Every day there seems to be a new and wonderful diet plan that’s going to strip away all the fat you have in less than 24 hours without lifting a finger and eating everything you want to eat, requiring no effort whatsoever except that involved in buying the book itself.
So here’s a refreshing take on how to eat healthily, but more importantly, how to maintain a good balanced diet.
You see, many diets don’t work simply because they are too restrictive. Once we’re told we should never ever eat something, what do we suddenly want to do? That’s right…eat it!
A healthy diet may help to prevent certain long-term (chronic) diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may also help to reduce your risk of developing some cancers and help you to keep a healthy weight. This leaflet explains the principles of a healthy diet. It is general advice for most people. The advice may be different for certain groups of people, including pregnant women, people with certain health problems or those with special dietary requirements.
A note about the different food groups
Your body needs energy to work normally and keep you alive. You obtain this energy from nutrients in the food that you eat – mostly, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Minerals and vitamins are other nutrients that are also important in your diet to help your body stay healthy.
It is important to find the right balance between these different nutrients to achieve maximum health benefits (see below). A balanced diet generally contains food from each of the following food groups:
Starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, etc.
- Fruit and vegetables
- Milk and dairy foods
- Protein foods. These include meat, fish, eggs and other non-dairy sources of protein (including nuts, tofu, beans, pulses, etc).
Fatty and sugary foods are the fifth food group that you eat. However, only a small amount of what you eat should be made up from fatty and sugary foods.
Original source: http://patient.info/health/healthy-eating
In my humble opinion, there is far too much information out there about dieting. So much so, that it’s no wonder we’re so confused. One day Diet 1 is the only method that works, only to be told the following day that it makes your bones brittle, so try Diet 2, because that’s definitely the best one yet!
Whatever diet plan you choose, the trick is in maintaining it.
How to Maintain a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is a way of eating that allows you to consume all the nutrients your body needs from a wide range of foods. Maintaining a balanced diet is important to your health – your body’s tissues and organs require proper nutrition to work and function effectively.
Without an adequate diet you may be at a higher risk for a variety of chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. As our lives become busier, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet may be difficult.
Method 1 of 3: Planning for a Balanced Diet
Write a meal plan. Writing out a weekly meal plan can help you make sure you’re consuming a well-balanced diet. Plan meals and snacks to have throughout the day so that you’ll be eating each food group everyday.
- Take an hour or two of your free time and write up your ideas for all meals and snacks.
- Try tallying up all the food groups for each daily meal plan. Did you include dairy each day? How about enough fruits or vegetables?
- If you’re busy or on the go, plan for meals that are quick, require little cooking or recipes that you can freeze for easy-to-prepare meals.
Original source: http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-a-Balanced-Diet
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