The Cute Lifestyle Do's & Don'ts
Everyone has different goals, I am currently very slim and trying to gain weight, as I want to thicken up my bum and legs, it's a personal preference. If you have a "body goal" it is VERY important that you Iove your body as it is, while you work towards building the body you want.
Your "weight goal" should be set at whatever weight you are healthiest and performing the best at. If you want to gain weight, you need to be in a calorie surplus. If you want to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. This has to be a slow and gentle process, you WILL harm your health if you eat too few calories or too many for an extended period of time. If your health, or performance starts to waiver, it's time so slow down and reassess. Once you have reached your "goal weight", you must tweak your calories and maintain a calorie intake that is right for your body; for most women this is usually between 1400-1800 calories.
Whether you are maintaining, losing or gaining weight, it is imperative that you eat a balanced diet; you must fuel your body with healthy food, but that's not to say you can't enjoy unhealthy food!
DOs & DONTs
DON'T completely cut out any food group (fats, carbs, protein)
DON'T stay in a calorie surplus or deficit for an extended period of time as this will damage your metabolism and general health
DON'T use a fad diet such as juicing, Atkins, Dukan etc
DO include grains and complex carbohydrates in your meals
DO exercise regularly
DO drink 8 glasses of water a day
DO use a healthy ratio of healthy eating to relaxed eating.
I eat intuitively, but in the back of my mind I keep a ratio of 80% healthy food, to 20% relaxed foods, this works really well for me. I use certain supplements to help me meet my nutritional requirements, and for a number of other reasons, such as to combat feeling bloated, or if I am lacking energy, or to brighten up my skin. All supplements should be taken as an addition to a healthy lifestyle, never as a substitute.