By Dr. Luigi Gratton, Vice President for Nutrition Training, Herbalife
Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed daily life for millions around the world, and reminded us of the importance of good health. This shift was confirmed in the recent Herbalife Asia Pacific Health Priority Survey in April 2023, which found that the pandemic prompted people in the Asia Pacific region to reassess their priorities, with 77% becoming more health conscious.
The survey revealed that almost seven in ten people have shifted their health priorities as a result of the pandemic. The top health goals that people are now working towards are improved overall health (51%), enhanced immunity (46%), better sleep (46%), healthy eating habits (42%) and improved mental health (40%).
All in all, the survey tells us that people now appreciate the importance of embracing a proactive and holistic approach to physical and mental health.
The good news is that being proactive about our health and wellness need not be complicated. Eating the right foods combined with regular exercise and support from peers are the key building blocks of a healthy life.
Nutrition for long-term health
In order to look and feel your best, our body needs a complex blend of nutrients, including the right proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
At Herbalife, we suggest that up to 30% of your daily calorie intake come from lean plant or animal protein; and another 40% of your calories from beneficial carbohydrates — whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits – which are the fuel needed for our daily activities.
We also need healthy dietary fat, from sources such as fish, nuts, olive oil and avocados, in order to function properly. As fats are calorie-dense, we recommend that you limit your fat intake to not more than 30% of your daily intake.
Then, of course, you need vitamins and minerals. You may consider taking supplements, along with boosting your fruit and vegetable intake. The latter will also help ensure you consume sufficient fibre. Proper hydration is also essential.
Regular exercise for improved wellbeing
An active lifestyle that includes regular exercise has been shown to improve overall health and wellbeing. A personalised plan with realistic goals and enjoyable activities helps keep us on track. Committing to a minimum of around 30 minutes five times a week on moderate to vigorous physical activity is ideal.
Community for lasting support
Living healthier takes effort, commitment and dedication – which can be especially difficult for those trying to achieve success alone. In our survey, Asia Pacific consumers identified lack of time (45%) and lack of motivation (39%) as the top challenges preventing them from working towards their wellness goals.
To overcome these challenges, an overwhelming majority (84%) of respondents recognised the importance of having a support group for their health and wellness journey. A support group gives us a sense of belonging. It is also a source of motivation and encouragement.
Maintaining wellness and optimal health is a lifelong, daily commitment. Eat well, exercise regularly and you’ll be well on your way to a sustainable healthy life.
In partnership with Herbalife