What is a Balanced Weight Loss Diet?

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Jan 11, 2012
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What is a balanced weight loss diet

A balanced diet helps one prevent a variety of health problems such as heart diseases and certain forms of cancer. Besides, a balanced weight loss diet will help you maintain a healthy weight. A balanced diet is divided on the basis of the Food Pyramid or the Vegetarian Food Pyramid.

A healthy and balanced weight loss diet will include food products from the main food groups as has been outlined in the Food Guide Pyramids. The key to a healthy and balanced weight loss diet is avoiding fad diets because fad diets do not consider the importance certain food products have. A balanced weight loss diet will include the following:

 

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Carbohydrates


Carbohydrates enhance the ability of the body to produce energy. Carbohydrates comes in two major forms such as starches in the form of cereals, potatoes and pulses and sugars found in vegetables, fruits, cakes and sweets. Aim to eat a lot of carbohydrates if you wish to seek a healthy approach to losing weight. Avoid eating an excess of sweets, aerated drinks, biscuits, cakes, ice cream etc. Furthermore, ensure that if under difficult circumstances, you cannot avoid eating sugary food items, eat or drink them following a meal and hours before going to bed to avoid the probability of assuming tooth decay. Some of the good sources of carbohydrates include bread, chapattis, pasta, oats, breakfast cereals, rice, noodles etc.

 

Protein


Protein helps the tissues of the body to grow and repair themselves. Amino acids are essential for the building of protein, but there are some that are called ‘essential amino acids’ and can only be derived through food. Consume a moderate amount of protein rich food items such as meat, eggs, fish, healthy dairy products such as yoghurt, milk etc. At least fifteen percent of the total calories that you earn each day must come from protein, which should be about 40-50 grams a day. Avoid eating protein more than the aforementioned amount.

 

Avoid eating fats and sugars


Avoid consuming food products that have excess of fat and sugar. Some of the food products that include fats are butter, margarine, oil-based salad dressings, chocolate, biscuits, crisps etc. Some food products that include sugars include sweets, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits, puddings, ice-cream and pastries.

 

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