Five Tips for your health to keep in mind!
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism. Contrary to what many people believe it is not beneficial for you to skip breakfast, or lunch just so you don’t consume the extra calories. Instead, this causes your body to be unsure when the next meal is coming and holds on to what you put in your body instead of burning that as fuel for energy.
- Small, frequent meals are the best way to aid in weight loss. This increases your metabolism and keeps your body burning foods as fuel throughout the day.
- Portion control is one of the most difficult concepts to achieve. The American diet today has focused on bang for your buck, although this is not always the healthy option. It is important to focus on cutting costs where possible, but save the other half of your lasagna, or pasta from that Italian restaurant for lunch tomorrow. A large consumption of carbs at one time leads to a crash shortly after eating them, and this makes you tired and sluggish.
- Substitute unhealthy foods with healthy foods. Small changes, such as cutting out sugary drinks like coca cola, sugary coffee drinks, and juices can aide in weight loss. Instead, substitute with fruits that have a high level of antioxidants, such as berries, apples, peaches, mangos, or melons. Antioxidants aide in offsetting the harmful effects of free radicals in the body, which cause cancer, atherosclerosis, and other conditions.
- Perform at least one healthy activity per day. Please do not use the excuse that you “do not have time.” I will kindly say, EVERYONE has time for their health. I challenge you to wake up twenty minutes earlier than you normally would and perform the following exercise for one week.
Perform this exercise 3 times continuously: 20 squats, 10 lunges per leg while standing in place, 20 jumping jacks, 10 sit ups, and 1 minute jog while standing in place. Get your heart rate up, and you’ll be glad you did it! Not only does physical activity raise your metabolism and assist in weight loss, but it also reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and improves your mood.
Rachel is a health enthusiast, that has competed in bodybuilding competitions over the last four years, and continually helps people reach their goals. Taking a break from bodybuilding, she’s now solely focused on training classes, meal planning, and helping her clients build a better lifestyle.
Rachel is also a Registered Nurse, and has a passion to share her knowledge with others!