As we are all aware of when it comes to being healthy and improving your fitness, you cannot ignore your nutrition. When it comes to healthy eating, it is not just about avoiding junk food and eating vegetables; it is also about fuelling your body for a healthy lifestyle and creating healthy habits that last. Here are the best healthy eating habits that you need to follow if you are a fitness enthusiast:
Sustain Your Body
If you are regularly working out, you cannot ignore what your body needs to not just function, but maintain. While calorie counting may not be a suitable solution for everyone, you need to be aware of how much food your body needs. The amount of calories that you need differs from person to person, as it is dependant on your current weight, your goal weight (if you intend to lose weight), and your workout routine. Particularly if you are working out a lot, you have to make sure that you are taking in enough nutrients to sustain your body during exercise, without overeating too much (which can lead to weight gain).
Whole Foods Only
Just because you are creating healthy habits does not mean that you have to eat salads every day or that you need to restrict yourself when it comes to certain foods. The best habit to form is to eat whole foods that are unprocessed and packed with nutrients. By avoiding the empty calories of processed foods and unnecessary sugar, you will quickly and easily be able to create a healthy diet that will help you get the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
Consistency Is Key
Being consistent is one of the best habits that you can have when it comes to nutrition. While one cheat meal won’t ruin your progress, an easy way to keep yourself on track to reach your goals is to be consistent in your diet. Once you have worked out what kind of diet works for you (e.g. Keto, whole foods, high fat/low carb etc.) try and stick to it as much as possible, because once you’ve built the habit, you won’t have to work so hard on eating healthy – it will be second nature!
Love Your Diet
Many of us might baulk at the word diet, associating it with fads that force you to cut sugar or carbs or fats. However, you can create your own diet that is not scary and does not force you to cut out anything that you don’t want to. Of course, we would not recommend designing yourself a diet that consists of take-a-ways and chocolate, but you should create a diet for yourself that you will genuinely enjoy! If you don’t like salads or hate the standard meat/veg/carb plate, experiment with dishes that you like and find some healthy foods that you will look forward to eating regularly.
Prepare Your Food and Snacks
Meal prepping is something you have probably seen on Instagram, but it can be a great way to build the habit of eating healthy on the regular. If you have meals prepared in the fridge, or even just the ingredients prepped and ready to be cooked, you will be more likely to eat healthier food than pick an unhealthy option. Another tip is to prepare snacks as well! Whether it’s a hand made healthy snack or a healthier replacement of your favourite cheat snack, having it on hand means that you can make healthier decisions with ease.
If you are keen on learning more about healthy eating habits, then you need to do our Specialised Nutrition Course. Find out more by following this link.