Foods You Need In Your Diet

By Rob Harris

Depending on what your diet is and what you are trying to achieve by going on a diet, there are some foods and generalizations that can apply to any diet, as they are foundations of a healthy diet anyway. So if you are looking to lose weight to get back into that pair of jeans that used to fit, or you just want to eat in a healthier manner, these tips should get you going in the right direction.

Low fat foods: You can cut back on calories easily, without having to go far out of your way, by eating the low fat equivalent of products that you currently use. If you mix it up with other things in a recipe, you won’t notice the difference in taste because of the rest of the ingredients.

Don’t skip breakfast! Research shows that those of us who don’t skip breakfast do actually control our weight better than those people who do. Try to find a breakfast cereal that is high in fiber, is whole grain and is also low in sugar.

Fruits are low in calories, high in water content and have natural sugar as opposed to artificial sweeteners, which can be bad for you, like in diet versions of soft drinks. Have a bowl of apples and bananas in the kitchen for easy access when you feel like eating something.

Vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet and can add lots of vitamins to any meal, this is obviously a given.

There is confusion among dieters as to whether carbohydrates are good or bad for weight loss. The body does need carbohydrates as a source of energy, however there are good and bad carbohydrates.

Good carbohydrates are ones that are digested slowly and make you feel more full for longer and keep blood sugar and insulin levels at a reasonable level. Bad carbohydrates, on the other hand, are processed, therefore having their nutrients taken away, and digest quickly, creating peaks and troughs in the levels of one’s blood sugar and therefore energy.

Try to get enough calcium, to help strengthen your bones. Dairy products contain a lot and will be digested easily by the body. The RDA of calcium is around 1000 mg per day. It may be an idea to find a supplement or vitamin tablet that you can take if you don’t want to have to worry about it.

Only eat if you are actually hungry. If you take to comfort eating or eating because you are bored, then it is inevitable that you will start to put on weight. Also, sometimes, when you feel hungry, your body is mistaking the hunger for thirst and, if you had a drink instead, those feelings would go away.

In general, keeping a balance of all the food groups in your diet is the way to make sure you are eating healthily, when you are dieting. The food groups being starchy foods, fruit and vegetables, protein rich foods, dairy products and fats and sugars.

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