Amid the fad diets and infomercial exercise equipment, it’s often difficult to know what’s actually healthy. But with the help of Dr. Christopher Davis of Ogden Clinic, you can learn the basics of regular exercise and healthy eating.
How important is physical activity to maintaining a healthy diet?
Exercise is one of the best motivators for eating healthy. Rather than using food to relieve stress, exercise provides an ideal alternative. Exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress and make us feel good. Using exercise, you can regularly decrease stress to further establish patterns of healthy eating.
Is it possible to gain muscle and burn fat at the same time?
Absolutely. Cardiovascular exercise coupled with strength training can help you accomplish both goals at the same time. But it’s important to remember that if any exercise plan is going to produce results, you need to maintain your healthy diet. You can absolutely out-eat any exercise program if you’re not careful.
Is it more important to count calories or to carefully choose the kind of calories you eat?
The type of food you eat is more important than the amount. Eating the right kinds of foods in regular proportions satisfies your hunger while keeping sensible calorie counts.
What’s the easiest way to make healthy choices while shopping for food?
If the first ingredient is high-fructose corn syrup, put it back on the shelf. Beyond that, the USDA guidelines found at www.choosemyplate.gov are some of the best resources to help you properly proportion your food.
Is it a good idea to skip meals in order to cut calories?
Skipping any meal routinely is not healthy. Every meal is important. The ideal diet consists of three meals a day with healthy snacks in between. If you feel hungry, you should eat – but only until you’re satisfied. Listen to what your body is telling you, then respond in kind.
*Adapted from article first seen on KSL.com