Getting fit and healthy isn’t as difficult as you might think. Yes, you do have to work hard, devote yourself to your workout regime and eat healthier, but you’ll soon notice the results.
If you have decided to kick start a healthy lifestyle after being inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, which made you think about your own health, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips showing you how you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods, without all the added fat, sugar and calories.
People often think that carbohydrates are bad for you if you are trying to lose weight but this isn’t necessarily true. If you are working out then carbohydrates are essential for keeping up your energy and stamina. But instead of white pasta, choose whole wheat. And rather than cooking it in a cream or cheese sauce (which is full of fat and high in calories) opt for a tomato sauce or simply enjoy your pasta tossed in some extra virgin olive oil and herbs. Rather than garlic bread on the side, have a salad or a piece of toasted rye or sourdough bread.
Avoid high fat snacks like chocolate cookies and crisps; instead choose something more substantial like a handful of nuts and fruit. The nuts provide plenty of protein which is vital for repairing muscles after a workout, and the fruit will give you extra fiber.
Desserts don’t have to be off limits. Have some berries, melon, or other fruits as dessert. Puddings can be very calorific, especially if they are cream based; make a healthy version by combining low fat yogurt with berries and a drizzle of honey.
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