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The Benefits Of A Balanced Diet And A Healthier Lifestyle

Jan 3, 2008
The key to following a balanced diet and living a healthier lifestyle is to keep an eye on the sizes of the portions that you are eating and the types of food that you eat. Making small changes to the types of food that you eat and having a varied diet is the key fact to slowly changing your diet to a more balanced one.

The basis to a well balanced diet is simple just begin to include pasta, bread, rice and cereal. The recommended portion of whole grains that should be included in your daily diet is around three servings but of course this is only a very rough guide. You also need to include plenty of fruit and veg in a balanced diet because this will ensure that you are getting the essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. When it comes to fruit and veg then the recommended daily allowance is at least 5 portions and of course you should vary the type of fruit that you eat.

There are many benefits to changing your diet and eating a more balanced diet. Of course the type of food that you eat and the portion sizes go a long way to losing weight. However this is just one reason for eating a well balanced diet. If you want your body to remain healthy then you have to make sure that you give it all the nutrients it needs. Nutrients are essential if you are to avoid deficiencies.

The types of food you eat will also help your body to keep up its immune system and also prevents certain illnesses. They can help to prevent heart disease and some types of cancer and also go a long way to controlling such as diabetes and lowering high blood pressure. If you suffer from either high blood pressure or diabetes then controlling your diet and eating a well balanced diet can help enormously when it comes to reducing the signs and symptoms of illness.

While there are many foods that you should include in a well balanced diet there are also certain foods which you should cut out. Fatty foods, foods which contain a high content of salt or sugar should be avoided as should foods with additives in them. Essentially a well balanced diet needs controlling when it comes to the amount of trans-fat and saturated fats that you eat. You also need to keep under control the amount of cholesterol and meat products you eat although some meat should be included in the diet.

The inclusion of plenty of fruit and veg in your diet is essential, at least 5 portions and along with this introduce low fat dairy products. Some types of fats are also needed in a well balanced diet and these should come from vegetable oils, fish, nuts, poultry and lentils. One way of ensuring that you know what you are eating and to determine how much nutrients and vitamins along with the calories you are getting is to read the packaging on ready meals. Packaging now has to meet strict requirements by listing the amount of fat, salt, calories and ingredients in easy to understand terms. This makes it so much easier to determine and learn about portion sizes and the nutrients in the food you are eating.
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Jason Hulott is Director at UK Diets Online, a service that provides information about all the major diet systems available, healthy eating and diet information. Visit now and take advantage of our special deals with Weightwatchers.
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