Top 8 Most Common Health and Nutrition Mistakes

It is very easy to make mistakes regarding your health and nutrition when it comes to weight loss and exercise.

Make sure you are not making the following top 8 most common health and nutrition mistakes, and you will start seeing and feeling positive health results whether your goal is to lose weight or get fit.

 

Top 8 Health And Nutrition Mistakes#1 – Not Eating Soon Enough After Working Out

You might plan on going for a run, cycle, play a team sport or walk with friends around your local park. That’s great. These aerobic activities will help you shed fat, help regulate your body weight and develop long, lean, strong muscles. However, unless you plan before time, you might be missing out on the most effective way to maximize your exercise.

 

So when should you eat after working out for the best results? To maximize your nutrition benefits eat 30 minutes to 60 minutes after you exercise. So any time you exert yourself physically, plan to take in some carbohydrates and protein within an hour after working out.

 

#2 Eating Refined Whole Wheat

Watch the amount of whole wheat you consume. Stay away from refined whole-wheat products. Consuming too much whole wheat can have negative effects on your health and can contribute to higher cholesterol levels. The high levels of gluten in whole wheat can also lead to chronic fatigue, physical pain and digestive issues in many people.

 

#3 Drinking Lots of Fruit Juice

Avoid drinking lots of fruit juice. Most orange juices have the same amount of sugar as the equivalent serving size of a soft drink. Eat whole fresh fruit instead; it is packed with nutrition and dietary fiber.

 

#4 Junk Food is Okay every now and then

Often, nutritionists and fitness experts say it is okay to reward yourself “every now and then” with a fix of your favorite junk food.

 

The problem is when once in a while becomes more regular. Trans fat is bad for you, as is refined salt and sugar. Your body does not need them, nor does it need the extra calorie overload. So think twice the next time you feel you need to reward yourself with highly processed, unhealthy food.

 

#5 The Belief That Eating Right Costs Too Much Money

The exact opposite is actually the case. You can actually save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your annual grocery bill by eliminating unhealthy foods and purchasing nutritious ones. It might just take a little extra planning and thought and will power, but if eating right, living healthier and longer and feeling and looking better is better for us wouldn’t it be worth it?

 

#6 It’s in my Genes

Some people believe that their genetic makeup predisposes their weight and level of health. This is simply not the case. Doctors and geneticists know that nutrition and exercise can control as much as 80% to 90% of your level of physical fitness, your weight and the shape and appearance of your body. If you eat right and keep physically active you will trump your overweight and out of shape family history.

 

#7 Skinny Means Healthy, Right?

Being skinny is not an automatic indication of good health. Everyone is different. That means that one skinny person may be exceptionally unhealthy, while a person who is 30 pounds over the “recommended” weight for their height and age may be exceptionally healthy.

 

#8 – Vitamins Make up for Poor Nutrition

Some vitamins may help supplement your health in particular areas. However, eating a diet that is low in processed foods and rich in vegetables, fruits and whole foods should provide your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. If you believe you are lacking in essential nutrients seek medical advice.

Now that you know the top 8 most common health and nutrition mistakes there is no need to intentionally make nutrition mistakes.

All you need to do is eat a Mediterranean-style diet, it is made up of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole foods, legumes and whole grains. In addition, stay hydrated, by drinking at least 10 glasses of water per day, get plenty of rest and exercise frequently. Plus try to minimize or totally eradicate processed foods, refined salt and sugar from your diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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