Being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle, not just a New Year's resolution or a quick Summer body fix.
The Health & Wellness industry is well and truly saturated nowadays and it's hard to know who to believe. One thing we know is that consistency is a sure thing and helps you sustain a healthy lifestyle for the long-term.
When you sign up for something you need to make sure it’s going to be part of that journey you take for the rest of your life. We believe in practicing what we preach and when it comes to our food and fitness lifestyle at UFIT we’re all passionate about the marathon, not the sprint. If you’re unsure where to start or want to know what it takes, here’s five top tips from our best, UFIT’s nutritionist, Wendy Riddell:
1. Stay Away From Processed Food
The readily available processed food we find around Singapore and the rest of the world is generally very high in sugar, salt and the bad fats. Most of the ingredients are poor quality and usually leave us craving for more and more. There is little nutritional composition in them so although they will fill you up for a short period you will be super hungry soon after as you’ve received little or no vitamins, minerals or Phytonutrients.
2. Don’t Count Calories
Not all calories are equal - if the answer was as simple as calories in, calories out, weight issues would have been solved a long time ago. We need to focus on the quality and types of food we are eating, not their calorie content.
3. Watch The Sugar
There is a lot of hidden sugar in food today. Most people associate sugar to be in only desserts and candies, but it can be everywhere. We need to consume some sugar this is true, but today it’s very common for people to consume 2-3 times the amount we actually need, which naturally increases our unhealthy state.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of Fat
Fat found in coconut oil, coconut milk/cream, butter, olive oil, nut oils, nuts and protein meat sources (particularly fish) are all full of fantastic healthy fats that are good for us. And don’t forget our amazing avocados! Indulge in these fats that leave you feeling fuller and happier for longer, naturally reducing your snacking time.
5. Stay Realistic
Sometimes we all slip and eat or drink something off the program - it’s ok! Don’t let it push you off your goals. You don’t have to eat healthy 100% of the time to see the goals - 80/20 is a good balance.
The most important thing to remember is, it’s your life and the choices you make today will affect you tomorrow and beyond that. Take care of your body, and your family's. It's not just how it looks on the outside that matters but how we nourish and fuel it. Live life, enjoy life and know your limits!
For more information for UFITs Nutrition programs get in touch with us here. Join our next Clean & Lean Challenges that we run four times a year providing you with the opportunity to change your healthy habits into a lifestyle.
About the author
Wendy is one of our star members of the UFIT Nutrition team who successfully juggles UFIT Bootcamps, Personal Training and heads up the Nutrition side of things. Wendy provides in-depth, personalised nutritional programs to get you back on track and planning for a sustainable lifestyle long-term. Don’t let those Christmas and Summer body goals drive your ambitions, make your health a 24/7 dedication – you deserve it!