Good Health Begins with Diet and Exercise

´╗┐Good Health Begins with Diet and Exercise

Diet and Exercise – Secrets Of Good Health
A balanced diet and physical activity are the two
time-tested secrets of good health. If you are overweight
and want to shed some pounds, regular exercise has
repeatedly proven itself as the most effective way to
achieve permanent weight loss. Though dieting can often help
you reach your weight loss goals quicker and more
drastically, you will eventually gain back all of the weight
lost during your diets once you get back into your old
eating habits. Rather than entering the cycle of yo-yo
dieting and rapid gains and losses, it is much more sensible
and healthy to gradually change your eating habits, and to
embark on a fun and consistent exercise program.
For years, a low-fat or low-calorie diet was considered the
only cure for obesity. However, these diets tended to
increase your appetite. Now, it’s been determined that a
low-carb diet is more practical and effective. Low-carb
diets are low in carbohydrates and higher in proteins, fats
and oils. You appetite remains under control because fatty
foods satisfy the cravings most people have. By eating a
diet higher in fat actually increases weight loss faster
than if you were fasting. You should avoid trans-fats and
only eat fats such as olive oil and flax seed oil
A low-carb diet is primarily a high fat diet and an adequate
protein diet. It should be accompanied with adequate
physical activity, which does not necessarily mean tiring
yourself with workouts your body cannot take for long. On
the contrary, simple physical activity is sufficient,
especially if you are leading a sedentary lifestyle. Even
fifteen minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference
in how you look and feel. Once you begin to see the changes
taking place in your body, you will find enough motivation
to do more.
Always consult with your physician before starting any
exercise program. This will ensure your body can take the
strain of exercise. Your doctor will want to know how much
exercise you plan on doing and for how long.
If you have never embarked on an exercise program before,
you might consider joining a gym or hiring a personal
trainer. Most health clubs offer a wide variety of free
classes to their members, ranging from the more traditional
aerobics and stair-stepping classes to more specialized
classes like yoga and kickboxing. You can hire a private
trainer, or you can enlist the help of a health club
employee.
It is important to remember when exercising that you should
focus on getting healthy more than the numbers on your
scale. Many people gain a little weight when they first
begin an exercise program because they are building muscle.
As a rule, muscle weighs more than fat. As you gain muscle
you’ll start burning more calories and fat. So even if you
choose not to diet and only exercise, you can still loose
weight. It is also important to eat well balanced healthy
meals to sustain you through your workout sessions.

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