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Are You Active? Here Are The Best Athletic Diets
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Are You Active? Here Are the Best Athletic Diets

What is the best diet plan for active people? That depends on what the definition of the word "active" actually is. Active means different things to different people with some people convinced that they do more than they really do. In fact, Americans tend to overestimate how much they move around by as much as thirty percent based on several different studies. In one, women were asked to estimate how many steps they take in their daily lives based on their normal routines. After filling out a survey about activity level, exercise and more, the women were fitted with both a heart rate monitor and a pedometer and asked to complete their daily routine. The results shocked most of them. They simply did not move nearly as much as they had thought.

The more active that you are, the more calories you will burn. That is a simple equation but it can still cause some confusion. Just because you are more active than you were before you cannot start eating more. For some people the beginning of an exercise program might actually cause weight gain simply because their increased metabolism will make them hungrier and they will eat more in response. So, the right diet plan is one that will allow you to have enough energy to get your exercise without gaining weight. If you are also trying to lose weight, your plan should allow you the flexibility to make those adjustments as well.

Many people are very happy with the Paleo diet which is also referred to as the caveman diet. In this diet plan you focus on lean protein sources, fresh fruits and vegetables and very few grains. Wheat, one of the most commonly consumed of the modern grains is a no-no on this diet plan as is dairy. Some people find it too restrictive, however and others have complained that some of the foods listed on the plan are either hard to find or too expensive to bother with.

A good diet should include protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat sources at the right calorie count for your personal needs. Super high protein diets, like the Atkins diet can be dangerous to long term health by increasing cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of heart disease. Those diets are also hard to stick to because they eliminate entire food groups that are actually needed. Remember, a diet is only effective if you can stick with it and make it for the long haul.


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