For many people the main motivation behind eating healthy is to lose weight. This instantly makes you think deprivation which is why a lot of people have a negative feeling toward eating healthy. The good news? It’s possible to eat healthy and enjoy what you’re eating. But a thought shift needs to happen – don’t put yourself on a healthy ‘diet’ just for the sole reason of losing weight. Take a look at some of these great reasons to eat healthy that are not weight related.
Reasons To Eat Healthy That Are Not Weight Related
Eating healthy saves you money in the long run.
Unfortunately junk food is super cheap so it can be tempting to save a few bucks by stocking up on processed foods. A study was done that showed that produce and lean meats add about $1.50/day to your grocery budget, but it also noted that when you include the cost savings from preventing illness (ie obesity, type 2 diabetes etc) you actually end up saving about $2.71/day in the long run. Eat healthy now and come out ahead with both your healthy and finances.
Eating healthy reduces cravings for junk food.
Cravings typically happen when you don’t get all the nutrients your body needs which causes low energy. When you eat healthy your body gets the nutrients it needs so it doesn’t drive you to keep eating. Junk food might fill you up momentarily but once your brain realizes that your body hasn’t gotten all the nutrients it needs and energy is running low it’ll drive you to seek out more food. Typically it’ll drive you to eat food that’s high in calories and sugar looking or the fastest delivery of energy.
Eating healthy helps with potential muscle soreness after a workout.
According to several studies, what you eat after your workout will determine how quickly and how well your muscles recover. The biggest factor is getting enough protein after your workout. Protein provides the amino acids (building blocks) you need to repair and build muscle. For maximum results try drinking a shake with a good amount of protein and some healthy carbs right after your next workout.
Eating healthy helps with clear skin.
What you put in your body will directly affect your skin. If you suffer from acne try removing sugar, dairy and processed grains and see if it clears up. Try removing one at a time to see if a single one is what’s causing the problem. Drinking enough water is another way to clear up your skin.
Eating healthy can amp up your sex drive!
Researchers have found that eating certain healthy spices can actually increase sex drive and performance in both males and females. The next time you’re out shopping for spices pick up some saffron and ginger to use in the dinner you make for you and your partner and see where the night takes you. Stay away from alcohol though. While it might increase your desire, it will most likely hamper your performance.
Reap The Benefits Of Eating Healthy
There are a lot of delicious healthy foods out there and you absolutely can find ones that you love. If you’ve been eating junk for a while you’ll need to give your taste buds a chance to recover from the ill effects of overly flavoured frankenfood but once they do you’ll never want to go back to eating crap and feeling like crap. Try it!