Are you eating enough?

In this day and age of obesity, diabetes and the range of illnesses that go along with being over-weight, it may seem a strange question to ask. However, for a large percentage of the population there is a risk that they may not actually be eating enough. Along with this is knowing about, and getting good nutrition. When many people embark on a weight loss program (or are permanently on one!!) they tend to starve their bodies of vital nutrition thereby making their goals of fat loss elusive. It is important to keep calories up when both exercising and trying to lose body fat. The human body has a strange way of losing fat. It sends a signal to tell the body to hang onto adipose tissue if you under eat as it believes that food is scarce and a famine is on its way. While there is little question that someone who is an active young sports person and someone who is much older and less active will need less food it is still important to ensure that both get wholesome food from all the food groups. These should include low “GI” foods (carbohydrates: sweet potato/rice/pastas/grainy breads), fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat (both red meat and white meat along with oily fish) grains, pulses and plenty of fresh clean water. We need around 1200 calories a day just for our bodies to function…I.E. our heart/liver/kidneys/brain/lungs and endocrine systems etc to work properly!! Therefore, you need at least this much plus more calories when you exercise at various levels. Go online to see how much calories you burn when exercising there are lots of these calculators available free of charge. Nutrition and dietetics is a complex issue. So if you are in doubt consult with a professional.
By: John Hart
Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia
“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia
“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”
“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”
“Cert 4 Personal Training”
“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”
Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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