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The Basics to Start a Healthy Diet

Posted by Rifki Hakim Thursday, 1 December 2011

What's in a healthy diet? It's hard to know these days, isn't it? Regardless of the type of diet you eat, most all nutrition professionals agree on three basic concepts :

Balance
Providing balance in your diet involves an intentional inclusion of different foods in proportion to each other based on the value that each food has to your total goal. For some, food choices might include a specific macronutrient balance. Most health organizations recommend a diet consisting of a balance from Carbohydrate at 55-65%, Protein at 10-15% and Fats at no higher than 30% of total calories. Other programs sometimes recommend that the nutrient balances be altered to a 40: 30: 30% or 75: 15: 10% Carbohydrate: Protein: Fat total calorie percent balance, respectively.

Lastly, balance refers to choosing healthier foods more often than foods that are less healthy. Give top priority to fruits. Add them as often as possible. If you feel you're really hungry, start of with that orange. It not only hushes your burning desire to eat something instantly, but it also make you maintain that balance, which you need so badly.

Moderation
With obesity incidence growing at epidemic rates, one of the biggest concerns for almost everyone across the globe. The more cold the region the more is the chance to put on heavily, especially on your butts, if you are a woman! Moderation first involves learning how much food is enough and how much is too much. More often than not, when you sit at your dining table, your body generally talks to you a lot. It's just that you need to listen to its rumble and comments while eating.

When you really feel the need to have just a little more of that tasty pie, stop right there! It's quite likely that you don't really need that helping, it's just that, the lure of that pie is so mesmerizing that you just cannot help yourself with another serving! Many dieting programs are very successful simply because they are very good at helping clients learn to plan food portion sizes appropriately. Because the feeling of fullness in the stomach can take as long as twenty minutes to register to the brain, it is important to regulate how much food is ingested before waiting for a full-feeling. Moderation, therefore, also involves learning the distinct difference between hunger satisfaction and fullness.

Variation
All healthy diets involve the inclusion of several food-types. The primary reason for this is health. Including a wide-variety of foods increases your likelihood of obtaining the required amounts of essential nutrients. It is well recognized that vitamin and mineral composition is food-specific. Another suggestion in this regard would be to add in a spice to your food. Try out new recipes and make the food look appetizing enough.

A simple well-decorated salad could make that huge difference in following a nutritious meal. Add in some fruit or the other from time to time. While some fruits are high in vitamin C, they are low in Calcium. So a variation helps to avoid food-boredom: trying new foods can be interesting and exciting. You could also add in a dash of your favorite dry fruit, meshed with a tablespoon of honey for a whole huge bowl for added benefit and flavor. It sure will look appetizing that way. After all who knows, you might discover that you really do like spinach!

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