What is a diet anyway?
This may seem like a stupid question to the seasoned and serial 'dieter' (of which I was one once) but it's actually quite an important question, well worth spending time to answer correctly.
'Dieting' itself, is the act of changing an eating habit in order to achieve a recognised 'healthy weight' or weight, shape, lifestyle, that you are comfortable with. My ideal weight may be a million miles away from what you may consider to be acceptable - but it only truly has to be acceptable to the individual to which it applies.
Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or become more athletic, your eating habits will either help or hinder you. Balanced diets, are therefore essential for your body's well being.
Obesity is everywhere we look these days. It's on the news, it's in the press and it's the most talked about conversation between friends and relative and even total strangers.
A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, nuts and proteins (lean proteins).
It isn't easy though to break the habits that we have formed over many years and we have many lame excuses for not tackling this problem head on.... "not enough time to prepare home cooked meals", "can't afford to buy fresh fruit and vegetables" and having to eat at 'odd' times of the day to fi tin with your job and lifestyle, are all very convincing arguments. But the question is still left hanging " Do you want to change or not?"
Once you changed you attitude (or freed yourself from the excuses) then you can begin to build your future diet around your busy life, your budget and your commitments. Boom! - you are on your way!
As a guide to start you off (knowledge is key to success):
Active women need 2400 calories a day
Active men need 2800 to 3200 calories a day
Sedentary women 1800 to 2000 calories a day
Sedentary men 2000 to 2600 calories a day
These are just a guide and one size doesn't fit all!
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