By now your new year resolution list may be have been written, edited, re-written and maybe even framed. But if nutrition is not a part of it, you might want to redo it.
To begin with, you may feel you eat properly, it is just some physical activity that you are lacking. As a result, you may have very strict fitness resolutions pertaining to workouts, workout frequency and what not. But you know that will go in vain if you don’t monitor your eating habits.
First of all, let’s just get this straight- You can’t out-train a bad diet. You just can’t. So if you eat junk all the time and “burn” it out at the gym, you are still harming your body. In the long term.
Good nutrition impacts your health and thereby impacts the quality of your life. How? Here are some reasons that might convince you.
Reasons Why Nutrition is Important
A Healthy Diet Helps Maintain Your Energy Levels
You think a chocolate milkshake gives your more energy that fresh fruit juice? Think again. You may feel a sudden bolt of energy but what about the lethargy you feel later? Unhealthy foods have the crash and burn effect on your body. Your body absorbs a lot of refined sugar from the chocolate milkshake and gives you that spurt of energy that doesn’t last long.
On the contrary, fruits have natural sugars that keep you energised and active all through the day.
A Healthy Diet Helps Maintain A Healthy Weight
There’s is no diet pill or surgery or workout routine that lets you eat whatever you want and still expect weight loss. You know that, don’t you? However, an unhealthy diet is often a diet is often a direct cause of weight gain. And you know obesity is a leading cause of so many diseases.
So, if you want to keep your weight in control, you know you can’t hog pizzas and burgers every day.
A Healthy Diet Boosts Your Immune System
Multiple studies have directly linked unhealthy diet to immunodeficiencies worldwide. In an immuno-nutrition workshop in Mexico, a study revealed that obesity weakens a person’s immune system.
So you will be more prone to cold, flu and other infectious diseases. On the other hand, good nutrition provides natural vitamins and minerals which strengthen your immune system.
A Healthy Diet Keep Chronic Diseases Away
Now, this is a no-brainer. Obesity itself is one of the leading causes of heart diseases, diabetes and joint-related ailments. Not just that, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S., more young people are suffering from type 2 diabetes just because of unhealthy eating habits and over-weight.
So, good nutrition becomes vital for a healthy life.
A Healthy Diet Gives You Good Mental Health
Did you know that America’s Mental Health Foundation revealed that two-thirds of the people who follow a healthy diet do not suffer from any mental issues? On the hind-side, people suffering from mental ailments generally reported eating less healthy and more unhealthy foods.
When your diet is full of essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, you get a sense of well-being, thereby reducing your stress levels.
A Healthy Diet Gives You Good Skin
Ever noticed the glow on the face of people who have fruits regularly? Foods which contain vitamins C and E, lycopene and other antioxidants, and even olive oil, protects your skin against the damage caused by the sun. As a result, they keep your skin healthy.
A Healthy Diet Increases Your Focus
Food actually can affect your thoughts. Remember how you don’t feel like working when you are hungry or have eaten too much? You lose focus. And it’s natural. Diets high in fat and cholesterol can seriously damage your brain as they develop plaque inside your brain vessels. As a result, your brain does not receive the energy it needs to remain focused.
Eating healthy foods thereby let your mind stay engaged and focused.
Now we can’t really chalk out a diet plan for you. But there are certain habits that can prevent you from unhealthy dietary intake.
So here’s a list of new year resolutions that will ensure that you eat the right things, the right way in 2019.
Nutrition based New Year Fitness Resolutions
Drink two litres of water every day
You may know this. But do you really follow this? How often do you forget to drink water when you get busy in a meeting or while you are attending some guests? Well, if you make a resolution that you will drink water regularly, it is more likely to become a habit. So put this on your list now.
Eat after every 2-3 hours
How often do you skip meals just busy at work and then when you get the chance you binge eat. Now your brain starts thinking that you plan to starve your body later. As a result, it makes your body take in every calorie possible from the meal you intake and store it as fat.
On the contrary, if you eat after every 2-3 hours, your brain tells your body to absorb in moderation as another meal would be on its way soon. So, be smart and resolve to eat at regular intervals.
One bowl of raw fruits/vegetables with every meal
There is a good reason why your mom is after your life to eat their fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. These help moderate your body’s acidic response to protein and grains. And it also reduces your appetite for junk. So, isn’t this a good resolution for 2019?
Take more than 20 minutes to finish your meal
You are always in a hurry to finish your food. But you know, your body doesn’t rush as you do. Your body needs 20 minutes for the sensation of fullness to kick in. So when you eat too quickly, by the time your brain tells you to stop eating, you would have already over-eaten. Hence, the long-term goal should be taking more than 15-20 minutes to consume each meal.
Eat until you are not hungry, not until you are full
Ideally, you should stop eating when you feel 80% full so that you don’t over-eat. This improves your overall appetite cues, digestion and workout performance as well. And this is also one of the habits of people who live the longest. So, will this be on your resolution list or not?
With that said, don’t restrict yourself too much. It’s fine to cut yourself some slack once in a while. But don’t forget to take a nutritious diet in 2019.
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