Believe it or not, the food that you put into your body is what fuels it to perform its daily activities. As humans, we are not solar powered, nor do we run on fossil fuels. Rather, we operate on a steady intake of calories. This is crucial to understand.
These calories can be wildly different from individual to individual. The body does indeed discriminate between calories. A vegetarian’s dietary intake is obviously wildly different from that of an individual who eats red meat weekly.
This is not a question of “what should I eat”, but rather it is a question of lifestyle. If you are attempting to manage your diet and physically exercise on a regular basis (as most people seeking to lose weight or stay in shape are), you will be amazed at just how related the two are.
Means of Effective Diet and Exercise
One of the strongest and most consistent connections between diet and exercise is timing. What I mean is when exactly you are exercising, and when exactly you are eating. This is because one directly facilitates the other. For example, if you exercise right after you eat, chances are you will feel sick or unable because you will still be full and uncomfortable.
If you wait too long, however, you may be hungry again and your carbohydrate fuel stores completely depleted. While this can be a good thing, if you specifically want to get straight to burning fat, you will nonetheless be slower and less able to perform at your peak.
Effective diet and exercise includes a healthy lifestyle
Ideally, you should perform some light exercise when you first wake up. This will not only burn calories, but it will also speed up your metabolism for the rest of the day. After that, eat breakfast approximately half an hour later but no more than two hours after you first wake up.
This is because eating breakfast quickly will prevent you from overeating for the rest of the day. After that, you can exercise whenever you would like (approximately an hour after your last meal). Finally, time your last meal to at least two hours before you go to bed. This is because if you fall asleep without properly digesting your food, it will automatically be stored as fat.
You should also be eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones. This is especially true if you are leading an active or semi-active lifestyle. Consider your body to be a combustion engine. It needs a constant flow of fuel rather than three large injections. Not only will you end up eating less, but you will also burn more calories because your metabolism will be running at a constant rate.
The final question then is what you should be eating. Much of how you feel during the day, your mood and fatigue level for example, is directly affected by what you eat. If you are eating a lot of refined sugars and saturated fats, you will simply operate at a lower level as your body struggles to process what you have put into it. Spend a week eating significantly healthier foods than you are currently eating, and you will notice an amazing difference.