Beginner's Guide To Getting Fit
Part 1

When beginners are ready to start an exercise program, it can seem overwhelming at first. 

So many questions and perhaps confusion.  What eating plan to follow and what workout plan would be best?  

Those are valid elements to beginners and anyone else wanting to get fit.

I believe the first thing that needs to be done is to purge your refridgerator and your pantry. To get on the road to health and fitness, you need to get rid of all the junk food, but also all the food that appears to be healthy that isn't.

So many foods these days look and sound healthy, but are some of the most unhealthy.  Most things in a box are not what you should be eating when trying to get fit.  

Get Rid Of Boxed and Processed Foods

Be A Label Reader

Start paying attention to what is on the ingredient list.  This is where you'll see words that you've never heard of and can't pronounce.  

  • Acesulfame Potassium - Sunnett, Sweet One
  • Aspartame - Nutrasweet, Equal
  • Neotame - N/A
  • Saccharin - Sweet 'N Low, Sweet Twin, Sugar Twin
  • Sucralose - Splenda
  • Stevia/Rebaudioside - A Sweet Leaf, Sun Crystals, Stevia, Truvia, PureVia
  • Palm Oil
  • Shortening
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Sodium Nitrates and Sodium Nitrites
  • Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow Food Colorings
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Get Rid of Sugary Drinks

Don't Fall For The Catchy Names

A while back, I was at the grocery store early one morning and decided to grab some hash browns.  The brand was called "Simply Potatoes."  How could I go wrong there?  I figured that they would be potatoes and some seasoning.  

I was actually shocked when I read the label and saw about 20 ingredients.  Many of them could be found on the list above.  How can something so "simple" be so full of chemicals?

I decided to make them myself and bought a few whole potatoes.  I diced them up, added a little olive oil, salt and pepper and browned them o n the stove top.   They were very good even though they tasted like a cross between hash browns and country potatoes.  

Get Rid of Processed Chemicalized Bars

Other Catchy Names That Make Products Sound So Healthy

  • Healthy
  • Natural
  • Simple
  • No Sugar Added
  • New and Improved
  • Light 
  • Fat Free

Get Rid of Sweets and Junk Food

If It's Not A Whole Food Or A Food With Just A Few Ingredients, Get Rid Of It

If you have food items that are unopened, you can donate them.

The rest need to go in the trash.  Yes, it's money down the drain, but your long term health will make up that lost money.  

Boxed foods and packaged meals have to go.  Just dump them in the trash.  Soda's, bottled drinks, sports drinks, sugary drinks are also on the chopping block.  

Sugars and artificial sweeteners have to go also.  Anything that will tempt you is on the chopping block. 

Remember, deciding is the first step to getting healthy.

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About the Author Health Wealth

I'm just an average 40 something guy with a family who wants to help people get fit and healthy. I have a bachelor's degree in Physical Education (UTEP 1991) and a Master's degree in Kinesiology (Sam Houston State University 1993) I became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 1994 from the National Athletic Trainer's Association. I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1999. I have worked out (mostly) in some form or fashion since high school. I'm not super fit and I don't have a six-pack. I've don't Spartan and a few other obstacle races.  I've done home fitness DVD's and worked out at gyms. I'm not a runner or a Crossfitter. I don't eat perfectly, but do understand it's importance. There are too many people who are not healthy and too many people who don't know how to enter the fitness world.  There are too many personal trainers that are not qualified to work with people, especially beginners. There are too many false thoughts, gadgets, and expectations and I want to guide people down the right path so that they have success. If I share a product or service with an affiliate link, I either use the product or know the product. I don't know everything, but I know a thing or two.

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