By: Chaïra Flanders
Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 5, 2019 (ZIZ News): From fast food, to bagged food and sugary snacks; these foods can be extremely dangerous for our bodies and affect how we feel and the way we look.
Processed food contains less nutrition, more calories and an excessive amount of salt but somehow we still consume it.
We caught up with Certified Personal Trainer with the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Nick Titley better known as Nick Fit, who says he is extremely passionate about one’s overall health and has been working in the fitness industry for more than a decade.
He said each year persons tend to give in to trendy healthy living which promotes temporary exercise and dieting ahead of summer, and then at the end of August, Carnival season.
The wellness expert explained that avoiding unhealthy foods are a sure way to achieve the healthy body you desire.
The personal trainer said, “When we are talking about weight loss and foods to avoid, what I will start by saying is that we really want to focus on the fruit and the vegetables, your lean sources of protein, your healthy carbs, your healthy fats; make sure you’re drinking your water. Avoid the sugary, the salty, snacky foods. Or if you can’t avoid it then minimize the amount of it in the diet”
Titley and the production crew toured the Basseterre Market where we were able to find foods that he says everyone should be eating more of.
“Make sure you get your bananas, make sure you have your apples, your pumpkin, your dasheen and all of those good stuff”, He said.
Good stuff indeed, but just like the fruits and vegetables, water plays an extremely important role in the functioning of the body and Nick says most adults are not drinking enough of it.
He said one of the biggest issues when trying to lose weight is cutting calories and that means no skipping of meals, especially breakfast. It also means cutting the amount of calories you consume if you are not burning what you put in. It is also important to understand that healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand and monitoring your calorie intake saves you time and burns fat the healthy way.
Nick said it is really easy to follow all these new and trendy diets to get results the fastest way but the best diet is one that suits your lifestyle and benefits your health long term.
What’s most important to remember, experts say, you are exactly what you eat.