According to a recent survey that had participants across the US, as many as two-thirds of participants reported being either obese or over-weight.
In some of the cases, the patients were themselves baffled as to why their body was gaining fat in spite of having a ‘healthy diet’.
That brings us to the question, what exactly is a healthy diet anyway?
In recent years, the weight management issue has become a fad, with people believing being lean means healthy.
The trend has given rise to many unhealthy eating practices too, and many think that a high amount of protein and low amount of carbohydrate is a good idea to go about their diet.
The problem is, there is no attention paid to the micro-nutrients, which are equally important and whose deficiency is giving rise to various metabolic disorders; weight gain being one of them.
What Seems to be the Problem?
Where do we go wrong when it comes to healthy living? Let’s take a look.
The Junk Food Issue
It’s long known that Americans have a liking to fast foods and aerated drinks. Be it for lunch or just a quick bite, it’s common to find us rushing to the nearest burger point. Some of us even debate that the lettuce, tomato in it makes it healthy.
That’s an obvious NO! These foods only add calories and barely any nutrients. An average American binges on fast food rather than preparing a nutrient-rich meal.
The Inability to Burn the Calories
To the top of it, people find more comfort in their couch with a laptop rather than getting a walk. Sure, Canadian mobile casinos are a great way to spend your time but they shouldn’t be the only thing you should be doing.
If you don’t exercise, the calories you consume keep on accumulating. With time, your excess calories are stored as fat. It’s simple physics – calories burned vs. calories consumed. Working out and maintaining a higher muscle mass will naturally make your body burn more calories.
The MyPlate Guide
(Illustration from Anatomy & Physiology, Connexions Web site. https://cnx.org/content/col11496/1.6/)
It was in the light of the dangerously growing trend of this food habit that made the former first lady, Michelle Obama popularize the MyPlate Guide in sync with the US Department of agriculture. This guide promotes healthy eating with suggestions spanning a wide range of recipes and variations. Even the popular site Pinterest, came to assist with these efforts.
In a brief, these are the general guidelines of the guide
1. Focusing on variety, amount and nutrition. Everything you eat and drink matters.
- Opt for foods with less saturated fat, sodium (salt) and added sugars.
- Small changes gradually build healthier eating styles.
- Support healthy eating for everyone in your family. If questions arise, ask for assistance from professionals and individuals in your community.
A short description of the ingredients that should be included in daily meals:
- Fruits: These are good sources of minerals, vitamins and a healthy amount of calories. These should be taken at least once a day.
- Vegetables: You should try to have a colorful vegetable plate. Include as many veggies you can in your diet.
- Grains: Ditch the notion that grains are responsible for weight gain. Include oatmeal, brown rice, and unrefined grains as much as possible. They are an excellent source of dietary fibers, iron, minerals, and vitamins.
- Proteins: Get yourself some lean meat, fish or a vegan alternative such as lenticels every day.
- Dairy: A must for compensating protein and calcium in the body. Opt for low-fat ones, and if you are lactose intolerant, there are now lactose-free varieties also available.
- Oils: Contrary to the belief, oils are also important for a healthy body; in a controlled amount. Olive and flax seed oil and sesame oil are some of the healthiest and richest in “good” fatty acids.
These food ingredients in your diet can pave the road to a healthy life, right from your kitchen. Ditch the weight loss apps and fad diets; get a balanced diet!