Rethink Your Diet
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Should I change my diet if I start to work out?
A healthy diet is essential to women's fitness and losing weight. As you start a new health and fitness program, rethink your diet so it includes food that will give you energy and keep you moving. We all know the basics to dieting -- cut the fat, sugar, carbohydrates and so on -- but here are a few tips that will get you moving towards a healthier diet:
- When shopping for food, buy items that have at least two grams of protein per 100 calories. Foods that are higher in protein make you feel fuller longer.
- It is best to avoid sugary desserts altogether, but if you have an insatiable sweet tooth, substitute apple sauce for butter or oil when baking sweets.
- Take the time to think about what it is you really want before you give in to your cravings. Do you crave something salty? Grab some carrots and low-fat dressing instead of a bag of potato chips. Are you craving that left over birthday cake at home? Go for a sweet alternative like frozen grapes or strawberries mixed with non-fat whipped cream.
- Do not drastically cut calories to speed up weight loss, as this deprives your body of essential vitamins and nutrients that it needs to keep moving and energize your workouts. The average woman needs 1,800 calories per day. If your calorie intake dips below 1,200 calories per day, your body could end up going into survival mode and store fat instead of use it.
Find extra information on diets that are designed to help keep you in shape in a women's fitness magazine or pick up a cookbook to find healthy recipes.