It doesn’t matter if your goal is weight loss, increasing your energy level or living a healthier life in general, the first place to start is getting a proper nutrition. The food you eat is literally the source of energy that fuels everything your body does, from the basic functions of breathing and moving, to the creation of muscle, bones and hair.
Good nutrition is a powerful tool to help you live a better live: it’s important to have a lifestyle that is balanced and a diet that includes all of the nutrients that you need to replenish and build your body. Here are the basics your body needs, and how Herbalife products can help you get the nutrition you need to be healthy:
Hydration: We all know drinking water is basic for maintaining a healthy body. It is recommended that women drink at least 2 liters of water a day, men should drink 2.5 liters. If you are exercising or doing extraneous activity, you may need even more fluids to keep your body hydrated.
Get a better hydration: If you get bored drinking plain water, you can add a few slices of orange, lemon, cucumber or even some mint leaves. Coffee can be a source of hydration, but it should be consumed in moderation; it is best to consume drinks that are low in caffeine. Try Herbalife Herbal Aloe Concentrate or Herbalife Herbal Tea Concentrate.
Carbohydrates: Although they have been getting a bad reputation by some diet trends, the truth is carbohydrates are essentially the fuel that keeps your body active. However, it is also true that consuming too much can lead to obesity and heart disease.
The kind of carbohydrates that are best for your body are the ones that are naturally found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are also known as complex carbohydrates, and because they are digested relatively slowly they can sustain your energy level for longer. Refined carbohydrates and sugars are processed by your body relatively quickly, which can cause an immediate surge of blood sugar levels, causing the body to store this excess energy as fat.
Get better carbohydrates: Look for whole grains and avoid candy and sugary drinks like sodas and processed fruit juices. Read the Nutrition Facts label, sometimes processed foods can have a surprising amount of added sugar (such is the case with granola bars, breakfast cereals, yogurt cups and even ketchup and barbeque sauce!).
Fiber: Fiber is just carbohydrates that cannot be absorbed by our digestive system, it can be found in whole vegetables, beans and grains. Fiber helps provide a feeling of fullness and slow the absorption of glucose from the blood stream (thus helping lower blood cholesterol levels). Fiber can also speed up the transfer of food through the intestines and trap water, helping to prevent constipation.
Get more fiber in your diet: eat whole fruits with their skin. Eat a variety of vegetables, both cooked and raw. Choose whole grain bread and crackers. Try Herbalife Fiber and Herb.
Protein: When you think healthy food, vegetables and fruits are the first to come to mind. It is tempting to focus on salads in an effort to lose weight quickly, but it is a mistake to eliminate protein from your diet. Protein can help you lose weight by making you feel less hungry than you would with a low-protein diet. If your goal is to lose weight and body fat, it is essential to build some muscle, as muscle burns calories at a higher rate than fat, and protein intake is essential in building muscle.
Get more protein in your diet: eat lean meats, fish, dairy, eggs, soy and legumes. Choose protein bars over granola or cereal bars that can be loaded with sugar and will make you feel hungry sooner. Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix and Herbalife Personalized Protein Powder are good sources of high quality protein.
Micronutrients: Although they are needed in very small quantities (that is why they are called micronutrients), they are essential for the correct functioning of our body, and not having one or more of them can cause serious illness.
Get more micronutrients in your diet: Eat a healthy, fresh and varied diet that includes fruits and vegetables of different colors and an assortment of protein rich food, like legumes, fish, eggs and dairy. A lot of people consume food supplements to ensure they are consuming enough vitamins. Herbalife Vitamins and Minerals can help you obtain some of the basic micronutrients your body needs.
TWO EXTRA TIPS:
Read the nutrition facts label: Some foods that you may think of as healthy come with a surprising amount of calories, added sugar, sodium and fat. By reading the label on the products you consume, you can save yourself a lot of empty calories. Some mayor culprits are: coffee based specialty drinks, deli meats, frozen dinners, creamy salad dressings and yogurt cups (specially the kind with fruit at the bottom).
Join a fitness or nutrition club: Having someone to talk to that is going through the same struggles can be comforting: someone who can understand just how hard it is to resist the cravings or the difficulty of sticking to an exercise routine. But in this groups you can also find coaching: people who have succeeded in achieving a healthy life style can be a key figure in maintaining your weight loss motivation and achieving a better sense of well-being.
Whatever your lifestyle, Herbalife Nutrition can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle with its vast array of protein shakes, food supplements and nutrition products, along with the encouragement of a community devoted to making the world healthier and happier.