Let’s Break It Down
You try to eat healthy, right? But what does healthy really mean? The first thing that comes to mind is to eat more vegetables. Is that really healthy though? If the only thing that you eat all day is broccoli, you would miss out on essential nutrients, as well as probably be bored out of your mind. Too much of a good thing can become bad for you. So if “healthy” isn’t the right word, then what is? We, at Access Change, like to use the word “balanced”.
What is a Balanced Diet?
A balanced diet is exactly how it sounds… balanced. You want to make sure that you are getting all of the nutrients that your body needs through food and dietary supplements. It isn’t a crash diet and it isn’t about avoiding any particular foods. You can have sugar and pasta, it just has to be in a portion that fits into your daily goal.
How Do I Eat a Balanced Diet?
The key to eating a balanced diet is eating a variety of foods to meet your calorie and macronutrient goals. This should consist of various proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as vitamins and supplements. You’ve probably heard that you should have a variety of color on your plate. Adding in fruits and vegetables with your more complex carbohydrates and protein, will help you get all of the nutrients that you need. Talk to a trainer to set your individual calorie and macronutrient goals.
Are Any Foods Off Limits?
Simply put, no. As long as you are staying within your calories and balancing your macronutrients, nothing is off limits. Where you can run into trouble is when you start eating trigger foods. You know what your trigger foods are. Is it the bag of cookies that you promised yourself you would only eat one of? Or is it the salty bag of chips that your hand keeps finding it’s way into? If you find that one food in particular puts you in danger of overeating, it can be wise to limit your consumption and access to that food. Not because it can’t be worked into your balanced day, but because it will make it harder for you to resist abandoning your balanced day.
No More Crash Diets
Eating a balanced diet is a much better solution than following one of the crash diet fads. It doesn’t have to be hard or miserable. You can eat the food that you want, in quantities that will get you to your goal. A balanced diet just means that you are getting all of the nutrients that your body needs, without excess. This alone will free you from the diet chains so you can live a balanced and happy life.
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