscle fitness they center on cosmetic appearances. This is the commonly perceived ‘contest physique’ that most people adore. There is nothing wrong with such adoration, but it is somewhat limited in scope. That is to say, there are a number of functional muscle fitness goals that could be attained in addition to the cosmetic ones. Continue Reading »
Everyone wants to eat a healthier diet, but it can sometimes be difficult to know if your diet is healthy enough. There are a number of factors that go into creating a healthy diet, and it is important to evaluate the current state of your diet before embarking on a plan for healthier eating.
There are several questions you should ask yourself when evaluating the healthiness (or lack thereof) of your current eating plan. These questions include:
Do I eat a wide variety of foods?
Variety is one of the most important hallmarks of a healthy diet, since no one food contains all the nutrients needed by the human body. It is important to eat foods from all the major food groups, including grains and breads, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, meats, beans and nuts. Continue Reading »
Fitness equipment is basically anything that is used, or can be used, to get in or stay in good physical condition. Fitness equipment may be something that you have at home or something that is found in a professional gym. This type of equipment can be used for aerobic exercise or strength training, depending on the equipment involved and how it is being used.
Types of Fitness Equipment
There are many different types of fitness equipment. Fitness equipment can range from something easily recognized as such to something as simple (and overlooked) as a jump rope. Fitness equipment can include:
Treadmills – Treadmills are one common form of fitness equipment. These may be found in gyms as well as in homes. Treadmills are generally used to exercise aerobically. Treadmills are sometimes thought of as a staple in gym equipment as walking and running (when advisable for a person’s current physical condition) are good basic exercises to help get one’s whole body in shape. Continue Reading »
Fats and carbohydrates are two building blocks of a healthy diet, but many people do not understand their role in proper nutrition. While the daily intake of fats and oils should be limited, these elements are still a vital part of the diet. The key is to make smart choices when it comes to fats and oils. That means substituting saturated fats with unsaturated fats, and using healthier, lighter oils in cooking.
Let’s look at the role fats and oils play in the diet. Fats are necessary for supplying energy to the body. In addition, fats supply essential fatty acids and act as carriers for fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K and the carotenoids. In addition, fats have an important role to play as building blocks for various tissues and membranes, and they also play a key role in regulating numerous bodily functions. Continue Reading »
Everyone knows that variety is important when it comes to diet. Not only is eating the same foods every day boring, but it is extremely unhealthy as well. That is because each type of food contains different nutrients, and different levels of those nutrients. The best way to eat healthy is to eat a wide variety of foods from all the food groups.
It is important to eat a good combination of meats, beans, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. All these foods contain important nutrients, and no vitamin pill in existence can provide the vast variety of nutrients your body needs every day.
Of course simply eating foods from a variety of sources is not enough. It is also important to make smart choices within those food groups. After all, nonfat yogurt and an hot fudge sundae are both dairy products! The best choice in that situation should be obvious, but other choices are more subtle. Continue Reading »
Everyone has heard about the importance of keeping the level of fat in the diet to a minimum. While some fat in the diet is necessary, most Americans eat far too many fatty foods. Fats do play a vital role in the diet, including in the absorption of important fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. These vitamins are stored in fatty tissues, and dietary fat aids in this process.
Too much fat in the diet, however has been linked to high cholesterol, heart disease and even some kinds of cancers. Eating less fat, especially less saturated fat and trans fats, is an important part of adopting healthier eating habits.
For this reason, it is important to use foods that are high in dietary fats as an occasional snack or treat, and not as a staple of the diet. Many meats are high in fat, so it is important to choose lean cuts of meat whenever possible, and to trim excess fat from steaks and chops. Even some poultry can be high in fat, and for this reason, removing the skin from chicken, and avoiding fatting dark meat, is a good practice to follow. Continue Reading »
If you are one of those women who look flabby, you should start exercise and building up muscles in the tight place. According to fitness experts, muscle and fitness goes together so that means that you will look and feel healthier if you have more muscles in your body. Note that strong muscles in the right places could help prevent certain types of injuries so start a muscle and fitness program now.
What To Do
To get you started in the right direction, you need to come up with a good muscle and fitness plan. You don’t really have to enroll in a muscle and fitness program if you do not want to. You can always follow your own work-out plan. To make sure that can follow your muscle and fitness plan thoroughly; come up with a reasonable day to day plan. You also need to keep your gym stuff together in one place so that you will not spend so much time trying to find your things. When it comes to your diet, make a one week menu for your meals so that you will not have any problems. Continue Reading »