Why A Full Body & Lifestyle Approach Is Better Than Pure Exercise
Posted on 10th July 2018 at 11:24
Exercise is one of the best things you can do if you’re looking to improve your physical and mental health. However, it shouldn’t be done in isolation. Adopting a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing, and taking care of your entire body and your lifestyle is far more beneficial than simply exercising.
Ketogenic diet basics
A keto diet is a shortened way of saying ‘ketogenic’ diet – it basically means eating meals made up of very low carb ingredients alongside good protein sources and ‘healthy’ fats. For a society so used to a ‘low fat, low calorie’ mantra to lose weight, it can mean a substantial shift in mindset to understand that such a way of eating can be beneficial.
The keto diet can include a wide variety of nutrition-packed, flavoursome and versatile foods. It’s all based on staying within a limit of carbohydrates. That limit can vary depending on who is advising you, but between 20g and 50g of carbs a day gives you a sweet spot in our experience. You can track your carbs through food labelling or on a fitness app.
But the rise in popularity for the keto diet also stems from a growing number of people wanting to eat healthier in line with studies that have shown eating lower carb is a sensible way to slim down and boost health in other ways – notably to lower blood sugar and possibly even put Type 2 diabetes into remission. It’s also reported to be effective against epilepsy. There are even studies that link a keto diet with reduced incidences of cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Weight control and blood sugar control is becoming a major health issue. The NHS faces a massive challenge in stemming the tide of Type 2 Diabetes with an annual bill of millions and more people becoming what’s known as ‘prediabetic’. For some devotees of the keto diet, advice currently given by the NHS and what’s known as the Eat Well Plate is controversial as it still advocates eating a certain amount of carbohydrates with meals.
Food Is Very Important
Exercise alone won’t provide all the benefits you’re hoping for if paired with a poor diet. Going for a 30-minute run on a treadmill is going to do nothing for your waistline if you consume a double cheeseburger an hour later.
This is very obvious, and most people are aware that you need to watch your calories as well in order to lose weight. But a lot of people aren’t aware of the other benefits a good diet offers.
Food Is the Body’s Fuel
By providing your body with the food it requires, you could get some truly amazing results. Food is the fuel that keeps the body running. Therefore if you’re looking for a great functioning body, it’s essential to provide it with the correct fuel. You wouldn’t expect a super car to run well on cheap supermarket fuel, so why should you expect your body to perform optimally on junk food?
Benefits of Eating the Correct Food
There are many benefits to having a nutritious, balanced diet. Here are just a few of them:
Greater energy to tackle life
A better night’s sleep
Improved mental focus and clarity
Fat will start to ‘fall off’ and stay off
A better immune system, reducing your chances of falling ill
Healthier body development
Reduced chance of developing diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and even some types of cancer and skeletal conditions.
There are numerous benefits to taking a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. To find out more about how to improve your diet and lifestyle, contact JT Ethos today, to discuss our comprehensive range of services.
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