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How to Eat Your Way to a Fit Body

By Genevieve Cunningham

A fit body doesn't happen by accident. If it did, we'd all be walking around with toned physiques and a ton of confidence. It takes hard work and dedication. But what surprises many people is that getting a fit body requires a lot more than exercise. While exercise certainly helps, getting a fit body depends greatly on your diet. If you would like to move your body toward better fitness, take a look at these tips for eating for the body you want.

Limit Sugar

You probably already know this, but it's worth mentioning again. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar can lead to weight gain, especially around the middle. And extra weight around the abdomen area definitely doesn't contribute to a fit body. If you want to eat for fitness, try to limit the amount of sugar that you eat. Stay away from cakes and cookies and donuts. While it's probably OK to treat yourself from time to time, it's best to avoid them as much as possible.

Always Choose Veggies

If given the option, vegetables are always the better choice. Whether it's a snack, a side dish, or even a main entree, choose the vegetable if at all possible. Green beans, carrots, salad, peas ... choose these! Choosing the vegetable over other options lowers the overall caloric value, increases the amount of nutrients that you consume, and will contribute to a fit body much faster than almost anything else.

Increase Your Protein

Protein is necessary for the development of muscles. If you want to look fit, you have to develop strong and fit muscles. Try having a little bit of protein with every meal and every snack. Eggs, nuts, lean meats, and even protein shakes are excellent ways to get a little jolt of protein. Don't take it overboard, but make sure that protein is a staple in your regular diet.

Getting a fit body is definitely possible. Hard, time consuming, and a lot of work ... yes! But possible! While you should definitely concentrate on the way and amount that you work out, your diet will play a major part in the way that you ultimately look and feel. Use these foods to give you a head start, and eat your way to a healthy and fit body before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chesterfiled, Mo.

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