The new year is an opportunity to rediscover a leaner, healthier and happier you. It is the time of the year when we take that extra effort to redefine our goals for the year to come, promising to maintain a healthy weight, taking a deeper look at our food choices, pledging to exercise regularly and paying attention to our skin.
Although coming up with these new year resolutions is easy, seeing them through becomes difficult for most. The key to its lasting success is balance. With a balanced approach to your nutrition and lifestyle, you can increase the likelihood of sticking with the positive changes you make during the new year last for the long term.
Let us take a deeper look and understand how this balance can be achieved.
According to Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education & Training, Herbalife Nutrition, a balanced diet follows the fundamentals of good nutrition, which consists of a balanced intake of the Big Three Macronutrients that your body needs:
But there is another side to balanced nutrition – and that is the idea of calorie balance. When your calories are balanced, it means that the calories you eat are roughly equivalent to the number of calories your body burns, making your weight stay relatively stable.
Depending on your weight goals, you might choose to tip the balance, keeping the nutritional balance constant. When trying to lose weight, one must take in fewer calories than they burn; those trying to gain weight must do the opposite. No matter how many calories you consume each day, ensure they are coming from a healthy and nutritious meal consisting of a well-balanced source of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Remember, along with a balanced supply of your macronutrients, keep your daily dose of fluids and fibre in check to stay well hydrated and look and feel your best.
“A well-balanced fitness routine, combined with a well-balanced, healthy eating plan, can help you to achieve optimum body composition results.” – Samantha Clayton, Sr. Director, Worldwide Fitness Education, Herbalife Nutrition.
According to Clayton, exercising with a structured and balanced approach allows you to enhance your overall sense of well-being, improves your sense of balance and boosts your confidence. When we work out regularly and follow a healthy diet plan, our body undergoes various physical changes in response to this improved lifestyle. It helps us lose weight, tone our muscles and achieve an improved level of cardiovascular fitness. Finding a way to balance the four essential components of a well-rounded fitness plan can also help maximise the time spent exercising. Include the following exercises in your workout regime:
Stretching: Regular stretching can help you become more conscious of your posture and gain body confidence.
Cardio: Engaging in cardiovascular activity is good for your heart and great for burning excess calories.
Strength: When you add resistance-based training to your fitness routine, you may lose excess body fat and gain lean muscle mass, which helps your body become more efficient at burning calories.
Endurance: Engaging in regular prolonged physical activity can improve your muscular strength and boost your overall endurance level.
Balanced Outer Nutrition
The pH balance of the skin impacts both your skin health and appearance. “pH” refers to the “potential of hydrogen” and is a measure of acidity or alkalinity. If your pH balance is off and is too alkaline, your skin is going to look flaky and red. If it is too acidic, it will increase the chances of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne.
So, what can be done to promote skin health?
According to Laura Chacon-Garbato, Director, Worldwide Nutrition Product Training & Education, Herbalife Nutrition, at the very least, you should have three simple products as part of your skincare routine. Firstly, use a cleanser geared for your skin type. Secondly, use a moisturiser with sunscreen (SPF) to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. And lastly, use a scrub for gently exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling refreshed.
Remember, balance is key to achieving a healthy mind, body and soul. So, ensure you eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and trust only scientifically backed skincare products to achieve healthy and glowing skin.