Importance of a balanced diet
We all know the type and amount food we put in our body determines whether we lose, gain or maintain weight. It is best to try and workout your daily calorie limit and ensure you stick to it. If you are aiming to lose weight you must have a calorie deficit throughout the day (burn off more than you consume) and it is also vital you make sure your calories are coming from the best sources.
Ideally the majority of your carbohydrate intake should be through COMPLEX carbs in order to prevent an insulin spike in the blood stream. Examples of these are; Wholemeal bread, pasta, rice, sweet potato and quinoa. Carbohydrates are a vital source of energy but certainly should NOT be over eaten. Try not to eat them late at night, a high protein/vegetable evening meal is always advised. With regards to your protein sources always go for lean white meats (chicken, turkey) or oily fish. Eggs are a great source of protein and also contain essential fats which are not produced by the body (omega 3&6) which are vital for the regulation of certain hormones.
Just like most things, there are good and bad fats. Bad fats will increase cholesterol which in turn can put you at risk of certain disease whilst good fats help protect your heart and support your overall health. Good fats (poly and monounsaturated) are found in; Nuts, peanut butter, tofu, olive oil, sesame oil to name a few. Bad fats (trans fat, saturated fat) are found in pastries, doughnuts, cakes, fried foods, margarine, chocolate.
The majority of the human body is made up of water so it is imperative that we drink plenty each day. You should make a conscious effort to drink between 2-3 litres a day without fail. It will not only make you feel better but it will clean your kidneys, regulate bowl movements and improve your skin.
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