EAT CLEAN, BE LEAN FOR 2013!!!
That's Strong in 1 motto for 2013!
Most people got the exercise down; we know if we don't move, we won't lose! But to lose weight in a healthy way, we must balance both exercise and diet and even more so, practice sound, healthy DIET. This is where most of us struggle. Knowing what, when and how much to eat can be confusing and in fact, nutrition is a science! So to help simplify, i've written down these simple, easy to do diet changes to help you jump start:
~ DRINK AT LEAST 1/2 YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES OF WATER
~ EAT A VARIETY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, GO FRESH!
~ CONSUME MORE RAW SEEDS, NUTS AND WHOLE GRAINS
~ STAY AWAY FROM PACKAGED & PROCESSED FOODS
~ READ FOOD LABELS, IF YOU CAN'T PRONOUNCE THE INGREDIENTS, DON'T EAT IT!
~ AVOID FAST FOOD, CHOOSE PLACES WITH HEALTHY MEAL CHOICES
~ JUST SAY “NO” TO SODAS
~ SIP IN THE BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
In making these changes, in a little bit of time you will see and feel positive changes happenning to your body. Once you got these down, take on additionally healthy changes.
Other ways to GET LEAN.....
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOAL(S) & LOOK AT IT EVERYDAY!
Did you get your STRONG in 1 bookmark and goal marker this year? It looks like this.....(copy and print this if you like)
Keeping it where you can always see it helps you stay on track. At the end of 2013, imagine how cool it would be to look at your bookmark and see how you have hit or passed your GOAL(S)!
Weigh and measure yourself, including Body Fat percentage and take a fitness test done as soon as possible, then write your stats down. Every 6-12 weeks, re-measure and re-test. Again, keeping on top of these will help you stay on track and add motivation to push forward for the next few weeks.
GET PLENTY OF REST!!!
Our bodies are a strong machine, but part of being strong is getting rest. Rest plays a very important role: it helps revives achy bodies, repairs muscles and replenish fuel and energy. An overworked body getting no rest may result in lack of motivation, a lower metabolism which may result in weight gain, poor exercise performance and may even result in injuries while working out. So, don't forget, rest your body and rest your mind.
LASTLY, BE HAPPY!!!
Have a positive and happy outlook in life no matter what's going on. If you are having a bad day, pouting and being negative won't make your day less gloomier, shake it off and SMILE, whether you feel like it or not, fake it till you make it and eventually you will find a reason to SMILE and no longer have to force it.
I hope these few pointers will help health seekers and beginner exercisers jump start their 2013, I hope you have a WONDERFUL BREAKTHROUGH NEW YEAR TO A NEW YOU!!!!
***As with any new exercise or diet program, please consult your doctor and get his or her approval before starting one. STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY......AND EAT LEAN & GET LEAN IN 2013!!!
, KAT Johnson, CPT, FNE