For centuries, people have been trying out different diets to control weight and maintain health, but the question remains—is there really a perfect diet?
It seems like every other week, there is another crazy diet coming out. Take this pill and lose weight. Eat this and shed pounds. It’s so confusing—no wonder why so many people choose to give up and just eat whatever they want.
The problem is that giving up on dieting altogether can easily lead to being fat and out of shape. Is it possible that a perfectly tolerable diet exists for everyone?
If so, it would have to allow individuals to eat healthy, stay healthy and know that they are getting all the nutrition they need for their bodies to functioning properly—a process that might begin by simply eating less.
This could seem like a totally foreign concept to many people. We are programmed to believe we should eat until full … or even overfull.
In reality, eating healthy requires only the consumption of a minimal amount of lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies. These should contain omega 3 fatty acids, because these are the good fats that can help to keep a body nimble, glowing, and even maintain cholesterol levels at the right level.
It isn’t necessary to eat all day long to get all of the essential nutrients a body needs, but consuming fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day provides everything from calcium to essential antioxidants and fiber.
Additionally, such produce has very few calories. Other food items, especially those containing fats or starches, should be served in smaller portions.
Those who are not totally convinced that eating less is the path to the perfect diet might be interested to know that there are certain things that can be done to work with the DNA that we are born with.
For example, consider sticking with a low fat diet if the characteristics of your DNA have resulted in low energy levels, a family history of heart disease or high levels of LDL (the bad stuff) cholesterol. This can help you to get a head start on keeping yourself healthy and battling your genes.
On the other hand, if you have such genetic issues as easily gaining extra weight around your midsection, high blood pressure and high triglycerides, you might find that a low carbohydrate diet is best for your needs.
Those who suffer from frequent constipation or indigestion, have a history of heart disease or diabetes, should maintain a solidly balanced diet.
Applied with diligence, knowing your body’s needs and maintaining proper portion size can alleviate weight issues and help you stay healthy for life.
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