Dieting: The act of regulating food/drink
intake to provide energy to sustain life.
All dieting technigues work off the notion of balancing
the calories taken in with the calories needed for everyday life.
If you take in more calories than needed the body generally stores
the extra calories as fat. Not all diets are appropriate for everyone.
Some diet plans can be dangerous. Educating ones self on the proper
guidelines for healthy eating can be a very helpful tool when
deciding on a specific weight loss program.
Healthy Dieting Guidelines
| Healthy diet plans should incorporate a wide variety
of foods such as breads and cereals, legumes (beans), dairy
products, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, good
fats and oils. The food pyramid is a helpful tool when making
choices on food items.
All diets should consist of balance. It is important
to incorporate all the essential nutrients; protein, carbohydrates,
fibers, minerals, vitamins and even fat. While incorporating a
wide variety of foods can provide most needed nutrients, a good
multi vitamin is also a great way
to make sure your body gets what it needs.
Other Dieting/Nutrition Facts
Good Fat Is Needed!
About 30 percent of total calorie intake is needed
to supply energy and essential fatty acids. These fats help absorb
and transport the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and carotenoids.
These vitamins help; function of the retina(eye), growth of bone,
reproduction and embryonic development, protect cell membranes
and much more.
Carbs: #1 Energy Source
Carbohydrates are among the top fuel sources to maintain healthy
function within the body. It is recommended that we take in at
least 50 percent of total calories as carbs. Maintaining
adequet amounts of carbs can actually help prevent fat accumulation.
Protein: Build Muscle & Increase Caloric
The recommended amount of protein is about 20 percent of
total calorie intake. Proteins are essential for proper functioning of antibodies resisting infection,
regulation of enzymes and hormones. This final source of
energy also helps repair/grow muscle. This increase in lean body
tissue actually increases the amount of calories used by the body,
reducing the amount of calories converted and stored as fat.
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