Staying healthy can be difficult if you don’t know what to do. There are a plethora of diets, fitness regimens, fitness gurus, and fitness centres available, and finding the right combination of dietary supplements, diet, and workout routine can be like finding a lost earring in a busy market.  If you’re regularly participating in active sports, then sports nutrition is important in sustaining your strength and fitness so you can perform at your optimum levels.

If you want to get healthy, the first thing you need to do is understand what healthy means. Being healthy means that you are maintaining the right height to weight ratio, keeping your circulatory system in great shape (clear of bad cholesterol and fats), and eating a diet rich in proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates (yes, carbohydrates!).

The perfect marriage of nutrients is a diet with the perfect balance of proteins and carbs. Proteins help build muscle, repair and rebuild cells, and fuel the body in long and steady streams. Carbs are complex sugars that provide bursts of energy/fuel to the body, but can be stored in the fat if not used up.

If you want to lose weight and gain muscle tone, eating a diet with healthy proteins like fish, low fat red meats, and dark cuts of poultry like chicken and turkey should take priority. Professional and amateur athletes working on more gruelling schedules often consume whey protein which is a natural concentrated form that can be digested quickly.

But if you want the energy to work out, burn the calories, and achieve the perfect heart rate for cardio, you need to consume healthy carbs like brown rich, whole wheat (noodles, breads, pizza crust, etc…), potatoes (preferably baked instead of friend), and fresh fruits.

Get creative and pair your favorite proteins with your favorite carbs, and make a meal that is good for you and great tasting too.