Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is so important, especially at our age. Most likely the habits we form now will carry on into our older adulthood. So, it is very important to form good eating habits now so that we will continue them when we are older and on our own. Having a healthy and balanced diet is the key to maintaining a health weight. Being either overweight or underweight can cause serious issues.

There is a difference between being overweight and being obese. The difference comes down to a person’s Body Mass Index or BMI. Having a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight and having a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. It can also be hard to lose weight if you come from a family that is obese/overweight. Although obesity itself isn’t genetic, if your family is used to eating a certain way than you are most likely to develop those eating habits which can cause you to become overweight or obese. Also, keep in mind that there is a difference between being healthy and being a certain weight. For example, you can be a certain weight, but it doesn’t mean that your body is healthy or that you have good eating habits. Eating vegetables and fruits can protect against certain types of cancer. About how many times a week do you eat fruit/vegetables? And having an overall healthy and balanced diet can reduce the risk of becoming obese or developing heart disease or diabetes.

It can be hard to eat healthy with our schedules. A lot of times we tend to skip breakfast, or just eat the same thing like Taco Bell or Pizza Hut every day. Do you usually eat breakfast? If so, what do you eat? While this may seem convenient and we may feel like we don’t have time to eat, we should always make the time. Skipping breakfast can raise your blood sugar which can increase how much fat you store. If you struggle with keeping your weight down, then try to pick foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients to help control the weight. What are some other things people can do to help keep your weight down? If you struggle to keep your weight up, try picking foods that have more calories and high in carbohydrates. Also try eating more snacks throughout the day and try to not drink water before meals so that you don’t get too full are able to eat full meals. What are other things people can do to gain weight?

One Reply to “Eating Healthy”

  1. I believe that it is very difficult to eat healthy in college and especially at VCU. Fruit and Vegetable options are limited and most junk food options accept swipes and are easy food to students. Shafer really only presents a diversity of options that we do not have to pay real money for. I hope that VCU will communicate with the other food options in Richmond that do not accept swipes to convince them to soon start accepting them. Strangely enough, I ate sort of in between healthy and trash and I lost 13 lbs. Having good time management skills is crucial to allow our minds to actually think about eating healthy and not just resorting to the closest, grossest option.

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