The chocolate cake seems to be staring you in the face, and you can’t help but feel your glands begin to salivate as you wish for nothing more than a slice. You try and restrain yourself – and even rationalize – by saying, “One bite won’t hurt.” In a matter of moments though you find yourself chowing down on a slice that was meant for two and regretting it later on as you wish for nothing more than to turn back time. We’ve all been there, but no matter the scenario, the most important thing is how you respond – or react – to what has taken place.
In turn, you can either be so upset, and full of guilt, to the point where you vow to never try again, or you can get back up, start fresh, and begin pursuing the goals that you’ve already set for yourself. But what is the motivation behind eating healthy, and how can it benefit those of us when we begin to embark on such a journey? The fact of the matter is that healthy eating doesn’t just consist of exercising and expecting to see results, because little will come if one continues to eat in the way that they have been, especially if they are eating junk food – and/or things that are of little nutritional value.
As a result, good nutrition is as much a part of a healthy lifestyle as exercise is, and when both are combined the benefits are endless. Fortunately, “combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.” Consequently, one might wonder why it is that he/she is unable to reach his/her goals, but the results that they are looking for may be a reflection of what they are eating.
In conclusion, there are two things that one should always consider when he/she makes changes to his/her diet. First, the proportion, and second, the food. For example, if you’re eating the right amount of food in terms of proportion then it may not be about how you’re eating, but what you’re eating. If it’s vice versa, and you’re getting the necessary nutrients that you need for the day then it may not be about what you’re eating, but how much you’re eating because you may be eating more food than what you’re burning off. These two factors can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle, and be of help when one begins to implement changes to his/her diet.