Your Key Food in Fitness

cruciferous vegetablesWhen you are starting out with an exercise plan, one of the keys to helping that plan succeed is to have a diet that will help your body stay lean, keep your energy level high, and help detoxify your body. There are lots of diets out there that are great and lots that are really bad.  You need to focus on “real” foods and avoid overindulgence in whatever diet you choose.

One diet that has been gaining popularity is the vegetarian diet, and its stricter sister called the vegan diet. A vegetarian diet means you avoid most meats, eggs, cheeses and other animal products.  There are some vegetarian diets that add eggs or other dairy products to help compensate for the loss of protein from cutting out meats.

A vegan diet does not allow any animal products and that is why this diet is harder to stay on for many dieters.  When you are deciding on a diet,  you can try a vegan diet and if it is too frustrating, go back to a more liberal vegetarian diet.  There are a few problems with a vegetarian or vegan diet and they include not getting enough protein and not enough vitamin B12.  This is especially true with vegans.

There are also many people who are seeing success with a low carbohydrate diet that cuts out grains and other carbohydrates and focuses on meats, fats, and vegetables.  There are many low carbohydrate diets out there, but the most popular one is the Paleo diet, which promotes eating healthy meats, nuts, seeds, and lots of vegetables.  This diet is based on the eating habits of the cavemen in the Paleolithic era thousands of years ago.  Paleo proponents claim most of the health problems with humans started when they started eating grains.

Whatever diet you decide on, your key foods should be vegetables, especially cruciferous ones.  These include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, mustard greens, and many more.  The research on these vegetables is amazing and they are potent cancer fighters.  You should have a few serving per day.

Having a good fitness plan, along with a diet that focuses on whole foods and vegetables will get you on your way to keeping excess weight off and feeling energetic and fit.