Sinclair Cares: Combine healthy eating with your workout
With the new year a lot of us are looking for a new leaner look.
But before you dig in to a new diet and exercise routine, you need to pay close attention to this Sinclair Cares report.
Maxine Bentzel uncovers how many popular diets are made up of foods that can essentially eliminate exercises effectiveness.
Personal trainer Wade Waddick works with people every day with the goal of losing weight. "I would say 85-90% of people who walk through the door are yes, looking to lose weight."
But it takes a lot more than just exercise. “We know that eating right and exercising is key to longevity.”
And eating right is right up nutrition consultant Lily Maul’s alley. She works with clients to teach them exactly what kinds of foods they should be eating. “I think it’s really important for you to fuel your body properly for the activity you have ahead.”
Lily says fad diets are popular, because they promise and often produce fast weight loss. “Everyone is talking about keto and everybody is talking about intermittent fasting."
But she and others we spoke with have concerns about both.
The keto diet is high fat and low carb, which means it gives you energy to work out. “Healthy fats give you a lot of energy. You should have enough energy to be able to work out.”
But she and others warn keto doesn’t offer enough protein to build muscle – effectively eliminating a lot of exercises effectiveness.
And she says intermittent fasting – while good for giving your digestive system a break every once in a while, doesn’t properly fuel your body for a workout.
“As long as the quality of food that you’re eating during the times that you are eating is high quality food, it’s giving you energy.”
And no food equals no energy for a fully functioning workout.
Instead experts suggest sticking to a diet that is high protein and low carb. It's easy to follow and provides what you need for peak performance.
“If you’re talking about longevity and you’re talking about health and you’re talking about aesthetics, I think you have to have the diet right before you can expect exercise to really give you the results until you can see the results of exercise.”
Also remember water is a critical component to your diet and workout. You want to stay hydrated at all times and always avoid heaving foods right before working out.