Beauty is More Than 30 Minutes of Make Up
Do you ever wonder how Hollywood celebrities always seem to manage to look camera ready? I guess you could just say that if you’ve got tons of money you can have hairdressers, makeup people and everything else you need to look your best before you even head out to the corner store, but the real answer is probably a little more complex.
If you want to have a perfectly sculpted body that only bulges in the right places you are going to have to work hard for that. But if you want to have that healthy glow that you only get from good skin, shiny hair and that bounce in your step that comes from feeling fit and healthy, than proper nutrition is the key. Eating right is not work, it is a lifestyle.
Although calorie requirements will change with your age and with the level of your daily activity a general rule of thumb is that teenage girls and young adult women need about 2,200 calories per day to meet their nutritional requirements. Teenage boys and young adult men need about 2,800 calories per day. Again these are very general rules. As your weight and level of activity increases your need for calories increases also.
Do not go by calories alone. You also need the right kind of fuel to be sure that your body is getting all the nutrients that it needs to make a healthy you. Things like candy bars, potato chips, and soft drinks have a lot of calories but very little nutritional value. Healthy foods packed with nutrition include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, most dairy products, lean meats, fish, chicken, beans, nuts and other proteins. Fruits and vegetables are like bonus foods. They contain a lot of water so they tend to make you feel full when you eat them. And since they are relatively low on calories to begin with you get a ton of fiber, vitamins and minerals and do not go away hungry looking for another snack.
If you had a personal trainer and a personal nutritionists like some of those Hollywood celebrities you could have your daily menu planned, prepared, and laid out for you at just the right times of the day. That ain’t gonna’ happen, however, so all the planning and preparation is up to you. If your schedule permits it eating small portions of the right kinds of foods five to nine times a day would keep you slimmer and also help reduce your risk of many diseases and also help in the prevention of infections and colds.
You know what the right foods are from the short list above. But if you do not know which fruits and vegetables you should be eating, the answer is simple – you want the widest variety you can get. It’s easy with fruits and vegetables because they come in almost every color. You can create variety in your diet just by choosing different colors: orange, yellow, red, green, purple, and brown.
You can make looking and feeling healthy more complicated than this but no matter which route you travel it will have to start with good daily nutrition.