What Do We Mean By The Adage 'You Are What You Eat'?

The foods and drinks you keep in your fridge and cupboards at home make a big difference to you achieving your fitness and well being goals. Foods are broken down into good foods and bad foods. The bad foods in my opinion are the ones you need to keep clear of and try not to consume too much of as they will hinder your progress. This shouldn't sound too surprising and you should know that eating these bad foods will do this.

Who has heard of the term 'you are what you eat'? Well, it is true and if you want to become a more healthy, fitter and better YOU then you need to watch what you eat. It is as simple as that. If you consume foods that are high in sugar, high in saturated fat, alcohol, fizzy drinks etc then I can tell you, you will not achieve your goals the way you have hoped to achieve them. The foods you eat are crucial to the way you are going to look and feel. How many of you after eating something bad feel bad for eating it? Or you feel depressed, sluggish, tired, moody? The reasons behind this is that these types of foods give you an instant sugar rush and will make you feel good for only a short period of time. Like most things, what goes up must come down and this is the same for when you eat these foods. After the high comes the low and this is when you feel tired and sluggish. You may even regret eating the food as you know it isn't good for you. Most of these sugary foods contain no nutritional value and as such result in what is called empty calories in your body. By this I mean, the body can't use it and therefore it is stored as fat on your body. So these foods that you love to eat are doing more harm than good. Sure, they may taste great but you need to LIMIT them and only have them sometimes and not rely on them or have them all the time.

One way I can help you is by making sure you only buy in foods that are healthy and nutritious so that you achieve your goals. The focus and end goal for you is to become healthier, fitter and feel great right? Well, in order to do this you need to eat the correct foods. Bright, green, fresh foods that do not contain chemicals and additives that will hinder your progress. A great tip for when you go to your local supermarket is to try to avoid buying in the foods that aren't good for you. Again, im talking about, crisps, chocolate, sweets, cakes, pastries. If you do not buy these foods and have them stored in your cupboards and fridge you are less likely to crave them as they aren't there. The body is very clever and if it's out of sight it will be out of mind. Make sure you stock your fridges and cupboards with healthier foods first.

Like most things everything in moderation is fine. So I am not saying you can't eat these bad foods as it is important to reward yourself with something from time to time. However, the message I want to get across is that if it isn't in your fridge, if it isn't at home then you are less likely to want to eat it. Only the other day this week I asked someone what their eating habits are like as they couldn't lose the weight they want to lose. The person said that he/she lived on fast food most days. This is an example of not achieving the goals he/she has set out to do because of the bad food that is being put into the body. With these things it is important to slowly reduce the amount of bad foods you are eating rather than completely cut them out altogether. The reason for this is that if you cut them out altogether within 7 days or so your body will start to crave them bad. When this happens you will revert back to your old ways and forget the healthy, eating approach. I don't want this to happen and I know you don't either.

So, moving forward from today, this is what I want you to do. Make a healthy shopping list of what foods you can eat and get these from your local supermarket. Fill your shopping trolley with healthy foods before you put the not so good stuff in. I want you to reward yourself with the right foods and only have the bad ones when you crave them. Remember, you are what you eat. So if you want to become a healthy and fit person, guess what? You got it, you need to eat the healthy and correct foods for your body. Keep up the good work :)

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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