Over the past 30 years, the presence of obesity has rocketed within the UK. The reason for this is directly related to the type and amount of calories we consume. You can go to a marathon and see individuals who are able to run 26.2 miles but are still overweight. This is because many people are still eating more calories than they are burning through training.
Research has revealed that a poor diet can be as devastating to our health as smoking, physical inactivity, and alcohol with regards to lifestyle related diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and obesity. There is a false conception that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. Obviously, physical inactivity is a large factor in the development of obesity but not the sole cause!
The food industry often markets sugary drinks and convenience food as low calorie, however, many include a phenomenal amount of sugar. Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger! Furthermore, you can consume 800 calories in 3 minutes after eating 3 pieces of KFC fried chicken! This would take an hour and a half of intensive cardio exercise to burn off!
Many of us also overestimate how many calories we burn through exercise, this is because our bodies are highly efficient when performing movements… It is what we are designed to do! Additionally, a lot of the gym equipment we use falsely advertises how many calories you burn because they don’t take into account anything other than your age and weight.
A healthy diet is necessary to provide our body with fuel! The benefits of a healthy diet includes
- Reduce risk of obesity
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Boost immunity
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Increased energy
Superfoods which should be included within your diet include:
- Spinach (rich in omega-3s and folate).
- Yoghurt (rich in calcium and protein).
- Tomatoes (packed with antioxidant lycopene).
- Blueberries (rich in antioxidants, fibre and vitamins A and C).
- Black beans (rich in antioxidants, fibre and protein).
- Walnuts (rich in omega 3, anti-inflammatory polyphenols and protein).
- Oats (rich in fibre and muscle friendly energy).
The good news is if you are struggling with knowing what to eat and when to eat, our personal trainers are happy to help you with meal planning. Book your FREE consultation with Fierce Fitt and start your healthy lifestyle today!