We’ve showcased a number of helpful nutrition tips in this space on various occasions, but it never hurts to have some unique and up-to-date insights on the subject. If fitness is your goal as summer winds down and autumn gears up, consider this intriguing mix of nutrition tips from your own team of Ellicott City personal trainers:
- Eat vegetables. Different kinds. Fiber, minerals, antioxidants and more can all be found in veggies, and the more varied your intake, the better. So aim for a multi-colored assortment. Five to eight servings daily are advised, but don’t feel like you have to stop there. Trust us – no one has ever heard an Ellicott City personal trainer shout the phrase, “Stop eating those vegetables!”
- Drink water. Like, lots of it. You can’t live without it. It helps you to lose weight by filling you up. And it provides critical hydration as you work hard to burn calories. It’s a magical beverage. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a daily consumption – from beverages and food – of approximately 91 ounces of water for women and approximately 125 ounces for men.
- Spice things up. Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich spices such as ginger and turmeric add more than just flavor to a meal, while garlic is high in vitamins C, B1 and B6, as well as calcium, potassium, copper, and more, and is a proven killer of bacteria and fungi. Other herbs and spices that can improve your health include red pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and more.
- Don’t get burnt out on cooking. Meat, that is. Meat is a great source of protein and nutrients, but when charred to a crisp, it loses its nutritional value and can even create cancer-causing compounds.
- Eggs-cercize: Ignore the cries of “cholesterol.” That concept was kicked out of the nest a long time ago. Eggs are awesome. From proteins, healthy fats, minerals, vitamins, and something called choline that stimulates your brain, they’re perhaps one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, particularly if you consume the yolk.
- Chew the fat about fat. You’ll want to consult your Ellicott City personal trainers for much more on the subject, but here’s the rundown: Saturated fats are no longer considered the enemy – they actually boost your HDLs (or “good” cholesterol). Trans fats are what you need to look out for – those are the man-made, heart-disease causing variety found in chips and cookies and coffee creamers. And that old-fashioned belly fat around the midsection? Try to lose it. It’s related to metabolic problems, and can become an issue.
The Ellicott City personal trainers at Fitness Together are ready to help you explore these and many other fitness tips. Call us today at (410) 750-2228.