All you need to maintain a healthy diet, is to eat mostly healthy foods. It sounds simple enough, but in reality it’s not so easy.
Usually healthy foods are not so delicious, while unhealthy but tasty foods are tempting and almost irresistible. Fortunately, there is a solution! You will find that there are plenty of various healthier food choices, and you almost certainly may find and replace something that’s not tasty, with something that you would like (with similar nutritional value). Besides there is an ongoing tendency of increasing number of healthy recipes – designed to combine the tasty with beneficial.
Which Foods are Good and Which are Healthier than Others?
You can turn for help to a health expert for that matter, or just seek related information on the internet. Here are, in short, the basic principles of healthy eating.
First some key aspects to remember, which will help you to understand what healthy food is and how much of it you will need. A diet classifies as healthy when it is balanced and varied. For the proper function of the body – you have to supply it with the necessary amount of calories, while providing the sufficient quantities of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Your daily calorie allowance will depend on the healthy weight you are trying to achieve.
Some advice, when following a healthy eating plan:
It’s essential to eat food from all food groups. Many diets will restrict you from foods of certain groups. While such diets will indeed help you to lose some weight, the results would be temporary, rather than long lasting. For example, a protein diet restricts you mainly from carbohydrates, which will decrease significantly your calorie intake, but because your diet will lack important nutrition components – it won’t be beneficial toward general health issues. So the key is to make varied food choices, in order to deliver sufficient amounts of carbohydrates (potatoes, brown rice, whole grain foods), proteins (chicken, turkey, fish) and “good” fats (raw nuts – mainly almonds and hazel nuts).
Eat various different colored fruits and vegetables, to ensure sources of various nutritional values (vitamins and minerals). To maintain general health and proper functioning – the body needs the full scale of vitamins and minerals. So the more colorful meals you bring to your table, the better and healthier your diet will be.
When snacking, do it on healthy foods. Snacking in between meals is considered to be a weight-gaining factor, because it adds extra amount of calories into your daily intake, but this doesn’t have to be always true. Instead of chips and biscuits, if you aim at fresh fruits and vegetables, or some raw nuts and seeds – you will have your snack, satisfy your appetite and give your body a nice and vital doze of important nutrients. In fact snacking on the right foods is recommendable for balanced eating. It will suppress your hunger until the next main meal and will keep your metabolism high, allowing the body to burn more calories.