Diet, how many times do you hear people say "I'm dieting", "I'm trying this new diet" "how do you diet". But what does the word diet actually mean, Wikipedia define diet as the amount of food consumed by an individual.
There seems to be lots of confusion at the moment surrounding what defines a good diet, more and more people are becoming aware of how important a healthy diet is but are baffled by all the conflicting information out there.
So how do you diet?
The aim of this article is to keep it simple but explain what a healthy diet looks like and why.
- Low in processed and refined carbohydrates
- Low in processed foods altogether
- Low in trans and hydrogenated fat
- Low in diary produce
- Eat as naturally and organically as possible
- Eat a diet that is made up of around- 40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carbohydrates
- Get a wide variety of fruit and vegetables
- High in omega 3 fatty acids
- Controlled amount of alcoholic units per week
- Eat every 3-4 hours to keep energy levels high and the body using food as fuel and not storing food as fat
- Drink over 2L of water each day
- Limit the amount of stimulants....teas and coffee
The list could go on, but the take home message is, eat as naturally as possible. The human body evolved more than 2 million years ago with the foods ready available from nature. The human body thrives on a diet of protein, animal fats, fruit and vegetables. However as technology have developed foods have now become processed, refined and full of rubbish, meaning the human body does not respond well to them. This is why so many people have food intolerances, have gain weight, and why serious illness is on the increase.
A diet that is completely carbohydrate free is also not advisable, however what carbohydrates are consumed and when is very important.
A good way to end is by quoting a statement I want you to remember, Without fat and protein in the diet we would die, without processed carbohydrates in the diet we would be a lot better off.