While healthy eating isn’t always easy, committing to it is one of the best decisions you could ever make with it comes to quality of life.
Why? Because not only does eating healthy help make you feel and look better, it can extend your life and even save you money. Here are five reasons why weight watchers need to eat healthier.
Healthy Eating Purifies Your Body
Avoiding bad for your food choices will help purify your body, not only helping you lose weight but to feel more vibrant and energetic. Foods that cause health problems include processed foods, soda, greasy fast foods – basically anything that’s high in calories and low important nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
A study published 2014 in the British Medical Journal discovered that eating at least five servings of fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fruit a day was associated with lower risk of death due to a health-related causes. Another study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that a healthy eating plan filled with fruit and vegetables, combined with exercise, extended the life expectancy of women in their 70s.
Eating healthy also reduces stress, which is one of the top causes of health related issues. When someone deals with chronic stress, the body ends up breaking down protein in order to fight its effects. Eating healthy, protein-rich foods can help moderate the body’s level of the stress hormone Cortisol. Studies have shown that consuming foods that are rich omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium can reduce Cortisol levels. Consuming healthy, protein-rich foods, including dairy and fish can help replenish the protein that the body needs to thrive.
Improves Your Mood
What we eat actually impacts the brain, along with the areas that regulate mood. Even though there isn’t a specific food that works as an antidepressant, sustaining stable blood sugar levels by consistently consuming proper nutrition can help boost your mood. Nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruit have been shown to lower the risk of depression overall, as have foods like fatty fish and nuts that are rich in omega-3 fats. Eating healthy foods increases energy, helps you sleep better, decreases joint pain and can make it easier to focus – all benefits that can’t help but improve your mood.
Regulates Your Weight
The sad fact is that over half of Americans today have weight problems that include obesity, which contributes to almost 1 in 5 deaths. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, reducing your body weight by making healthy food choices improves cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and decreases the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
Save Money on Life insurance
If you’re considering getting life insurance, it’s important that you know that the rates are based on your health and age. Life insurance companies will more than likely require that you have a medical exam and request permission to gain access to your medical records. If you’re in poor health, you could end up spending twice the amount for your life insurance.
Switching to a healthy eating plan, along with maintaining a healthy weight prior to applying for a policy can substantially lower your costs. But don’t wait on insurance. If you need life insurance now, then buy it. You can always get a new policy later.
While health insurance premiums can’t be based on health-related factors, many health insurance companies reward members for living a healthy lifestyle. Check with your provider to discover if you’re eligible for discounts on co-pays, reduced gym memberships and other special programs.
Remember this saying – “Garbage in Garbage Out”? This pertains to your body too. If you treat it like a trash can you’re going to experience negative, life-shortening results. Making healthy food choices will change your life for the better and it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.
Ready to get started on a Weight Watcher’s plan? Read my 2017 update and review here.