A healthy diet – the phrase sounds so “good for you”, but does it sometimes make you think of boring tasteless food you probably wouldn’t want to eat?
It did for me.
The truth is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or flavorless at all – and the benefits of choosing healthy foods are certainly worth it.
The effects of healthy diets are many: more energy, less illness and disease and a longer, more fulfilled life.
Even memory and eyesight can be maintained and improved over time with healthy food choices.
If you are looking to achieve weight loss, a balanced healthy diet is essential. Eating a balanced diet and not starving your body with super low calorie diets or those depriving you of healthy foods will allow your body to lose weight at a rate that is appropriate for you, while maintaining optimum health.
So just what is a healthy diet? We have lots of information for you on the site about that.
For starters, here are two major points to consider about healthy diets and losing weight:
Balance is the Key
Like everything in life, balance is the key to eating well. Low fat doesn’t mean no fat and low carb doesn’t mean no carbs. Taking the time to learn just a little bit about the foods we eat, choosing wisely and avoiding those foods that our bodies really don’t need or like can make a huge difference.
See our list of the 10 healthiest foods to eat here.
Buddy up and Get Some Support
If your goal is to lose weight, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you are supported in your efforts. People who are part of a group working together to lose weight tend to succeed more easily than those who try to do it all alone.
Team up with a friend or family member who has the same goals as you do. Or, go to a web site and find support there. There are a few terrific sites where you can not only get wonderful nutrition information and recipes, but also create a great support system with online friends who are on the same path as you are.
There are many roads to healthy dieting and what works best for one person may not suit another. This site has information about many of the most popular and effective diets around so you can begin to determine which might work for you.
Healthy Diet and Healthy Lifestyle Information on the Site:
10 Things Needed for a Healthy Lifestyle
Buying Organic Produce: The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen
How To Increase Your Metabolism
More Tips To Help You Boost Metabolism
How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hungry
Getting Your Family to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Natural Weight Loss Tips to Help Control Food Cravings
The Top 10 Healthiest Foods to Eat
The Perfect Healthy Gift – The Fruit of the Month Club
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3 thoughts on “Healthy Diet and Lifestyle”
Lost 43 pounds in 7 months
Posted by Cathy Smith from Canada.
Im 41 5’2 inch female. I cut my calories to 1800 a day. I power walked and rollerbladed for an hour about 4 to 5 times a week. I ate five small meals a day. My in between snacks were counted as a meal that consist no more then 100 calories and under 15 grams of carbs.
What a Healthy way to Lose Weight!
Thanks for your input Cathy. What a healthy way to approach weight loss! Sensible eating, not cutting way way down, just a sensible approach to what you put in your body. Plus exercise, just making sure you move your body.
I could (and probably should) take some hints from you. And you may have motivated me to do just that.
Thanks for sharing.
Healthy Easy Weight Loss Plan
Originally posted by Lena from Winnipeg.
My mom’s friend introduced us to this healthy eating plan. And she went from 220 lbs to 150 in less than a year! My mom lost 25 lbs in 3.5 months on this. I myself lost 9 lbs for my grad and went from 153-144 lbs in less than a month. All of us have kept the weight off.
It’s quite brilliant. You are allowed to eat every 2.5 – 3 hours, but in portions which are no more than 250 grams(about 1 cup). This = about 1 banana and half an apple, a cup of rice, 250 grams of cottage cheese… Whatever you feel like.
There is 1 little catch though. You aren’t allowed to eat anything made with white flour, like pasta, white bread, obviously no baked goods or junk food. However, i didn’t find this to be a problem – i like whole grains better anyway.
You are allowed to eat natural sweets like a tablespoon of honey a day, or a serving of dried fruit. Also you are supposed to drink 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water half an hour before each meal to make sure you keep hydrated and don’t lose water weight.
1)You are never hungry. When at school/work simply stock up on healthy snacks and you are set!
2) You DO NOT gain the weight back after you stop dieting
3)Exersize is favorable and will significantly speed up results, but you will still lose at least 2-3 lbs per week even without it!
4) Your stomach decreases in size because of the small portions and after about a week you can feel yourself being very full after every snack/meal.
A helpful tip – if you go on any diet, take vitamin supplements. Sometimes we feel hungry only because our body craves certain vitamins and minerals. Weirdly enough, Vitamin D has been shown to help aid in weight loss! And 85% of North American people have a Vit D deficiency…
Anyways. I am back on this eating plan because i want to lose another 20 pounds to reach my target weight of 125. My time frame for it is about 3 months!
Submitted by Jacky Odye from India
Make sure to include green, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables — such as broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits. The antioxidants and other nutrients in these foods may help protect against developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Eat five or more servings a day.