The All Important Basics
These days especially with the introduction and the ever-growing Internet to be an endless amount of conflicting advice when it comes to weight loss and what you should and shouldn’t do.
Depending on whether you specifically want to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol levels, improve the condition of your skin, combat a particular allergy or for one of many other reasons.
However when you analyze things and look at them more closely, however, you will see that advice is always basically the same in theory – eat plenty of unrefined, natural foods.
The Dangers Of A Bad Diet
Over time many studies have linked poor diet to conditions such as heart disease, poor circulation and high blood pressure.
You see the problem foods are more often than not those that are high in fat, sugar and salt, thus leading to excessive weight gain in the individual.
These substances may be “hidden” in packaged foods, so therefore it pays to always check the labels carefully for ingredients and nutritional information.
Carrying excess weight also puts a hell of a lot of strain on the back and joints and you will find that in general overweight people are a lot more prone to such things as diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, digestive disorders and also gallbladder disease, as well as certain types of cancer, particularly cancer of the colon and rectum, prostrate cancer in men, and breast, cervical and uterine cancer in women.
The Benefits Of Eating Healthily
You see the real secret to a healthy diet is quite simple really – eat very little fat and sugar and instead go for lots of fruit and vegetables and of course whole grains, as well as some healthy fish, lean meat and low-fat dairy products.
You will find that these foods are full of much needed nutrients, including antioxidants in the form of beta-carotene and vitamins E and E, which may help prevent the cell damage that can ultimately lead to cancer.
You usually find that with this sort of simple but effective diet, you are unlikely to have a weight problem. You will also be getting plenty of much needed vitamins and minerals without ever needing to take any nasty supplements.
You will have clear arteries, normal blood pressure, a healthy digestive system, glowing skin and shining eyes and hair.
In short you will be giving your body everything it needs to be full of health and energy.
Good Enough To Eat
Nutritionists recommend that you eat plenty of carbohydrates, not very much protein and very little fat.
The proportions, of calories per day from each group should ideally be: 55% from carbohydrates 15% from protein and less than 30% from fat.
The carbohydrates should come from eating 6-11 servings of starchy foods, 3-5 servings of fruit and 2-4 servings of vegetables.
For the required protein, you will need 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish,dried beans,eggs, or nuts.
Proteins contain fat and you will find that fat is dense in calories, so add extra fat and oil sparingly.