Healthy In The Long Run
Getting healthy in a short amount of time really isn’t getting healthy at all. Sure, you may lose the weight you wanted to, but you probably did it in an unhealthy way. This article will show you how to live healthy in the long run, rather than stressing your body to get healthy in a short period of time.
1 – Losing Weight
Some people would love to lose ten lbs in a week. However, that is not healthy at all. Instead, you should aim to lose that 10 lbs in 5-10 weeks. Losing around 1-2 lbs a week is the range that you want to stick to for overall health. Anything more than 2 lbs a week is a big stress on your body and is definitely not healthy.
2 – Caloric Consumption
While some diets may call for you to cut calories by 1000, or more, you don’t want to do that at all. You want to find out exactly how many calories you need and cut that number by 300 at most. The same goes for gaining weight, except you would add 300 calories. Making your body adapt to a big change like a 1000 calorie difference causes a lot of stress and is just asking for problems.
3 – Supplements
Supplements are not as good for you as whole food. Our bodies aren’t made to digest powders and capsules all the time. We are meant to digest whole foods from natural sources, which was the case for thousands of years before the last century or so. So, you should only take the supplements you absolutely can’t get through foods. Good examples are multivitamins (unless you have a perfect diet), fish oils (unless you eat enough fish), antioxidants (unless you eat an abundance of fruit), and our homeopathic HGH sprays.
4 – Meals
You will want to eat 5-6 meals every day in a range of 2-3 hours for every meal. This keeps your metabolism running nicely and keeps your body weight under control.
5 – Exercise
You might think that spending hours in the gym every day is healthy, but it really isn’t. You will want to workout 3-4 days a week for less than an hour each time. This is the best way to stay at your top shape without causing overtraining, which leads to some health issues until it goes away.
6 – Rest
Make sure to get your required sleep every night. Not everybody needs 8 hours and some need more than 8. It has been proven that everybody needs a different amount of sleep, 8 just happens to be the average. So, find what you need through experimentation and stick to that sleep schedule for optimal health.
7 – Drugs
Stay away from drugs as much as possible, legal or illegal. Obviously, you should be staying away from illegal drugs since it is against the law. When it comes to alcohol and cigarettes, you will want to avoid these as much as possible too. The occasional beer won’t hurt you at all but don’t even come close to being able to be called an alcoholic. Also, avoid prescription medications as much as possible, as many pills can cause major liver damage.
If you follow these 7 long term tips for overall health, you will be a much healthier individual than somebody who tries drastic changes in one month. Slow and steady wins the race!