How To Look After Your Biggest Asset: Your Health
When you’re 18 and your hormones are peaking, you will be at your most active physically.
You have energy for days and it seems like you can eat whatever you want.
At 18, metabolism is high and your body is a fat-burning engine.
But just because you look healthy on the outside does not mean you’re also healthy on the inside.
You should never neglect proper nutrition.
Here are 5 reasons why you need smart nutrition:
Poor eating habits are the leading cause of heart ailments and serious illnesses such as diabetes.
You could be a candidate for these diseases because of your family history.
Thus, even if you are physically active you could still be unhealthy because you are genetically predisposed to these conditions.
As a benefit, eating clean food will help you perform better in sports.
Food provides energy and nutrition through its macronutrient content and availability of vitamins and minerals.
But not all foods are created equal. Choose unprocessed over refined foods that have been overly processed they have lost their nutritional value.
As an example, make the following choices:
Carbohydrates: Wild Rice over White Rice
Protein: Lean Ground Beef over Hot Dogs
Fats: Natural Peanut Butter over Hydrolysed Peanut Butter
Now! The earlier you start following a healthy nutritional plan the better.
Remember that as you approach your 40’s, the level of testosterone production starts to decline.
This slows down your metabolism or your body’s natural ability to burn fat.
Also it is always advisable to start eating healthy at a young age because it helps develop good habits.
It is always better to prepare or eat your meals at home. Yes, it takes time to prepare food but the benefits have far – reaching consequences:
- Ensure quality of the ingredients
- You save more money rather than buying from a restaurant
And it does not take much time as long as you prepare ahead of time. The truth is, you only need to prepare food twice a week.
These are the best ways to prepare your food:
- Stewing- Meats
- Steaming – Vegetables and Meats
- Roasting/Grilling – Vegetables and Meats
Stews taste better the longer you store them in the refrigerator. Steaming preserves vitamins and minerals.
Roasting and grilling does not require much oil.
Prepare food good enough for 3-4 days and store in air-tight containers inside the fridge.
If you need to eat, just grab a container and warm it up.
By simply following the simple rules of smart nutrition, you can take your health and fitness program to another level.