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How to Find a Diet That Fits Your Nutrition Needs

Aug 17, 2007
Living a balanced life and having a balanced diet is critical to maintaining sufficient energy levels. However, every individual needs something different. Several of these needs are based on the person's physiological characteristics. There are several different ways to find out what you should eat, and how much you should work out, as well as where the concentration should be. By understanding your physiological make-up, your nutrition needs can be more effectively met. The place to begin is your doctor's office. You will need to have some tests to create the foundation of your diet and exercise plan.

One important measurement is your BMI - or Body Mass Index. It is a ratio derived by comparing your weight to your height. The results indicate how much of your body is comprised of fatty tissue. As may be expected, there is an optimal range for your BMI that depends on your height and weight.

Another important measurement is the RMR, or Resting Metabolic Rate. This measurement determines how many calories you burn while at rest. As with the BMI, there is an optimal level. Once you know these two numbers, you can get some good ideas about how to modify your diet and lifestyle.

Finally, you will need to know your cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. Any one of these can limit the amount of exercise or type of exercise you can pursue, as well as the foods and diets you can try.

When it comes to calories, the three main items measured in nutrition studies are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. A complete analysis also evaluates for vitamins and minerals. All of these factors should be arranged in your diet in such a way that you get all of the recommended daily allowances of nutrients without having to resort to vitamins. Your diet plan should also take into account your level of exercise.

Other things that you should consider are dietary elements that can cause negative impacts on specific symptoms. As an example, beef is the only meat that offers every protein your body needs. At the same time, it is high in cholesterol. When you are changing your diet, therefore, it is important to keep track of your cholesterol levels, so that you can learn how your body is metabolizing certain foods.

Many times people seek diet and exercise programs because they found out their blood pressure may be too high or too low. Like high cholesterol, high blood pressure can lead to serious problems later in life. Both diet and exercise programs can serve to lower the blood pressure, as well as cholesterol levels. Some people, however, will need the help of medications or herbal supplements.

Once you have had your basic tests, and have decided on your exercise plan, you can begin to formulate your diet plan. This is not especially complicated. Basically, what you put in your body will have predictable results on how healthy you look and feel. There is a bit of effort to researching, and then measuring all of the nutritional values you will need to keep track of. In addition, you will need to do some tweaking and refining as you go along to adapt the basic diet and exercise plans to your individual body.

Knowing your unique physiological profile is an important part of developing and maintaining good diet and exercise habits. It will also help you to be able to find the right solutions to your nutrition needs. With some basic information and a sound plan, you will easily be able to control your weight, maintain your fitness goals, and have plenty of energy.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Nutrition and Health .
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