Simple Tips On How To Feel Better Part 3
Welcome to the latest installment of my series “Simple tips on how to feel better – Part 3″.
11. Stop Counting Calories
When people talk about their diet, the word “Calories” normally pops up within 30 seconds of conversation! The funny thing is that most people don’t even understand why they are talking about calories.
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People think that by eating a low calorie diet that they are being “healthy”. What they don’t realise is that Calories always have and always will play second fiddle to hormones.
If you have a hormonal imbalance in your body then no amount of calorie control will fix this as the hormones will dictate what happens when you consume food.
If you have tried all the special diets and weight loss programmes and you still keep putting on weight you may want to get some hormone testing done to really find out what is going on.
Also if you eat a varied diet and keep active, the amount of calories you eat wont matter as much, providing that you are taking them from the correct sources.
12. Check your food labels before you buy them
Next time you are in the supermarket doing your grocery shopping, make a point of looking at the food label on the products you are buying. As I mentioned in Part 1, restricting sugar in the diet i one of the best things you can do to feel better and stay healthy.
Sugar is a carbohydrate and when you look at the label if the carbohydrate content is high (over 15g of sugar per 100g) and specifically the (of which sugars) section, you are taking in quite alot of sugar.
And that’s just one product! Also be careful to check the weight of the product as sometimes the food label only has values listed for a fraction of the products actual weight.
Be sure to multiply the values to get a true reading. (Fizzy drinks are notorious for only displaying partial food values).
13. Eat smaller portions more regularly
When you consume food, the body produces insulin to help break down the food and as a result blood sugar levels rise. If you are consuming alot of food per meal, insulin levels will be higher again.
Added to that, if you are consuming sugary foods, insulin levels will be sky high. We all know the saying “What goes up, must come down”, this is especially true of insulin levels following a meal.
The insulin crash that happens after eating sugary foods causes you to feel sluggish, tired and cranky. The key to avoiding these insulin crashes is to regulate blood sugar levels by eating smaller portions more often.
This will help to keep a more steady blood sugar level which will help you be more productive and have more energy all day ,every day.
14. Eat more healthy fats
Modern society has been brainwashed by the fitness and weight loss industry to think that fats should be avoided at all costs. This simply isn’t true. Healthy animal fats are part of a balanced diet and are essential for a healthy immune system.
Trans-fats on the other hand, are particularly bad for you. The source of fat in your diet is whats important. Foods like fish oils, avocados and nuts all contain very healthy fats and should be a part of your diet if you are serious about your health.
15. Always eat after a training session
The 45-60 minute window after you train is one of the most important times to eat. You have depleted your muscles of lots of nutrients and you need to replace these in order to reap the benefits of your training session.
Whether you are in the gym or on the track you must eat after you train. Post training, you should ensure that your meal includes good quality protein and carbohydrates which will refuel your muscles and set your body up in the best possible way to adapt to the training stress that you have just applied to it.