Nutrition and fitness are very important to your life. Not just the length of your life but, much more importantly, to the quality of your life. If you do not understand how to maintain high levels of fitness and how to get quality nutrition into your body, your quality of life is gone. It's just that simple, and there are no exceptions. You will not have the energy you should have, you will not be as productive as you could be, and you will not even be as attractive sexually as you could be without proper nutrition and fitness.
Many people wonder just what it takes to maintain high levels of nutrition and fitness. Below are some basic, elementary tips to those ends.
1. Set realistic goals. If you want to increase your levels of fitness and nutritional intake, you have to set goals. These goals should be ambitious but, at the same time, realistic. If you're 50 pounds overweight, you do not want to set a goal of being able to run 10 miles in less than an hour within two weeks (especially if you've been into running before). You need to set short term, intermediate, and long term goals. Perhaps you can be running 10 miles in less than an hour a year from now (depending on your age and other physiological factors). But right now your goal has to be to start running for maybe 15 minutes at a relatively slow pace at a time, to help yourself start melting the unwanted pounds.
2. Prepare yourself to be fitter by eating better. This may be quite uncomfortable for you at first, but if you want the level of fitness and nutrition that you desire and deserve you have no choice but to bite the bullet and make the change immediately. This means throw out the processed foods, the junk food snacks, and all of those sweets that you're always eating and drinking. What you must eat is a high protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits and veggies, low starch, low sugar diet. Get rid of refined grains and starches exclusively. That means: no more white bread; only long grain or wild rice; and even, yes, giving up french fries (but see below).
3. Stop drinking soda, fruit punch, processed iced tea, and the like and start drinking filtered or mineral water. Other things that are healthy to drink are herbal teas without sugar (sweeten with stevia or honey), black coffee, and green tea without sugar.
4.You can give yourself one nutritional "cheat day" each week, for this will help keep you motivated to stay disciplined the other six days as you look forward to rewarding yourself with a "holiday". On this holiday you can eat french fries and drink soda and the like. But-only drink soda or have other sweets that are made with real sugar. Avoid high fructose corn syrup like a plague!
5. Do not count calories. Instead, count where they come from. Forget meal replacements or skipping breakfast. Eat the way it's suggested above and you can eat your fill-and you should, because you need nourishment for energy.