Living a healthy lifestyle is a melting pot of several factors. One is not able to live a healthy lifestyle without a solid diet and workout foundation. The harmful side effects of processed food, drugs, alcohol, and sleep deprivation trump one’s life while mental and emotional stability aids in a healthy lifestyle. According to Jillian Michaels, “The right diet will regulate your blood sugar, balance your hormones, and maximize your energy, all of which promote optimal fat burning and muscle development.” None the less, one must form a platform based on healthy morals and principles in order to live life to its fullest potential.
A healthy diet consists of “three basic macronutrients- carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.” Protein comes in the form of lean meat and nuts, while fat comes from oils like almond, coconut, and peanut oil. A common misconception is that carbohydrates are only pastas. Carbohydrates can take the form as certain vegetables, fruits, and legumes. The correct foods and amount of calories depends on the type of oxidizer one is. There are three types of oxidizers.
The first is a slow oxidizer which “requires a higher percentage of carbohydrates than of fat and protein.” A slow oxidizer should eat a ratio of fifteen percent fat, twenty-five percent protein, and sixty percent carbohydrates. A slow oxidizer is able to digest carbohydrates easier than other oxidizers so therefore a larger amount of carbohydrates is allowed. A slow oxidizer should look for protein that is low in fat, carbohydrates that are low in starch, and try to keep their fat consumption to a minimal. However, a balanced oxidizer “requires an equal percentage of carbohydrates, fat, and protein” and should have a ratio of thirty percent fat and protein and forty percent carbohydrates. Balanced oxidizers are able to eat a wide range of foods and still perform well.
A balanced oxidizer should consume high-fat and low-fat protein and carbohydrates that are low in starch. On the other hand, a fast oxidizer “requires a higher percentage of protein and fat than carbohydrates.” A fast oxidizer is similar to a balanced oxidizer but the percent of carbohydrates and protein are switched around. A fast oxidizer should look for high-fat protein, low starch vegetables as carbohydrates, and natural oils or fats. Discovering the food that will benefit one’s body will ultimately raise energy levels, provide mental clarity, and stabilize one’s body.