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8/12/2019

What is a Balanced Diet? and How to Keep Your Diet Balanced?



Many of us might be leading this year (2019) with a resolution to eat healthily. Don't worry, this year, it is actually going to happen with a perfect combination of a little knowledge and little efforts. In order to know the commandments of a balanced diet, we must first know what a balanced diet comprises of?

We all know, balanced diet includes both vegetables and fruits, and to be precise, a perfect balance of these two in it. However, we sometimes struggle in knowing what to include in our everyday diet chart? We are going to answer these questions in this article but first, lets know what a balanced diet is?

What is a Balanced Diet?
A Balanced diet is the one that ensures that our body gets enough nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and most importantly, protein. Vegetables , especially green leafy vegetables should be a part of our diet for it to suffice to be called a balanced diet.

At the same time, a balanced diet makes sure to maintain a long distance with processed foods and sweetened beverages. There are several benefits to adopting a balanced diet, but the most important one is that it alkalizes blood, which keeps your digestive tract healthy.

How to Have a Healthy Balanced Diet?
Before we start, we want to suggest everyone start simple. You don't have to include extravagant meals just for the sake of having a healthy balanced diet. We can prove to you that you can attain a healthy diet chart for yourself even by keeping it minimalistic.

1. Diet Food is NOT ALWAYS Healthy:

If you are on a strict diet or are just finding ways to live off salads,  If you are on a strict diet or are just
finding ways to live off salads, it is
quite clearly not a perfect way to
live as you are missing out on many
other protein-rich substances. You
can find various other healthy ways
to lose extra fat off your body, and
still be able to eat food substances
from every group.

2. Find a "Balance" in Your Meals:
Each of your meals should be a
source of carbohydrates, fats, and
most importantly, protein. You can
introduce healthy fats in your meal
by simply cooking your meals in
olive oil (or by including avocados
in your diet). Broccoli is a good source of protein so you can add broccoli to your lunch meal.

At the same time, you can eat
potato + rice in order to have
enough quantities of carbohydrate
in your diet.

3. Protein-Rich Food Keeps You Full:
One of the biggest diet-blunders
that we commit is having 4+ meals
in a day. Here's a tip: Protein-rich
food keeps you full for longer,
and also provides enough macro-
nutrients to your body. Ideally, you
should never have meals that are
deep fried as they add unnecessary
fat to your body.
Make sure to resist your urge to eat more than 4 times in a day (3 being
the ideal frequency to attain), in order to make your digestive tract to function properly.

4. Avoid Alcohol:
Undoubtedly, there's no room for
alcohol when it comes to a healthy diet. Apart from that, there's no
room for fizzy drinks, packaged
juices, and sweetened shakes as well. On a diet or not, make sure to minimize, if not quite, the
consumption of these drinks. We often miss the catch, when these drinks are marketed to us in the name of "healthy and delicious",
that these drinks contain a good
amount of preservatives in them
that are not considered healthy for
your body.

5. Switch to Healthy Alternatives:
Thankfully we are blessed with the boon of the Internet which lets us know about the healthy substitutes
to various unhealthy foods we guiltily love. At the same time, there are things we binge-eat without realizing, they are simply ruining our fitness quotient.

Take pizzas for instance, despite
being unbelievably tasty, pizzas
are doing no good to our bodies.
However, we can always substitute
the pizza base to brown bread, and
add healthy vegetables as toppings
on it? Okay, maybe it's a little less
tasty but it serves the purpose of
being "healthy" and kills your urge
to eat pizza as well.

BONUS: How many calories do you need in a day?
According to various research
papers, we can agree to believe
that an adult needs somewhere
between 2000 to 2400 calories in a day in order to maintain a perfect
height-weight ratio.

However, this is just a vague figure.
In reality, the number depends
on various factors including your
present height, age, weight, gender,
activity level, and even muscle
mass. Another study reveals that a
person's metabolism also plays a
huge role in determining the magic
number of calorie intake per day.
Eating a bowl of different fruits
in it is yet another way to keep a
healthy diet for your body type.

Apart from whole grain breads and
cereals, different fruits such as
apples are super-rich in fiber, and
thus can be eaten or included in
breakfast meals.

Here's a list of what not to eat:
• Sugary foods, sauces, and gravy-
rich meals.

• Foods that have excess sodium in
them.

• Fatty foods

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