In our society we throw around the word "diet" for everything. Healthy diet, low-fat diet, clean diet, no-carb diet, cabbage diet, HCG diet, vegetarian diet, vegan diet, baby food diet and various others. Diet is the food that you eat, PERIOD. We are all on "diets" because it is the food that we eat. Now that we have established that, let's talk about healthy dieting and what it looks like and what it means.
Healthy dieting can mean that you are just eating healthy food, or you have a specific goal of losing weight, maintaining weight, or gaining lean muscle mass.
A healthy diet should consist of 5-6 small meals (200-300 calories depending on specific goals) that are spread out evenly throughout the day. A healthy diet is clean whole foods. Each meal should consist of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fat. A healthy diet means making better choices with food. Choosing lean meats, beans, nuts, egg whites, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and avoiding simple carbs & refined sugars. Drink plenty of water during the day, and avoid empty calorie drinks.
Healthy dieting doesn't mean downing diet cokes, skipping meals, severely restricting calories or avoiding important essential food groups.
There are a lot of quick fixes out there, but remember if it sounds too good to be true then you can bet it is! Don't believe the promises of quick weight loss, boundless energy, and muscles without exercise... it's usually dangerous, costly, and ineffective in the long run.
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