Food is important because you need to eat to live. However, what you eat, how you eat, when you eat are also equally important. For better health, you need to eat right. Eating right means eating balanced diet, eating in frequent intervals, eating right quantity, eating healthy and nutritious food.
If you don’t feed your body with the right food, there will be an adverse effect on how your body performs and your overall health. You eat to live, you also need to eat healthy for better health and fitness. Interestingly, there are many myths regarding eating. Here are some common myths related to eating that hinders your performance.
Working out on an empty stomach
A commonly held belief tells you that you should avoid eating before exercise. However, this is not true. You should eat light before working out or doing physical/mental labor. If your stomach is empty, how will you get strength to do hard work? Always eat light before you work out. You need to avoid heavy eating though.
Energy bars and energy drinks
They say energy bars and energy drinks provide you instant energy. It is true. However, you will have to avoid relying on energy bars and energy drinks because they do not have nutritious value. You don’t get necessary minerals, vitamins and fibers from such food and drinks. Instead of energy bars and drinks, eat fruits and vegetables.
In order to avoid putting more calories in the body, some people skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast is really a bad idea. Once you wake up, your body needs energy to get going. Starting a day with a good breakfast provides necessary fuel for your body.
Low carbohydrate diets
In the recent times there have been a lot of talks on low carb diets such as atkins diet, ketogenic diets etc. If you are overweight, you need to avoid carbs, however, for a normal person, carbohydrates is very necessary as it builds your muscles and provides energy for your body.
Eating what you want
You might love chocolates, ice creams, red meat etc. However, you need to understand that many foods are just to please your taste buds. You are hungry does not mean you have an excuse to eat anything. You work our lot does not mean you can get away with eating anything that you can get.
Not enough calories
Some people avoid eating to lose weight. You might be able to lose some pounds by not eating, however, this is not a good way to lose weight. You should always avoid losing weight fast. Make sure you are taking the required calories. Remember, your body needs calories to perform well.
Skip soda, carbonated drinks and alcohol
You might live for a week without food, however, you cannot live more than 3 days without water. Some people try to replace the water with soda, carbonated drinks and alcohol. This is very bad. Instead of soda and carbonated drinks, try to replenish body fluids with water, fruit juice, and milk. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. By the time you get thirsty, your body is already running out of fluids.
Changing your eating habit will make you healthy and fit. Eating right food in the right time and in the right quantity will improve your body’s performance. If you eat healthy, you will not only live long, but live healthy as well.