I remember when I first went to my doctor and told him that I wanted to lose weight and get into better shape, and I was a little surprised by what I was told. My doctor informed me that several new habits would have to be established, including exercising and reducing my caloric intake, but that eating a balanced diet was also a crucial factor. I did not think that mattered as much as it does, but my doctor explained it to me pretty clearly.
The first thing that I was told is that a balanced diet is important when attempting to lose weight and get into better shape because it is important to stay healthy and maintain energy. Getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that I needed was critical to the success I had losing weight, and my doctor actually provided me with a copy of the food pyramid so that I would know exactly what I needed to be eating every day.
He also said that eating a balanced diet was crucial to feeling strong enough to complete my workouts every day. He said that the last thing that I wanted to have happen was become deficient in a particular vitamin or nutrient while putting that type of extra stress on my body, because I could really have some problems then. He said that as I was losing weight, I was also losing muscle, so I needed to eat the things that would continue to provide the fuel I needed to exercise my various muscle groups.
He told me that a balanced diet was also the key to maintaining long-term success on my weight loss journey, because in order to stay healthy, I would have to eat all of the things on that pyramid. He told me the best thing to do was just to try to substitute out the types of foods that I ate in each food group with something healthier. I took this approach, and while it was still difficult to get by on fewer calories and having to exercise as much as I was now exercising, I got used to it and started having success.
I was able to have success losing weight and getting into better shape and I think that was due in large part to the fact that I made sure I continued to eat a balanced diet. It was a lot of hard work, and I am not diminishing the part that exercise played in the my success, but I think the fact that I was eating properly and maintaining proper nutrition made the transition to my new, healthier lifestyle a lot easier.
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