Maintain a dietary balance
ADDING is better than subtracting.
As a personal trainer, I am always talking to people about their exercise and eating habits. People are always keen to tell me about their diet and what they are and are not eating.
I commend people when it comes to willpower and commitment, but I have to tell you that I am not that good at sticking to all the rules and regulations of certain “diets” out there.
In fact, I don’t even try them, because I know that long-term, they are not sustainable. I need to be able to be consistent to stay healthy and fit.
I believe that depriving yourself of foods and drinks that you love will only lead to binge eating and drinking, or at least over-indulging in these areas. Our bodies are pretty amazing and we were meant to eat a whole range of foods. We need carbohydrates for energy, protein for growth and muscle health, fats for our cells, and vitamins and minerals for all-over body wellness.
Eliminating or severely reducing any of these will result in a nutritional imbalance. I also believe that we were given teeth to chew – so drinking meal replacements isn’t natural or healthy. One of the best ways to eat healthily is concentrating on what you can add to your diet, rather than what you need to take away. If you are eating more of the “good stuff”, then you won’t have the need or desire for the “bad stuff”.
There are certain groups out there that believe eating too much fruit or starchy vegetables can make you fat. I totally disagree.
In all the years I have been a trainer, I have never had someone come to me to lose weight because they ate too much watermelon, or sweet corn or bananas.
Trust me, it is not these things that make you fat.
Cutting out foods that are high in natural sugars can be bad for our brains. Our brains need those sugars to function at their best.
So rather than try to cut
Leanne Shorter I need to be able to be consistent to stay healthy
out all the bad things and follow too many rules, try adding more healthy foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and drink more water.
Leanne Shorter is a registered personal trainer with Fitness Australia. You can contact her at www.resistitbands.com.
HEALTHY EATING: Leanne Shorter believes you should think about what you can add to your diet, not subtract.