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You Are What You Eat!

Being overweight or obese is more of a health problem than anything else we are facing in the world. There are numerous diseases associated with being overweight. Heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and diabetes are merely a few of the serious ones.

One of the key things to keep in mind is that you can’t out-train a bad diet. Health and fitness is 25 percent exercise and 75 percent diet. If you eat high calorie, high fat, high carb, and high sugar foods on a daily basis, then you are basically eliminating your chance at being healthy.

I was in the supermarket the other day and a mother, coincidentally an overweight one, told her young daughter that if she behaved well then she would be rewarded with one of those caramel apples on the shelf. I peered inside their cart and there were literally no vegetables or fruit, just snackfoods. None of it was healthy. It was like they had bought stock in Little Debbie and was trying to increase the worth of it themselves. If the mother really wanted to reward the kid, she should have bought her an apple minus the caramel.

Next time you are at the grocery store, perform a little experiment. Without being too stalkerish or creepy, and without having the police called on you, go ahead and start looking in everyone’s cart. If you tell yourself that you would like to get in shape but you just aren’t sure what to eat, then this will be an eye-opener for you.

Look in the carts of people that are overweight or clinically obese and take note. There is a reason that they are overweight, and it isn’t a slow metabolism or problems with their thyroid. The foods they buy are not healthy. Whatever you see in their carts, do not put in your own. Use what they are doing to themselves as a warning sign for yourself.

Next, look in the carts of people that appear to be in good shape. Follow them around and see what they do while they are grocery shopping. You will probably notice that they actually read the nutritional values on the packages. Their carts will probably have fruits, vegetables, water, eggs, and meat. If they purchase any snacks, there is a good chance it will be low calorie. They will stay away from the middle aisles of the supermarket that contain mostly processed foods and junk, and keep to the perimeter where the fresh foods are offered. Just maybe you will make a new friend as you explain why you are creepily staring in their carts!

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Ryan Crawley has been a fitness expert and professional writer for many years. He also has a Masters Degree in Education. He has written for numerous well-known fitness sites on topics such as workouts, training, lifestyle changes, and diets.

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