FitDiver® Magazine June 2016 - Page 13

Eat a protein food first before eating carbohydrates. Protein is a low-glycemic food source that gives carbohydrates a place to land and allows the body to digest food slowly helping to prevent many of the metabolic processes that lead to stored fat. Proteins usually contain some amount of fat, which is also more satisfying so you may be likely to eat less. For example, if the party begins with cocktails, be sure to have a protein-based hors d’oeuvre with the first sip.

Make healthy entrees in advance to take with you for lunch and for easy dinners at the end of the day. Freeze the entrees if you need to. Most food items will last for up to 30 days in the freezer. It takes about two-to-four hours to prepare two-to-four weeks of meals.

Sometimes hunger is an impulse reaction to stress, boredom or habit. When you get hungry, wait five minutes before eating. What foods have you already eaten and when was your last

meal? Also, notice what you are hungry for? You will learn a lot about your eating tendencies this way. Keeping a journal is sometimes helpful. Spreading nutrition into five or six meals of smaller portions will give you energy for your

lifestyle performance and stave off hunger pangs. Eating more frequently actually boosts your metabolic rate and helps burn more calories. Each meal should consist of lean protein, fruits or vegetables, and a good fat. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. A serving is one-half cup. Just think of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber consumed each day. With this healthy eating regime you can eat more and not be hungry. The best news is the terrific energy you will experience while still losing unwanted pounds.

ScubaFit® suggests the following ratios of macroutrients for fueling diving activity: 55% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 15% fat, which are also ideal for weight loss. The easiest way to evaluate macronutrient components is to use a food counts book, software or app, which itemizes portions in calories, and lists carbohydrates, fats protein, in grams. It is important to create food combinations as accurately as possible, so be sure to read food labels for macronutrient information on specific products. Select foods within the caloric rquirements for your goal body weight and composition.

Be a Fit Dive Buddy

Anenomefish and anenomes live as buddies. Their symbiotic relationship is as unique and responsible as having a dive or workout buddy. The partnership makes life better and provides an extra level of safety and security. We know the importance of diving with a buddy.

Exercising with a buddy can help improve motivation, consistency, and overall results. Being fit and healthy for diving and life is an individual responsibility to self, dive buddies, family, workout partners and friends. Participating in the sport of diving is great motivation to take care of ourselves.

Anenomefish are one of the simple joys of exploring our underwater world and teach us to stay active, eat well and take care of others too.