Diet Fitness: Health Nutrition Wellness

By: Lindelwa Maseko


Perhaps the desire to be fit and healthy has become so popular because of the rise in weight problems. This may be because we are bombarded with images of men and women who are attractive and obviously very fit, that make us feel a little inadequate. Health clubs, gyms and many others have as a consequence become much busier and the trend looks to continue.

On television, exercise machines, weight loss products, and other paraphernalia to improve fitness have made a huge impression on the audiences whose homes they invade on a daily basis. The way we eat and the types of food we consume also play a major role in our overall health and fitness so the two should really be emphasized as a joint effort.

Our diet and our fitness are two halves of the same coin and need to be worked together as it is the food we consume that will determine how quickly we can repair cells and tired parts of our body. The subject is broad and many different, often opposing, opinions are aimed at us and because of this it is often confusing deciding on which course of action to take like the high-carb versus the high-fat debate which seems to continue without being resolved.

The first thing you need to know would be the fundamental differences between these two diet approaches because as the name implies, high-carb diets concentrates on taking in carbohydrate-rich foods while high fat diets endorses fat-rich foods. The more traditional high-carb diet camp says you need to have carbohydrates because the glycogen or glucose is stored in the muscles ready for use when performing anaerobic or what we term, short and rapid exercise.

Whereas, fat is a rich source of calories with two and a half times more than proteins and carbohydrates whilst fat metabolizes in an eighth of the time it does for carbohydrates. So a person can follow a high-carb and low fat fitness diet or the other way around but it is not recommended to follow both at the same time; unless of course if you want to gain body fat.

If your aim is to lose body fat then you will need to stick to a diet fitness routine but remember this is not just a short term goal. Research shows that sustainable loss of weight can only be achieved on a diet which suits the individual food preferences, lifestyle and medical profile.

Many diets can help you lose weight but to maintain it requires something that will make you feel good about yourself as well as making you feel healthy and that often means eating some of the things you like but in moderation. A person must be careful not to leave out important nutrients plus other substances necessary for healthy body functioning and health organizations are clear about the amounts of nutrients an individual should have in the body.

Finding the right diet fitness program that matches your needs and ensures you stay on it are the hardest part of this but if you can manage it, you will have found a way to stay fit and healthy for a very long time.

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