In order to have sustainable weight loss, adequate nutrition intake habits is crucial for our body to function optimally.
Did you know that due to our hectic lifestyle, most adults are not getting adequate nutrition on a daily basis. Back in the 19th and 20th century, a lack of nutrition is an issue because most people do not have easy access to nutritional products and food. However, it is currently very different, time has changed and most of us in fact will be spoiled for choices and options on what kind of nutritional products to take and with the abundance of food most of us currently are fortunate enough to have.
Many of us knows the importance of having sufficient amount of nutrition, but the question is whether the bulk of us actually seek to get sufficient amount of it. Most families have a very busy lifestyle nowadays, we tend to spend a lot of our time at our desks and on the road. Due to time constraints, a lot of us succumb to the temptation of fast food and comfort food. Unfortunately, these are the types of food that our doctors will advice against, mainly because it has very poor nutritional value and it is typically high in fat content and sugar. If fast food and comfort food are taken in excess, without the adequate amount of nutrition, we may be setting ourselves up for many chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer.
Therefore, it is crucial that as we move on further with our lives, we need to ensure that we have the right amount of nutrition we are placing in our body in order to handle the grueling day-to-day challenges that we constantly face.
Please refer to the following site for the exact amount of nutrition (vitamins and minerals etc.) required for an adult:
Consequences of not getting enough nutrition:
A lot of us tend to think “So what if I do not have enough nutrition?! I could still survive!”… While it may be true that one can still survive with some amount of nutrition but the fact is that you may be slowly and gradually allowing your body to deteriorate and be more susceptible to being sick or getting chronic diseases.
We need to be clear that when our body do not get sufficient nutrients (and the right nutrients), our body does not repair completely and we are unable to effectively heal and generate new cells. And for those that are athletic and have a goal of losing weight, without the right nutrition, your body will not be able to burn fat and build muscles as efficiently as we would like our body to.
So how did this lack of nutrient issue came about? One noticeable issue that I could observe with my previous habit and with many of those around me is that most adults and children are not getting an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Think about the dishes that most working adults have for lunch (or even dinner) on a daily basis, is it heavily garnished with greens/vegetables? After each meal, is there a side serving of fruits along with it? Rarely! is the answer that I mostly get from friends around me. Some people are aware that this is an issue but they tend to brush it off as a non-issue.
What is the amount of fruits and vegetables all of us require on a daily basis?
According to the 2005 American dietary guidelines, we should be consuming five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetable on a daily basis. I would dare to say that a majority of adults and children does not even come close to eating this amount of servings of fruits and vegetables!
Personally, I do not consistently eat this amount of fruits and vegetables each day due to my busy lifestyle (I travel for work and it is a constant challenge to be able to find a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables to eat). Despite the reality of having a very busy lifestyle (like most of you do), I do know that I certainly need the right amount of nutrients in order to sustain my heavy work schedule, exercises, and to sustain my weight-loss as well. Therefore, one of my options is to consider nutrition supplements to fill in the void.
Here are a few types of nutrition products that I consume on a daily basis:
(2) Phytonutrient tablet/capsules (fruit/plant nutrients)- to ensure I have sufficient nutrients
(4) Green-tea extracts (boost metabolism)
(6) Protein Powder (to ensure I have sufficient amino acid source to build muscles)
With the nutrition products above, I am re-assured that my body recovers well after a grueling day at work and from my daily exercise routine. Sometimes it is not easy having to remember to take in all these supplements on a daily basis, but once a habit is formed, it generally becomes easier and easier. I always try to stay focus on the rule of 30% exercise and 70% diet. Therefore, what I put in my mouth is more important than the effort I put into exercising.
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