As we enter into 2019 a lot of us will make losing weight a New Year’s resolution. Losing weight is a noble goal; however, you should stay clear of fad diets and quick fixes. Base your weight loss on changing or improving your nutritional habits. Eating a balanced diet is important for good health and wellbeing. No need to try something restrictive that you will only participate in for a short period of time and feel deprived. Your goal should be to find a healthy food program that you can make a part of your permanent lifestyle.
The basic purpose of food is to provide the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Of course, we use food for other things like social activities and emotional support. Yet, we should focus on making sure our eating habits are giving our bodies the nutrients they need to perform at the optimal level. Think of the term “food is fuel.” Healthy food provides the energy we need to function in our daily activities.
Good nutrition involves eating a variety of healthy foods that support your health. There are some basics for good nutrition. A healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. You should reduce sugar, sodium, processed foods, and unhealthy fats.
Losing weight is not the only benefit of good nutrition. Other benefits include improving your immune system and the ability to fight off illness and reducing the risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.
You may want to speak with a healthcare professional to develop a nutritional program specific for you. You can incorporate your individual likes and preferences. You can also research to find information regarding nutrition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the Mayo Clinic websites provide information on nutrition.
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