Easy Fitness and Nutrition FundamentalsWhat you eat affects how you look and feel.
While we are supposed to be eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, we're eating closer to 3 servings. And when you get women out of the picture (they tend to eat more of the good stuff than men), only about one in five of us are eating as many servings as we should.
Meanwhile, we are eating a lot more meat than we need to eat. This is serious stuff. Not only because these eating habits tend to make us fat, but also because they predispose us to the chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and a variety of cancers that are the leading causes of death and disability.
In other words, the way most of us eat is quite literally killing us.
So What can we do about it?Simple Changes
It's almost absurdly easy to eat a healthful diet that will keep you lean, stoked, and satisfied. Forget about learning the minutia of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. You don't have to become an expert in nutrition. You certainly don't have to turn your eating habits into some kind of religion.
You can make it as complicated as you like, of course, but the truth is, you're better off (and going to be more likely to burn off that fat and keep it off) if you just eat a good healthful, sensible diet.
Go To Variety
This doesn't mean staggering your weekly stops at your local burger bar. What it means is working more grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, poultry, and dried beans into your diet.
The reason it's important to go for variety and eat more of these foods is that they supply you with much more of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber than do those burgers.