By Brian Cannone

When you are planning to lose weight and to get your fitness regimen back on track one of the most important factors that will ultimately decide if you succeed or fail is your eating habits. What you eat is a direct reflection on how your health and fitness regimen is going to go. If you eat poorly you will surely find that your results will be poor. If you want to lose weight and to stay at the top of your health and fitness game you need to eat properly. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to eat healthy is to plan and prepare. When you plan ahead of time exactly what you are going to eat and when you are going to eat it you will see that you will have greater, satisfactory results. You have to know what to eat and when to eat it. You also need to know what is appropriate for your diet and what is necessary to attain the calorie goal you have set daily for yourself. When you are planning your meals of the day ahead of time it will be far easier for you to keep track of your calorie intake and to stay on the right path in your health and fitness regimen.

Why is it essential to plan your meals ahead of time? Very simply, it makes your calories much easier to count and it helps you to stay on track. It has been proven that when you do not plan your meals ahead you are far more likely to stray from your health regimen. When you do not know when or what you are going to eat next you will notice that you find yourself snacking more and straying from your health and fitness regimen. You might think at the time that one cookie, or one slice of cake, or one candy bar won’t hurt your diet but you could not be more wrong. No, one candy bar will not undo your entire week. But one candy bar will inspire you to snack more and find it easier and easier to stray away from your regimen. When it becomes easier to cheat on your diet, you are really cheating yourself out of getting fit and healthy in a timely and successful manner.

Another crucial factor in your journey to be fit and healthy is to know what to eat for your most important meal of the day. What is the most important meal of the day? Yes, your mother had it right, breakfast! What you eat in the morning has a direct effect on how your day will pan out. When you eat improperly first thing in the morning or when you wait to eat and try to do other things before you actually eat breakfast you are doing yourself a disservice. You are not taking full advantage of the easiest way to help boost your metabolism and burn far more calories throughout the day. A good example of a great breakfast is oatmeal, fruit, and water. You have to keep in mind that nobody is born with a slow metabolism, it is something that must be worked (and exercised) in order to speed it up and make it faster. The first thing you need to do when you wake up in the morning is to drink a glass of water and then eat a proper and healthy breakfast.

Losing weight is not an unachievable task! It all comes down to what you are eating! It is essential for your health and fitness regimen to know what you are eating. You need to be aware, at all times, just what you are consuming and the food choices you are making. It is not such a trying task for you to know exactly what you are eating. When you are in the market or at your local grocer the number one thing you need to do before you pick up an item of food for purchase is to look at the label. How many calories are contained? How long is the shelf life? How many ingredients are contained in that item of food? All of these questions are questions you should be asking of your potential food choices. These are all questions that you NEED to know in order to keep you at your healthiest. You also need to choose foods that have the fewest ingredients and the lowest shelf life. If an item of food has an incredibly long shelf life it is NOT the healthiest option for you! You need to know that there are foods that are good for you, foods that are better for you, and foods that are best for you. Whatever you pick that is healthy for you, there are foods are an even better option for you.

The most important thing you need to remember when it comes to your dieting and your fitness regimen is that planning and preparation is key! When you are aware of what you are consuming and the choices you are making for the foods you intend to eat you will find that you are accomplishing more a lot faster. You have to know what you are eating and when you are going to be eating it in order for your health and fitness regimen to be the most effective. You are what you eat! When you have not planned your meals ahead of time and you do not know what your next meal is going to be you will find that you are far more likely to cheat on your dieting. Cheating is the most damaging thing you can do to your metabolism and for your health and fitness goals. Always remember: planning and preparation is the key to succeeding!