A healthy diet involves balanced nutrition from a variety of fruit, vegetable, dairy and meat sources. People commonly make mistakes when choosing food options, and at Tysons Medical center we feel that what you eat can largely affect your life and clinical outcome. Here are some tips to help you improve your eating habits!


1. Don't go crazy with the calories after a long workout!

A common misconception that people have is that, after working hard on the treadmill or lifting weights, they are entitled to eat everything they want.... This is not true! It is best that immediately after working out one attains a balanced post-workout meal consisting of carbohydrates (to restore glycogen stores), electrolytes (salts last through sweat )and protein (to offset natural catabolism of working out, and assist in anabolic muscle growth), while remaining hydrated (to avoid kidney problems). An easy solution is a glass of chocolate milk immediately after working out, followed later by a glass of water later!


2. Savour the meal! It is not a race

The brain takes approximately 15 minutes to process that its full while eating. The easy solution to this, then, is to eat slowly! Enjoy the meal while it lasts! You'll have an even greater appreciation for your food.


3. Drink lots of water

Keeping your body hydrated is an essential way to stave off fat. The recommended daily amount of water is 8, 8oz glasses, or, in other words, 64 ounces! This way you will feel fuller, increase your metabolism and ensure proper physiological functioning!


4. Write down what you eat and when you exercise!

Everyone has heard of a journal or diary to write down their thoughts, but few even consider noting the foods that they have eaten. An easy suggestion, "Food Journal." This way, you can keep tabs on the foods you eat and indirectly give more thought to the food decisions you made. You can also track how these food decisions have affected your weight by keeping a log of your weight as the days go on. Don't forget tracking your exercise for even more useful information (and motivation!)


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