Body Composition

Body Composition

Body Composition Tip 7 - Drink Plenty of Water

There is no other contribution we make to our bodies on a daily basis that is more important to our health than drinking plenty of water. At nearly 70 percent, our bodies are mostly made up of water, and our blood is about 90 percent water. We can go a few weeks without food, but we can only survive a few days without water. The average person loses two to three liters of water every day, through sweat, urine, respiration, and cellular function.  And yet, so many people go through their days dehydrated.

Body Composition Tip 6 - Eliminate Junk and Eat Intuitively

A remarkable thing happens when you eliminate the junk from your diet: The cravings for fatty, sugar-laden, and salty snacks will disappear. You will simply lose your taste for these foods—and when you do eat them, your new body will rebel in no uncertain terms, leaving you feeling unwell. Free of the cravings for processed foods, your body will start to crave natural, healthful whole foods. Soon the gap between the foods you want and the foods you should eat will disappear. Your intuitive sense of what your body needs will help keep you on the right track, eating simply, often, and for long-term good health.
 

Body Composition Tip 5 - Eat Frequently

Eating early and often creates a metabolic reaction in your body. By eating small, well-portioned meals throughout the day, you continually stoke and strengthen your body’s engine.
 
Good eating habits begin with breakfast. Think about what happens when you skip breakfast: You might not feel hungry until noon or even later, but once you start eating—watch out. You’re likely to overeat for the rest of the day.
 

Body Composition Tip 4 - Practice Portion Control

In Outdoor Fitness, we don’t count calories. Portion control takes the place of calorie counting, a simple method that you can use anytime, anywhere—no scribbling, no calculators, no numbers to remember. This doesn’t mean we ignore calories—you’ve got to understand the caloric value of the food you eat—but practicing portion control is the easiest and most effective way to keep your plate in balance.
 
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Body Composition Tip 3 - Eat Whole, Clean Foods

While this may seem obvious, for many folks impulse eating gets the better of their nutritional intentions. For many it’s a lifestyle of ‘grab-and-go” and “sink eating”—standing over the sink, unconsciously eating whatever is at hand—fast food, see food (see and eat) and beige foods (cheese and crackers, chips and cookies), all of which sap your energy and leave you feeling unsatisfied or guilty.
 

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