What a Healthy Diet Really Is
It’s a concept that constitutes strict food choices, staying unnaturally thin, and depriving yourself of every known food craved by mankind.
Wrong; it’s not “healthy diet” at all.
A healthy diet is about maintaining the balance of energy that your body needs by fuelling it up with proper foods. It incorporates lots of fluids that rehydrates (because you know, caffeinated drinks are diuretic and they make you lose body fluids instead of retain them), and physical activities to keep you, well, smart and active.
Therefore, having a healthy diet is a long term goal that allows you to enjoy the food you eat, have more energy, and reduce the risk of your becoming sick because of unhealthy food choices and drastic “diet” methods.
So how do you start eating a healthy diet?
Don’t think about calories. Think about what’s healthy. In terms of eating healthy and losing weight, you always tend to think that eating less is the way to do it. However, it’s easier to stay fit with healthier food choices rather than binging on unhealthy food stuff and hitting the gym as a sort of punishment for indulging yourself. More likely than not, you’ll feel fine with eating and justify that hitting the gym is no longer necessary. So before that happens, think about what’s healthy and incorporate them in your daily meal. Pick your choice with plenty of veggies, fruits, and grains to choose from.
A balanced diet is always the key. Too much of anything is always bad. You have to be able to think of balance and moderation even with a healthy diet. Think of the food you eat in terms of portion rather than hitting a goal. You have to maintain a healthy diet and that’s saying that you shouldn’t stop once you’ve hit your diet goals. Balance is not about eating less. Balance is about eating more of the healthy stuff and eating less of unhealthy food. Indulging in a slice of devil’s food cake once a week is fine but eating the stuff right after every meal as a dessert is a definite no-no. Greens are healthy but eating only green veggies all the time is not a good thing. Try to balance your plate with grains, fruits, veggies, carbohydrates, and servings of meat for calcium and protein.
Don’t cheat on your diet. Sneaking a snack at midnight, even if it’s a healthy snack, can be an unhealthy habit. Forbidding certain foods in your diet only makes you crave them all the more. To avoid cheating on your diet, follow the first tip: balance what you eat. It’ll also require your discipline. Just think about your weight goal or keep a mental picture of a healthy and fit you whenever you want to grab that bag of potato chips or relish a piece or two of glazed doughnuts for a snack.
Take time to enjoy your meal. What you eat is not just the important thing. It’s how you eat it too. Healthy eating takes more than the food present on your plate. Do you always eat in a hurry? Do you take time to chew? Do you stop when you’re close to feeling full or do you eat and eat until you feel stuffed? Enjoy your food, take time to chew and savor the flavor of the food you eat to help you feel fuller and avoid binging as one study found out.
For some last words, just keep in mind that choosing to crash diet isn’t realistic, neither is it smart nor is it healthy. Rapidly changing your diet overnight to “make it healthy” will only make you crave foods or binge-eat the next day. If you really want to be successful with a healthy diet, take things slow but be consistent at it until you see and feel your body becoming healthy, fit and strong.
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