Be the smart one and choose to eat smart

There is no denying that the lifestyles experienced by most of those who live in developed societies have undergone some marked changes over the course of the past few decades.

The evidence of this in South Africa, as in many other countries, is hard to miss and is to be seen in the increasing number of citizens that are either visibly overweight or, in many cases, frankly obese. Sadly, appearances alone have failed to spur sufficient people to pursue the rather obvious corrective action, namely, to be smart and choose to eat smart.

While many overweight individuals accept the importance of exercise and respond by joining a gym or taking up jogging, it can often be more difficult for them to modify their eating habits. Our lives are too often spent on the move. The long commute to work will often necessitate an early start and missing out on the chance of a healthy breakfast, a loss that, far too often, will later be compensated for with a sugary, starchy snack. At lunchtime, many remain at their desk and order in pizza or a burger, only to finish their day by stopping to buy more takeaways on the homebound commute. One doesn’t need to be particularly smart to see that this is no way to eat smart.

OK, the reality is that the most effective route to a slimmer and fitter you will be to combine a suitable course of exercise with a healthier diet. While exercise alone can help you shed a lot of kilos, the effort will largely have been in vain if continued poor-eating habits result in an ongoing battle to preserve that newly-recovered physique.

So, what is the solution? What constitutes a healthy diet? While many of those who may be hoping to lose weight and get fit may have a sincere desire to be smart, they do not necessarily understand what is required to eat smart.

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In effect, the term means ensuring that one’s body has an adequate supply of all the essential nutrients needed to cope with both work and exercise, and to remain healthy whilst doing so. In too many cases, diets are simply designed to avoid certain foods and impose portion control with little attention to nutritional needs.

Fortunately, our trainers at Body20 studios are aware of this oversight and offer a range of meal replacement and nutritional supplements under the world-class USN label. This ensures that those who elect to enroll in a Body20, EMS fitness programme and who are willing to be smart will be given every opportunity to ensure that they can both exercise and eat the smart way.

So if you are looking to lose weight and gain lean muscle fast, you should incorporate both a balanced eating plan, as well as maintain a regular training schedule. 

Author: Mariska du Plessis

Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, a writer, photographer, videographer and Wellness Blogger.

Follow her on Instagram: @justmariska_

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