WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Diet and exercise go hand in hand when you’re looking to make healthy changes, but without the right kind of food you might be wasting your time on the treadmill.
“Nutrition is the hardest part of getting our diet under control because there are so many temptations out in the world,” said health expert Evonne Varady.
When you’re trying to lose weight the first think you think of is hitting the gym, but working out might not be the most important part to shedding pounds.
“You can go to the gym every single day, but if your diet is off, you cannot out exercise a bad diet,” said Varady. “Everyone always has such a big problem with what they should eat for breakfast. A lot of people go to our little muffins, our sugary cereals.”
But even foods like Raisin Bran have high sugar contents and that hurts your diet.
“My suggestion to switch these out is to go to your old fashioned Quaker Oats,” said Varady.
For many of us, fast takes priority over healthy. But those microwaved lunches and drive thru dinners are full of sodium and fats. Varady said taking just a few minutes to make something wholesome can make a big difference.
“I’m not saying that you can’t ever go through a drive-thru again, but if you just limit that and try to make better choices it works,” said Varady.
It’s important to remember you don’t have to detox all at once. Swapping out just one soda a day can add up to over 400 calories saved by the end of the week.