Benefits of a Balanced Diet—Eating Your Way To A Healthier, Happier You!
Posted May 12 2013 10:04pm
Living a life that includes a balanced diet has many more benefits than weight loss – although if you need to lose weight, a balanced diet is the best way to keep it off long-term.
When you’re living a lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, you’re getting the nutrients you need for your body and mind to be strong and active. You’re also helping to prevent many health problems that can come about as a result of an unbalanced diet.
A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods, so that you never get tired of eating the same thing over and over as in some diet plans. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and small amounts of dairy and meat provide the necessary mineral and vitamins to keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few ways that following a balanced diet plan can benefit both your mind and body:
• Prevent Disease – A well-balanced diet can protect you against diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and obesity. Following a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber can control your weight and help lower blood pressure. • Immune System – To fight off diseases, both communicable and non-communicable, you must eat a diet rich in the nutrients that your body craves. Vitamins such as A, B, C, E and Zinc, plus iron are critical germ-fighting elements that can keep you healthy. • Depression – Those who follow diets high in fat or those that deprive you of essential nutrients are more apt to become lethargic and depressed than those who follow a balanced diet plan. • Weight Balance – If you’re overweight, a nutritious and balanced diet can help you maintain your perfect body weight. Restrictive and yo-yo dieting can confuse your metabolism and make it difficult for you to either gain or lose weight. • Energy – Most fad diet plans don’t provide the amount or types of food needed to maintain the energy you must have to function in today’s busy world. If you’re not eating a balanced diet, you may find yourself lethargic and unable to keep up with the demands of your lifestyle.
Restrictive diet plans can rob your body of many nutrients that it needs to operate in a strong and healthy manner and yo-yo dieting can cause harm to your body by the inconsistency of what you eat and the starvation-binge nature of dieting.
There are many online guides and books that can help you decide if you’re eating a balanced diet or not. Also, consult with your health care professional if you have any dietary concerns.
Darlene is an economist, lawyer, author, publisher, consultant, mentor, internet marketer, and an aromatherapy and natural health enthusiast. She is passionate about helping women simplify their lives, beat stress, regain balance, and find joy, happiness & inner peace. She enjoys walking, gardening, baking, backyard camping, volunteering and Bible study.