Friday, 20 July 2012

FITSPIRATION #2

I'm really enjoying these health and fitness style posts right now and I hope you all are too! I promise this isn't all I'll be blogging about from now on though, I just feel like I want to blog about more than one thing on here, as this is supposedly and Fashion and Lifestyle blog ;)
Anyway! Today I wanted to give some tips on eating right and getting your five a day etc etc etc. I briefly touched on it in my last fitspiration post, but I thought I'd go into a little more detail this time.

I personally don't think you have to get too hung up on what you eat, as getting too obsessed can lead to getting it very very wrong. Less is definitely not always the way too lose weight or be healthy. So on with my tips! Please, please remember, I am in no way a professional or nutritionist and all that jazz, so take this with a pinch of salt (small one, too much salt's unhealthy dontcha know ;D) and don't go suing me if I get things a tad wrong. I'm definitely not about to give you all a new diet plan, just a few tips on motivating yourself to eat better!

Stop Counting
I'm not sure if this is controversial or not, but I really don't believe in counting calories. To some extent, it's fine. If you want to know how many calories are in certain foods to see which is the lighter choice, then go for it. But 2000 calories a day of healthy foods, is going to have a very different effect on your body than 2000 calories of pizza, ice cream and doritos.

Mindful, not Mindless
Mindless eating is something that I'm pretty sure everyone can be guilty of every now and again. If you don't really know what mindless eating is, it's pretty much when you eat when you're not hungry, without thinking about it. Examples of this are if you have a huuuge bag of sweets/ crisps etc etc and you're distracted, maybe watching TV or something, and before you know it, the whole bag's gone. You're not really hungry, but it's just there. So because you're distracted, you're not thinking and you eat it anyway. There are ways to avoid this though, if you're going to have something unhealthy, put some in a small bowl instead, at least that way it's controlled.
If you're someone who likes to have enough to pick on throughout a whole movie, popcorn (preferably a low sugar/ salt kind!) is one of the lighter options, or maybe you could have something like carrot sticks, raspberries, grapes or something similar. (I wouldn't recommend carrot sticks in a cinema though, you will piss off pretty much everyone in the room)

Think about it
Are you really hungry? Sometimes, your body will think it's hungry, even when you know you shouldn't be. Say, if you've just finished a meal or you know you've had enough food for the day. There are many ways to stop yourself feeling like this though!
Re-think the hunger, are you only feeling like it because you're bored? If so, distract yourself, the best way is to exercise. I'm pretty much never hungry while/ just after I exercise and I still have adrenaline pumping through me afterwards and eating's the last thing on my mind. And hey, even if you do eat after, at least you don't have to feel so guilty ;)
Drink some water, your body can and will often mistake thirst for hunger. This won't work if you are genuinely hungry and haven't had enough to eat though, so don't even think about drinking water for breakfast!

Space it out
Are you eating regularly enough? Three big meals a day might seem about right, but what about those gaps in between? And don't even consider skipping breakfast. If you don't eat often enough, particularly in the morning, you are training your metabolism to slow down. It's true! Try to eat slightly smaller meals with a snack inbetween breakfast and lunch and one between lunch and dinner. Your metabolism will speed up as it's having to work harder, without having too much food at once. 

YOLO
Always remember, you do only live once, so don't completely cut out anything bad. If you deprive yourself, that's what will lead you to crash and give in and probably end up having too much bad stuff, making up for lost time, or lost pizza at it may be ;)
Do enjoy the things you enjoy, have a chinese takeaway every now and again, or some chocolate when you fancy it. Just don't do it too often, having a little treat every now and again keeps your metabolism guessing, therefore making it work harder. Just not too often!

And of course.
Motivational pictures!
Remember, eating right makes you feel better, who doesn't want to eat yummy healthy food and be healthy and happy?
Enjoy!






Bon Appetite!

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1 comment:

  1. great post, I completely agree with everything you said! :)

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