What foods do you eat every day? Are you getting all your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients?
There are so many that you might think it's impossible; the goal is to have a balanced diet. Recently in my last article, I spoke about the best diet for fat loss, what if your not looking for fat loss but just an all-around diet that gives you everything you need.
Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients play a significant role in how we function every day, whenever we fall short of one too many our bodies stuffer.
You might experience less energy, less strength, and or develop a weak immune system and get sick. We need a balanced diet in order to get those vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. So the question is, what foods do a balanced diet include? First, let's define what a balanced diet is.
A balanced diet is one that provides your body with nutrients it needs to operate correctly. Good nutrition from a proper diet includes food such as
These foods are where your calories should come from daily. Let's take a second to talk about calories. Calories are found in food; the food we eat contains the energy to help our body function properly. Every calorie has a measurement of energy. Our bodies use calories for just about everything, such as walking, running, and going up the stairs. On average most people require about 2,000 calories a day to maintain their weight. Please keep in mind that everyone's body is different and requires a different amount.
Now that we know what calories are and that they contain energy for our bodies. Let's go over the list of foods that consist of a balanced diet and give a few examples.
Protein is vital, and there is a trend to get more daily. As I stated in many articles before, protein helps repair and build muscle. After an intense workout, it's best to get a fast-digesting source such as a protein shake. The top choices for protein are eggs, greek yogurt, grilled chicken, chicken breast, protein bars, and protein shakes. When consuming protein, your body can only take a certain amount per hour. Protein is essential for a balanced diet and to preserve muscle mass.
Now that we have gone over what foods your diet should consist of, you should have a clear understanding of what foods to eat. You might be asking yourself, how do I get all of that food into my diet? You don't need to get every single food listed but try to add new foods every day. The easiest way is to get 1-2 foods from the leading group mentioned earlier. Preparation is critical, so having your meals already cooked will set you up for success.
An example is preparing your meals 2-3 days ahead or even for the week. When you have everything ready, you won't have to go to a nearby store, buying breakfast, dinner, and or lunch. Another benefit to this style of eating/ preparation is that you save money. You will see how much eating out during the week can break your pockets.
A balanced diet is advantageous and doesn't mean not having sweets. It's essential to control them but also to enjoy every once in a while. Depriving yourself will make a balanced diet not balanced and cause you to convert back into processed foods if you had them before. So this means having a burger, donuts, and ice cream in moderation when needed about once to twice a week or maybe even every two weeks.
If you or someone you know doesn't see the value a balanced diet presents, try it out for 15-30 days and take a look at how you feel? You won't just get your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, but you'll have more energy, a better night's sleep, and decrease your body fat. Remember, our bodies need to function for us to live our best life, and that only comes from a balanced diet.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.