Balanced Diet

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One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is eating too little or not getting enough exercise. This leads to unhealthy changes in your body such as low energy levels which can lead to depression and other mood disorders. The importance of a balanced diet is something that most people have heard about, but few actually take the time to listen. 

The problem is that it can be difficult for even the most dedicated person to make healthy choices when they are bombarded by junk food everywhere they turn. It’s not always easy – or convenient – to prepare meals at home with fresh ingredients, which is why it’s important for families who want healthy lives together to find ways around this obstacle!

A balanced diet has the appropriate amount of nutrients, calories, satiation, and pleasure in it. We need the appropriate nutrients in order to feel normal body function, and repair and build tissue. For most people, what this is going to look like is having protein, having fat, having carbs, and making sure that we’re eating fruits and vegetables. Calories on the other hand determine how much we need in order to fuel training and to burn fat, or at least prevent fat gain. For most people’s goals, it probably means you will have a slight caloric deficit or at least calorically neutral. 

The next thing to consider is the right amount of satiation; we don’t have to feel full, we don’t have to feel this emotional connection always to our food, which would be more of the pleasure side of things. But we need to feel satisfied with the food that we ate, and in doing so we help reduce cravings, which allows us to eat a nutritious diet over a longer period of time without falling off the wagon and resulting in bad habits. Likewise, we need to take into consideration the pleasure aspect of food, we’re given the sense of taste, so we don’t want to deny ourselves of ever having a pleasurable experience with food. We can also include having space in there for celebration for the social aspect, it can be done by having someone else cook something for you that you haven’t eaten yet. 

So the real importance of a balanced diet is that it is sustainable, where you can follow this way of eating over the rest of your lives and still meet all of your needs and wants when it comes to your nutrition. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by balancing what you eat and how much physical activity you get on a daily basis!