1. Consistency vs. Mileage
2. Eating Healthy vs. A Weight Loss Diet Plan
Running has everything to do about eating. A runner runs on food like a car runs on gas. When you decide to take on running, it is important to also start watching what you eat.
The most common resolution tied up with running is dieting to lose weight. The problem with following a weight-loss diet plan, especially the low-carb diet, is that you lose weight fast, but gain them right back as soon as you stop dieting. Yes, dieting results in immediate weight loss. However, it shouldn't be your primary mindset towards a new you. Even before you start thinking of shedding the pounds, you need to start thinking eating healthy first.
Here are a few general tips to eating healthy. First, follow an old adage of eating only until you are 80% full. Never heard of it? It is also called eating in moderation. Unfortunately, our modern media has influenced our appetite to eat as much as you can and to supersize your portion. Studies have shown that portion sizes in fast food stores have increased by as much as five times larger than what it was 30 to 40 years ago. In other words, our idea of the right portion meal has also changed. People ask me as a runner if I have a special diet. I say, "I watch my portion size and I watch what I eat."
Secondly, limit your intake of high-fat and high-cholesterol foods. Examples are fried foods, processed foods, and full-fat dairy products. These foods can lead to heart problems. On the other hand, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. These rich-fiber foods regulate blood sugar and promote a sense of fullness. Not only do they reduce the risk of heart disease, they also help you lose weight.
Yes, weight loss is the desired tangible result but that shouldn't be your goal. This new year, start eating healthy. Moderate your portion size and be smart about choosing your food. But let me gently remind you that like running, the results you want to see will take some work. You can't replace your body like you can replace your old car with a brand new one. However, you can always do a tune-up to keep it running smoothly. The sooner you make up your mind to eat healthy, the better off you'll be.
3. Habit vs. Hobby