Health & Wellness Tips

Overall health is one of the most important things in life; however, millions of people across the country are eating a poor diet and not getting the exercise that they need to maintain optimal health. There is an obesity epidemic in the United States and it is spearheaded by consuming excessive amounts of processed foods.

Not only can eating a healthy diet help you to lose weight, but the nutritional benefits can alleviate and avoid all types of internal problems that are caused by not exercising and eating poorly. Combine that with and you have a recipe for true weight loss success. The first and foremost thing to understand when attempting to get in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle is that it really is a lifestyle change. Many people go on a diet and assume that they will be on it for a while and at a certain point, nearly everyone reverts back to old habits. Rather than focusing on losing weight for a given period of time, the goal of a proper diet and exercise regime should be a transition in lifestyle that is maintained forever. Too many people repetitively start a diet, only to eventually gain all of the weight back after reverting back to eating poor quality foods and not exercising.


A lot of people attempt to exercise in order to lose weight and although this is absolutely a good thing, nutrition is often overlooked and this is perhaps the biggest mistake you can make. In reality, jogging for nearly an hour is not going to burn more than six or seven hundred calories, depending on your body weight of course, as well as other factors. A more accurate figure is probably around three hundred for most women and slightly higher for men. Three hundred calories is not very much, meaning that the most important thing by far is controlling what you put in your mouth.
In order to have a successful diet, you need to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight. If you have reached a desired weight, then you should be consuming around the same amount of calories that you expend throughout the day. Everyone is vastly different when it comes to metabolism and this may take a bit of time to figure out, but by tracking your calories you will be far more successful.

Dropping extra calories can be as simple as switching salad dressing brands and limiting toppings on the foods you eat. You would be shocked at how many calories can be eliminated from your day by slightly changing things of this nature. In reality, you can probably shave off more calories and lose more weight just administering these tactics, then if you were working out five or more times a week.


Diet is not the only part of the equation. However, regular exercise will do a ton of things not for your diet, but especially for your metabolism. Not only does exercising regularly get your heart rate up and burn calories, but it is going to boost your metabolism and your body will start naturally burning more calories, giving a big boost to your already restricted diet. It’s always best to consult with a personal trainer or a nutritionist and figure out a game plan. By going about nutrition and exercise in this manner, you will hopefully be able to make a lifestyle change, rather than simply going on a diet.