Is it as simple as that? Not all calories are created equally and although yes, it is as simple as that, here at Bolton Hot Yoga Studio we are more concerned about your health and we know that you need to consider the quality of your calories as well as the quantity.
Carbohydrates are needed for energy. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are usually highly processed foods that are quickly broken down into sugar which goes straight into your blood stream causing a spike in sugar levels. The spike leads to a dip and to you feeling like you want more of this type of food. Complex carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed slowly and are essential for health because they provide the fuel for movement.
Protein is needed for growth and repair. Proteins are broken down into amino acids and these are the building blocks of the body, quickly repairing any damage and building and replacing cells. Proteins are harder to digest, and this is a distinct advantage because it helps us feel fuller for longer and keeps those hunger pangs at bay with a feeling of satisfaction.
Fat is considered by many to be the enemy of dieters but again there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are needed for heart health and for all your cells to function properly. They are unsaturated fats and can help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. We need a small amount of fat in our diet; it is a rich source of energy and helps us absorb fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It also provides us with essential fatty acids. The bad fats are saturated fats. These increase our cholesterol which over time clogs up our arteries and can cause coronary heart disease. If we eat too much fat we gain weight, it’s as simple as that!
Hot yoga is only a small part of staying healthy – for us it’s the most enjoyable part! It’s part of an overall lifestyle and, with a positive mindset and a healthy, balanced diet you will notice a massive difference in your health and well-being.