Staying healthy can be a daunting task. But, you can make it a lot easier by keeping an eye on your meal plan and sticking to a consistent workout plan. Spring is the perfect time of year to focus on a diet and exercise refresh - time to start with a clean slate. Here are some top tips to help you kick start your spring training and diet plan.
Breakfast Rich In Protein And Fiber
Arguably, breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the first thing you fuel your body with after a long time of fasting while you sleep. It jumpstarts your metabolism and restores the energy you need to face the day.
Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence for people to skip breakfast because they don’t “have time to make it.” However, with ReBuilt Meals, you never have to worry about cooking a healthy breakfast - you can have it delivered right to your door. And, the menu changes weekly, bringing you four different breakfast options each week!
An ideal breakfast will include lean proteins and an abundance of fiber - think eggs, turkey bacon, fresh fruits, whole grains and green vegetables.
ReBuilt Meals will make sure you get the nutrients you need in your breakfast meal each and every week. Look for recipes such as Scrambled Eggs & Cinnamon Apple Muesli or Gluten Free Toasted Coconut and Mango Pancakes.
Healthy snacking can help to curb hunger between meals and also keep your metabolism going strong throughout the day. It’s important to keep your snacks healthy with whole foods that are not processed and full of salt or sugar.
Did you know ReBuilt Meals offers plenty of healthy snack options? Not only do we offer two different types of Gluten Free Doughnuts every week, but we also offer a lot of health snack options on our A La Carte menu!
We offer 4oz. servings of almonds, cashews, pecans, and sunflower seeds. Nuts and seeds are perfect type of snack to fill you up so you don’t overindulge during your meals - plus they offer tons of health benefits. Did you know that a frequent intake of nuts can be associated with a lower rate of cardiovascular disease?
Join a Meal Prep Service
Meal prepping yourself can get very tedious and monotonous. Many times people fall into the trap of just preparing the same exact meal for every day of the week. That’s why you need a meal prep service like ReBuilt Meals!
When you join ReBuilt Meals you’ll have your choice of 30 different meal options each and every week! Not only that, we specifically design our meal options to fit into four meal plan options: Plant-Based, Keto, Lifestyle, and Performance. You can check out our options here.
Lifestyle changes to compliment your diet
Of course, a healthy lifestyle is not all about what you’re putting in your mouth. You will also need to make some lifestyle changes: Incorporate fitness goals, create healthier habits, and focus on eliminating triggers for unhealthy habits.
What changes can you make in your day-to-day life that will incorporate healthier habits and eliminate bad habits? Here are some lifestyle tips that to make your fitness journey just a little bit easier to manage:
Create a Workout Routine
Make time to get to the gym at least three times per week. Don’t make excuses and make your workout a positive priority, not a dreaded to-do. You should vary your exercises to include strength training and cardio training. When you build more muscle it will help to burn fat and increase your calorie burn when you engage in cardio activity.
Mix it up! Don't fall into a rut of doing the same exercises every time you workout. Take your routine outdoors - or work on a different muscle group each time.
A consistent exercise routine will lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, preventing heart disease.
**Pro tip: Combine high protein foods with your weight training routine to help build muscle (and burn more calories) faster. ReBuilt Meals offers meals with a double protein option - you have the option to double your protein intake with one meal!
Make Use Of a Food Tracker
Track what you eat! So often, people think they are consuming less (or sometimes more) calories than they actually are. By keeping track of everything you eat and drink you’ll be able to hold yourself more accountable.
Using a mobile app like MyFitnessPal makes it super easy to keep track of all of your macros! Make sure you track your portion sizes too - it’s extremely common for Americans to eat more than a portion size.
Here’s the good news: Not only does ReBuilt Meals portion your food for you, but the packaging also includes a bar code that will can directly into MyFitnessPal - we really make things easy!
Drink Lots Of Water
Water is 100% calorie-free! And, it’s your body’s most favorite thing to consume. Drinking lots of water may decrease calorie intake because it helps to fill you up - this will help to prevent the risk of weight gain and overeating.
Water removes toxins from the body and prevents bloating. Not only that, it helps burn calories while also keeping you hydrated.
Did you know: Water is essential to burn fat?
So, skip the soda and the juices and drink more water - it will literally save you hundreds of calories.
Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle are not always about diet and exercise. You need to look at the complete picture. Lack of sleep can make you crave high-calorie, high-fat foods. It’s almost hard to believe that sleep can do so much for our cravings and hunger, but it’s all about hormones. Sleep controls our hunger hormone, ghrelin, and fullness hormone, leptin.
Did you ever notice when you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you tend to feel down and sluggish - and crave comfort food? High sugar, high fat, and loaded with carbs?
Lack of sleep is also associated with increased body mass index. Think about this too: The longer you are awake, the more hours in the day you have to eat!
Our health and wellness is a reflection of our diet, sleep, and exercise. Track your calories, fats, carbs, and proteins using an app such as MyFitnessPal. Give your body adequate exercise and rest. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, and needs your discipline and dedication. Stick to the three P’s for the best results: Prepare, pay attention to what you’re putting your body, and plan a consistent workout routine. Just remember, this journey is a marathon, not a sprint.