I get asked this question a lot. If you are asking me that question, you're telling me a couple of things about yourself and I would ask the following questions in return.
Everyone is different. Some have more time constraints than the other but if you narrow it all down, food shopping, food prep and eating portion is what really takes up most of your time. But, we all have to eat right?
So, if you're going to eat, might as well eat right, right?
The most important part of healthy eating starts with knowing what your definition of healthy eating is and what foods to buy. This will all depend on what kind of meal plan or "diet plan" you are following. I recommend making a list of all of the foods that fit into that eating lifestyle and keep that list on your phone. Now don' go crazy here, my list is consists of the main foods that fit into my meal plan but are the ones I love and will actually eat on a daily basis. As you all know, I follow a ketogenic meal plan and my grocery list consists of food such as; avocado, NY strip steak, ground beef, pork chop or loin, rotisserie chicken, salmon and different types of shredded cheeses and a boat load of veggies. So prior to going to the store or while at the grocery store, I'll take a quick peak of my list to see if I am running low on any of the items just to be sure I am managing my portion of the grocery list.
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With respect to exercise, this can also vary from person to person based on things like; time, motivation and your desire for change to occur in your body and life. In my opinion everyone should be doing a form of cardio vascular exercise a form of resistance training. Despite what you may read from other so called "guru's", the two do not have to be performed all in one session. You can go for a walk in the morning and then do some resistance training after work or during your lunch break. Your combined exercise regimen should at minimal consist of 20 minutes of cardio with 20 minutes of resistance training, that is less than 1 hour. If you cannot find 40 minutes at least 3 days per week to achieve this, well then, you really need to take a look at your lifestyle and break down your priorities. There is absolutely nothing more important in life than your health. I know you may have an important role in your career or have kids, well so do I, and if you are not happy the peoples around you will not be happy, but that is a whole other topic.
The point here is that cardiovascular activities and resistance training both have a boat load of health benefits, too many to list in this blog. With the thousands of books, DVD's, online information and programs available today, I recommend doing your research and selecting the program that may be most suitable for your lifestyle and get started ASAP. I am a huge advocate for following a program because it helps take the guess work out of it and makes it easier for you to maximize your results.
I believe following a program is so important that I created my very own program called 30Days 2Burn! My program is for individuals who are seeking to lose weight and build muscle at the same time and in the shortest time possible.