Author: Amy Chen
The most common reasons for exercising are to build muscle and reduce body fat. What many people don't realize is that this is more complicated than doing a million sit-ups every day. What you put into your body also has a great effect on this, as the way that you lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume.
All too many people get obsessed with counting carbs, reducing the amount that they eat, so on and so forth. You don't have to starve yourself to get in shape. In fact, reducing your caloric intake drastically will just cause your body to stop processing food as quickly, so you'll end up undermining your efforts to get into shape. You'll also end up feeling lethargic because your body is shutting down to conserve energy and survive off the lower energy intake you are giving it. At the end of a starve diet, when you start giving your body its proper dietary intake, it will take a while to start functioning properly again and you'll end up gaining a bunch of weight, which will more than negate the weight lost through starvation.
Instead of spending your entire day figuring out the dietary content of what you're eating, simply substitute foods that you normally eat with foods that are better for your health. Replace regular rice with brown rice, reduce the amount of sugar and salt in your diet, and cut back on empty calories from alcohol. Also, make sure to eat plenty of vegetables, as they are full of vitamins that your body needs. It's important to take a multivitamin daily, to ensure that you're getting the nutrients that you need every day. This doesn't mean that you can't occasionally treat yourself to a cheeseburger, just that your day to day meals can't include ten of them.
To exercise, I like to do a few body weight exercises at home, especially if I can't make the time to get out of the house. Try to work your way to at least three sets of crunches (with about 20 in each set) daily. Don't worry if you can't yet, as getting in shape is more about regularly pushing your body than a set amount of some certain exercise. Try doing at least a few exercises, and then increase their number over time. Make sure to work in a bit of walking, jogging, or running into your exercise routine, as bringing your heart rate up with sustained exercise really helps your metabolism.
By regularly exercising (even in small amounts) and eating better, you can get yourself in great shape without having to spend all of your time thinking about how to do it. If you aren't quite ready to restructure your diet, try getting a bit of exercise in to get started. Exercise and a good diet go hand in hand, and after exercising I can't even think about eating fatty, unhealthty foods. Remember not to kick yourself or abandon your workout and eating plan if you skip a few days, just start it back up as soon as you can.
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