In addition to exercise, proper nutrition plays a major role in maintaining total fitness. Good dietary habits greatly enhance your ability to perform at your maximum potential.
Our soldiers get enough energy from the food they eat and to obtain the variety of foods needed for nutritional balance, they are required to eat less and eat more frequently to carry out hideous tasks they perform protecting us. Even snacking between meals can contribute to good nutrition if the right foods are eaten.
Here we bring you the top 8 military diet tips to create more energy and stay fit:
- Think of food as a fuel, not as a gift, which means passing on food that is high in fat and sugar as they require extra exercise to be burnt. But if your day is going to be full of exercises and training, monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats are recommended for you.
- A high intake of fats, especially saturated fats and cholesterol, has been associated with higher levels of blood cholesterol, so experts recommend eating less fatty food for better overall health.
- Eat high protein, low-fat items such as: fish, beans, whole wheat pasta, egg whites, skim or 1 percent milk, and low-fat yogurt.
- Follow the food pyramid daily, and take a daily multi-vitamin as a supplement to your diet. Supplements enhance your daily nutrition intake. But, THEY SHOULD NOT BE REPLACED WITH REGULAR MEALS.
- For a good source of vitamins eat a diet rich in raw or steamed vegetables, green leafy romaine, whole grain breads, and fruits with skin. Avoid fried vegetables, iceberg lettuce (no nutrients), white bread, and canned fruits in syrup.
- Eat more of dry fruits which are rich in good fats. They help you shed the extra fats from the body and keep you fit. A hand full of almonds daily will just do it.
- The most accurate way to control caloric intake is to control the size of food portions you eat. Humans just need food that can fit in the hands, levelled. But we just go ahead and take heap full of it. Just know when your stomach doesn’t need more food and stop there.
- Keep a daily record of all the foods you’ve eaten and physical activity you’ve done so you can balance your calorie intake against your physical output.
- Drive less and walk more. Take the stairs when possible and never go a day without PT.
Nutrition and diet are about calories in versus calories out. Eating healthy foods that are high in fibre, vegetables, only lean protein — fish and chicken and eggs will help in a long term being healthy.
Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t follow it up for one day. Start again from the next day with more motivation.
Do you know more such diet tips to stay fit? Let us know.
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