No matter what perspective I look at it from, dieting patterns have taken a nosedive in recent years. We have almost completely forgotten the importance of a balanced diet. The meals we consume nowadays are loaded with energy, fats, and sugars. Vitamin-giving foods such as fruits and vegetables have been pushed so far into the rear that it’s a wonder when greens appear on our plates. Due to this unhealthy eating habit, many non-communicable diseases such as cardiac diseases, diabetes, and strokes have become rampant.
Professionals have come up with various dieting techniques that aim to mitigate the diverse effects that unhealthy eating has brought upon people. Some of the diet plans that have been proposed include;
- Intermittent fasting
- The paleo diet
- Plant-based diet
- Low-carb diet
- The DASH diet
Although the diets work wonders, we can all agree that they are not for everyone. When choosing the right diet for myself, I will have to put several factors into consideration; for example, my age, gender, work, and also my health history. Choosing the wrong diet plan could be as catastrophic as eating all the carbs and sugars. For instance, intermittent fasting works wonders in regards to losing weight and dealing with type 2 diabetes. However, although it is an ideal dieting plan, it would not be suitable for me if I was suffering from malnutrition.
I would not recommend choosing a diet based on the fact that it worked for someone else. Instead, seeking professional help will get much better results. Professionals such as doctors or nutritionists will look at a case thoroughly before recommending a diet plan for us to follow. Although we all know that proper dieting is good for us, it might take us a while to adapt to the new eating routines. One of the primary misconceptions that make dieting hard for us is thinking that healthy diets equal wishy-washy food.
The idea is ultimately out of line because nutritious food is anything but bland. Here are a few suggestions that will make your palate more desirable;
Whole foods refer to unrefined foods, and in most cases, they are unprocessed as well. Some whole foods like grain may be processed, but just a small amount such that the nutrients in the foods are not lost. Other whole foods include; fruit, vegetables, and legumes. Replacing some of the regular foods we consume with whole foods will positively impact our health. Sometimes, adding fruit into our snacks every once in a while is advised other than gulping in empty calories.
One of the diet components that we have taken very positively is refraining from sugary drinks. Since Coca-Cola launched diet sodas, most of us have switched our preferences to favor the diet drinks. Sugary beverages are the central propeller of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Other side effects of relishing sugary drinks include anxiety, premature aging, and liver damages. Knowing this, it is time for us to replace the packaged juices or sodas with things with less sugar, such as water or unsweetened drinks.
Nuts are the number one producers of healthy fats. Even better, there are so many ways through which we can consume nuts. We can easily eat them, add them to our recipes, or sprinkle them on our cereal. Nuts provide our bodies with an extraordinary amount of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals are essential to the functionality of our bodies and the strength of our bones and teeth.
Only by deciding to change our diets and sticking to our decisions will we have healthier lifestyles. Unlike what most of us might assume, dieting is pretty straightforward and will seamlessly become our routine.