Many people don’t realise that proper nutrition is such a vital aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Find yourself feeling lethargic? Can’t get a great night’s sleep or always wake up feeling tired? Feeling hungry a lot of the time? Start by reviewing your nutrition and if there are any significant, or even small changes to your everyday life to help. After all, “you are what you eat”!
Changes You Can Make Everyday to Improve
- Drink more water: We all love a nice sugary drink on occasion, however it’s also very easy to fall into an unwanted routine where sugary drinks become your primary drink intake. This is because they can be highly addictive - plus, they are one of the more fattening things you can consume! If you love to have flavour, perhaps try a wedge of lime in water in place of a fizzy drink?
By drinking plenty of water - as close to the daily recommended 2 litres (or 6-8 glasses) as possible - you will find yourself having a lot more energy. This can spur you into doing more exercise, or after feeling the effects of being properly hydrated, could motivate you to also tweak some eating habits.
- Portion size and calorie intake: This one is pretty simple; if you’re eating the right foods then great, but your health can massively benefit from having the correct portion size - sometimes less is more! You will still receive the correct amount of nutrition your body needs, but will also reduce the chance of putting on weight or ingestion issues.
To help get you started on the right foods to eat and how much of each, you could seek the help of a Nutrition Coach.
- Get a good night’s sleep: Sleep is one of the most important contributors to a healthy body and mind. Many people don’t know, not getting enough or consistent sleep can actually have an effect on your body. It can contribute to obesity, affect your ability to metabolise carbohydrates and even mess up your appetite hormones.
Get the right amount of sleep and start the day with a big glass of water!
Subtle diet change: It’s a common thought that in order to improve your nutrition and be healthier, you need to eat a bunch of salads, cut out chocolate for fruits and only drink water. Whilst this is partly true, you certainly don’t need to completely erase your favourite food and drinks! Everything is okay in moderation.
Why not try cutting out biscuits for fruit a couple of times a week? Or swap one weekly meal out for a salad, or even just a healthier alternative (less salt, more fibre)?
- Exercise! Getting regular exercise has so many benefits, many of which we all know. However, did you know it can actually improve your metabolism? By exercising, you can reduce the level of belly fat, which in turn should improve your metabolism! Crazy, right?
Become a Nutrition Coach
Want to learn more about nutrition? Think you’d like to make a career of it? Here at The Training Room, we recently launched our fully online Level 4 Nutrition course!
Our Level 4 Certificate in Nutrition for Weight Management and Athletic Performance qualification aims to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competence to provide nutritional support, either as a Nutrition Coach or as part of their offering as a Personal Trainer.
Click below to find out more information, then go ahead and fill out your contact details for an Academy Assessor to get in touch to discuss in more detail.
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