I may not believe in a “summer body” and getting it ready, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat healthy. This summer, I vow to my body that I will try to eat as much healthy food as I possibly can while also trying to eliminate junk food and unhealthy eating habits. I owe that to my body, because my body has been through a lot and will continue to go through a lot. If you want to do your body a favor and become healthier, then here are some things that you should probably stop doing.
The first thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear the word “summer body” is exercising and dieting, which is true. But, you want your body to be healthy not “formet el sahel” healthy – because contrary to popular belief – that isn’t actually as healthy as you think it is. Not all diets are good even if they are “effective”. And not all “non effective” diets are bad. It’s actually quite the opposite. For instance, keto diet. Keto is a very effective form of dieting – obviously because your eliminating all carbs, sugars and etc from your regular diet – but it is very dangerous. You’ll lack energy and protein and you might even develop the flu. So, try diets that are preferable for you and for your body that contain all the nutrients that you need while still eating healthy foods.
Not all sugar is bad. There is a huge misconception that when you are dieting or trying to lose weight or even becoming “fit” and/or healthy means cutting out all sorts of sugar in your life which isn’t true – thank god! We all need sugar, but most importantly our bodies need it too to function properly. Sugar is just as important as water – well that may be a stretch, but glucose – sugar – is really important for your body. But not all sugar is good. The sugar present in fruits is actually very good for you and it doesn’t make you gain weight like most people say. My mama always said sugar is very bad for you, it gives you wrinkles and most diseases and illnesses feed off of sugar. And yes that is true, but your body does need sugar. Getting your daily sugar intake from an apple or a grape is better than getting it from a chocolate bar. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I bet you saw this coming, didn’t you? Unfortunately, caffeine is not very friendly when it comes to being healthy. Not only does caffeine give – some – people acne, but it’s also very bad for the heart. Cutting back on caffeine could literally save a life and possibly prevent any life threatening diseases too. Caffeine increases blood sugar levels and decreases mineral density of bones in humans. So, think again before having your second caffeinated drink of the day. FUN FACT: drinking coffee doesn’t help in improving your energy levels, in fact, it does completely the opposite. As the caffeine starts to wear off – which happens only hours after having your caffeinated drink – you start becoming more and more tired and exhausted than when you had that drink in the first place.
While some people report feeling good after doing a detox, others do not. And just because they feel better doesn’t mean it’s safe to do it. Most detoxes are non-FDA approved. They have a negative effect on the kidney. They cause bowel disruption – oftentimes diarrhea. And, major fatigueness and irritation.
Sometimes you do this when you aren’t even aware of doing so, but starving yourself isn’t the best way to go. Starving yourself isn’t healthy. It doesn’t help you in any way shape or form. It also creates a lot of fat rather than protein because your body stores the food in the form of fats to take from it later on because it doesn’t know when it’ll eat next. You need to eat on a regular basis in order to avoid this issue. You also need to eat proper portions and 3 meals per day with – preferably healthy – snacks in between each meal to satisfy your hunger.
Cravings, or more precisely suppressing them. Suppressing and neglecting your cravings bring an opposite effect than what you probably have in mind. It’s important to listen to your body and what it needs and wants in order to be healthy. That doesn’t mean that you should give in to all of your cravings, but it’s okay to munch on your cravings from time to time.
Last but certainly not least. Water. I can never say this enough. Stay. hydrated. A huge mistake that we all do is not staying hydrated and not drinking enough water. Not only are we more prone to diseases and organ failures. Water is great for the skin. It speeds up your metabolism. And overall what are you going to lose if you drink 8 cups of water a day? Stay hydrated kids.