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The Secrets to Eating Healthy

Can't get rid of that spare tire? Sit ups alone will not do the trick. A well planned exercise routine targeting certain muscles along with a healthy diet is the key to success. Just because you workout regularly, does not give you a license to eat donuts and fries every day. That was a little harsh, but it is true. If you want to see weight loss results in those problem areas then listen up.

You are what you eat, literally so avoid artificial additives, preservatives and sweeteners for obvious reasons. Begin your morning with breakfast cereal containing at least 5 grams of fiber and no more than 8 grams of sugar per serving. Add one fruit or vegetable to every meal and you will feel energized throughout the day. Replace carbs (I know, I love bread and butter with every meal, too) with whole grains (brown rice instead of white). Cook from scratch, which is healthier than processed and packaged food. Processed meats like ham, salami, hot dogs, and bacon contain nitrates that are linked to cancer cardiovascular disease. They are also high in saturated fats and salt which will only add to unwanted body fat.

Maintaining a healthy diet makes you feel good physically and mentally. Stay away from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and illegal drug use which are all stimulants that destroy precious cells. To stay hydrated all day carry a reusable water bottle everywhere you go. Get enough calcium to build strong bones by drinking milk or calcium fortified orange juice, or by snacking on yogurt. Eat at least two vegetarian meals a week with chickpeas, lentils, tofu, or black beans which will provide lean protein. Many supermarkets carry frozen meatless meals that have the same consistency as regular meat. You will be surprised to find an abundance of fun soy products to choose from, also. Indian and Japanese cuisines both have a variety of vegetable based meals so have be adventurous and try something new!

Lyla Feldman writes about health and fitness. Some of her favorite passions include writing about energy drinks and natural sleep aids.

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