Fitness is extremely important in helping you to reach your goals, but it isn't the only thing that's going to help you get healthy - food is also a part of it. Rather, understanding the nutritional fundamentals of food and how your body uses it to function is another key to helping you reach your goal weight, burn fat and feel confident.
Beginning with a breakdown of the most basic nutrition concepts, we'll go over everything - what is a carbohydrate? What is processed food and how does it affect your body? And lots more.
All foods contain nutrients of some kind, but the healthiest foods contain essential nutrients called macronutrients. These are the nutrients your body converts into calories to give you energy and keep your body systems working properly.
Why are carbs so important? Is there such thing as a bad carb? What are the best carbs to eat every day? Read on for the answers to all your questions and more.
You've likely heard the same message over and over - sugar is bad! Stop eating sugar! But if you've been paying attention to recent posts, you've already learned that carbs - sugar - is completely necessary to be healthy. So why is everyone bashing sugar so much?
Proteins are another essential part of a healthy diet. It's impossible to eat multiple food groups in a day without consuming any protein. However, some sources are healthier than others, and you might be wondering why this nutrient is so important.
There are plenty of healthy foods out there that have fat in them, but that doesn't mean you can't eat them. In fact, you should try to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fatty foods. Here's why.
Why are they so good, even if they're not good FOR you? What are processed foods, and why are they so unhealthy? Are all processed foods bad? If so, why do they exist - and why do we still eat them?
Getting to a point where you've completely cut processed foods from your diet can make all the difference in your health. Processed foods might be the reason why you aren't meeting your goals, because it can lead to a dependence on certain unhealthy foods.
You could be eating mostly healthy foods every single day, and that's great. But if you're eating too much of those healthy foods, you're still consuming more calories than you need.
Why is eating too much food - even healthy food - just as unwise? Does it really matter if you eat too many fruits and vegetables?
Craving food, feeling hungry and feeling full may be a complex science, but understanding it in its simplest forms can help you learn to tell when you want food, when you need it, and when you no longer need to eat more.
Your body's response to stress makes sense when you think about physical stress, but when it comes to emotional stress, it makes you wonder: why does feeling stressed make me want to eat?
The truth is, you can lose weight without going on a diet. Don't think of healthy eating as a diet; it's more of a lifestyle.
How much time do you spend worrying over how many calories you've eaten? Is it really worth the stress?
Are grains good, or bad? Should you make them part of your diet, or avoid them altogether?
Sugar is bad, at least that's what the internet keeps saying. And fruit has sugar in it. So does that mean fruit is bad for you?
Should you eat dairy? What if you don't like it? What if you're lactose intolerant? How important is dairy as part of a healthy lifestyle?
There's a lot of misinformation out there, especially related to nutrition. Things experts used to believe were fact have since been proven false - but people still believe, and promote, the myths.
Reaching a healthy weight is about more than just numbers - it's about food itself, and feelings, too. Here's what I mean.
Is eating out really that bad for you? And if so ... how can you enjoy it and still eat healthy?
Does it matter when you eat meals and snacks? Is there a set time you should eat at the beginning and end of your day?