The Right Diet for You
It seems that today, many consumers are flooded with countless diets on the market, making it difficult for them to choose the right one. Estimates reflect the diet industry is worth billions of dollars each year. The fact is, however, many people are dissatisfied with their current diet plans and revert back to former eating habits, leaving many of those costly diets to fail each year.
To begin with, although many people assume the word, diet, refers only to restricting your food intake, it actually means the normal food a person consumes on a daily basis.
A healthy diet doesn’t need diet pills, diet food, or any diet company affiliate telling you what foods you can eat. Simply a change in your eating habits to sensible, healthy foods may be just what you need to get you on the right path of nutritious eating, as well as, reaching the goal weight you’ve always desired.
The right diet should actually be well planned with healthy meals that include lean meats, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and cereals. Of course, not everyone can include all of these food groups if they are following a medically restricted diet such as gluten intolerance, or allergies to any other food groups.
A few simple tips can get you started on a healthy meal plan that can be the right diet for you.
Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined foods that have not been chemically modified with additives. These foods include fish, chicken, and other lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk, legumes, whole grains, and eggs. Adding whole foods to your diet means avoiding processed food such as fish sticks, french fries, sugary cereals, potato chips and other snack foods, processed cold cuts of meat, hot dogs, sausage, frozen entrée meals, and bakery items.
• 100 % Fruit Drinks
If you prefer a glass of juice for a beverage, it’s best to choose only those juices that are labeled 100 % fruit juice, and not a fruit drink. Some juice and beverage drinks are heavily laden with added sugar and other ingredients, while containing only a small portion of the actual juice.
Trans fats are considered the unhealthy fats since they can raise the LDL, bad cholesterol in the blood. Tran’s fats contain hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated oil that extends the shelf life of some products. These fats can be found in some frozen food items, and processed bakery items like cake, cookies, and donuts. It’s best to avoid saturated fats too that are found in many processed foods and animal products, such as snack foods, bakery items, and some dairy products. It’s always best to read the product labels to determine if a food product contains saturated fat and how much.
Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are the heart healthy fats that are good for you. They can actually help lower the LDL, bad cholesterol, and help raise the HDL, good cholesterol. Good food sources of unsaturated fats include olives, avocados, nuts, peanut, olive, and canola oils.
Finally, the right diet, along with exercise, will be one that works best to help you maintain a healthy weight and body.