Healthy Diet: Importance of Eating for Our Health

by | Mar 26, 2012 | Health Habits, Nutrition Support, Uncategorized

How to Avoid Diets that Play Havoc with Our Body

Notice something? Whenever you come across a friend who was or is on a diet and has lost weight, that friend not only seems to have skin that no longer glows, he or she also seems dull and lacking in energy. They may appear to be in a much better physical shape but clearly, something is not quite right.

Thanks to various high profile commercially marketed diets that don’t work properly, “Diet” has become a four letter word that it should not.

Diet is not starvation!

Any diet that requires you to absolutely avoid certain non-junk food for whatever reason is wrong. With healthy eating one can eat whatever he or she wants – in moderation, of course. To dieticians, medical and fitness experts “diet” is actually synonymous with life style. A change in diet therefore, is essentially a change in life style because your life style has got a one-on-one relationship with your physical shape, your skin, your alertness and your energy levels.

Therefore, a good healthy diet is one that brings you back in shape without altering anything else. Isn’t that what you want?

Let us strive to Avoid Commercial Unhealthy Diets

Almost all commercially available diets have only one target, one goal – reduce weight. It seeks to reduce your weight in any way possible and will use very trick to achieve it – never mind the consequences. The success of the diet is purely determined by your “before” and “after” weight. Everything else be damned!

Apart from having just one goal, another problem with commercial diets is that they fail to tackle the root cause of obesity – unhealthy lifestyle. When the root cause of obesity is not tackled, there is nothing that prevents the dieter from going back to eating unhealthy foods. Thus the cycle continues but on the way to achieving the target weight, a lot of damage occurs.

Let us Change to a Healthier Lifestyle and a Balanced diet

Our forefathers had it right – we are what we eat, drink and breathe. Why you eat is irrelevant. You may eat because you love to eat or you may eat because you need to eat. In either case, you must pay attention to the food you eat. Why? Because the food becomes us and we are what we eat. Our state of health and even the state of our mind has a one-on-one relationship with the food we consume hence the importance of eating for our health.

Here’s our call to action to you.

Those of us who are overweight or out of shape, can lose weight, regain an ideal body shape and continue to retain our current robust health by simply altering the way we live. We must eat a balanced diet.

Briefly, a balanced diet is one that contains proteins (dairy, meats and poultry products), minerals, vitamins and fiber (vegetables and fruits) and fats (cooking oil). Consume according to need (usually around 2,000 calories worth per day), and exercise to utilize around 300 to 400 calories per day. Don’t overdo anything. Give your body time. In a matter of a few months you will see change. Your body will not only change shape for the better, your skin will have a healthier glow, your energy levels will be up and your mind will be alert and agile. Healthy eating has many benefits ;)