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By Lama Al Khuja, Clinical Dietitian, HealthBay Al Wasl
Eating properly is an important part of keeping your body fit. Maintaining good fitness requires careful attention to both diet and exercise. Nutritious food is no substitute for physical activity, but watching what you eat plays a vital role in developing a strong and healthy body. Combine a balanced diet with careful attention to good nutrition while exercising and you’ll ensure the food you eat is keeping you in great shape.
Start your day with breakfast
Coffee is not a breakfast!
Make sure you have a healthy breakfast before you start your day.
– This simple tip will help you minimize munching and control your body weight.
It is also a good source of energy for an efficient working day.
Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetablesHave 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will maintain healthy body functions, optimize your metabolism and minimize your risk of disease.
Make half of your carbohydrate choices whole wheat
The fiber provided by whole wheat foods play a role in controlling your hunger, improving your digestive system health and lowering your cholesterol levels.
Choose fish, lean meat cuts and low-fat dairy products
This will provide you with your protein needs without the extra calories from unhealthy saturated fat.
Limit your sugar, fried and fast food intake
These are empty calories which are harmful to your health and body. Instead, aim for healthy unsaturated fats from nuts and fish.
Keeping healthy snack choices on hand will control your hunger and decrease your cravings for unhealthy food and junk food!
Balance your intake and control your portions from food groups
Controlling your portions will allow you to eat everything yet keep your body and weight in shape.
Plan your meals and don’t skip meals
This will definitely help to curb cravings and prevent overeating at night. Frequent meals will also boost your metabolism.
Limit sodium intake
For healthier heart and better blood pressure control.
Drink plenty of water and fluids
Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water daily! Try to limit carbonated beverages and sweetened juices.
Limit alcohol intake
For a healthy heart and body weight, limit your alcoholic drinks. Ask your dietitian about what is considered a drink!
Be active often
The benefits are countless! It will boost your metabolism, improve your mood and health and decrease your stress levels.
Read Food Labels
Reading food labels will allow you to make healthy choices!
Our expert Clinical Dietitian, Lama Al Khuja will customize a plan to fit your unique schedule. She will also guide you on how to incorporate those changes in your lifestyle. To make an appointment, call 800 HBPC (4272).
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