Sunday, August 29, 2010
A Diet and a Healthy Lifestyle
Because fad diets do not work long term, we must change our approach to weight control. In general, the only measure that is effective is the change of personal habits in diet and physical activity. Only permanent changes in lifestyle help maintain weight loss achieved. The benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise are innumerable, the most important being the reduction of risk of heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses, better self-confidence, energy level Increased and better quality of sleep.
A basic healthy diet should consist of three nutritious meals a day plus a snack or two. A balanced diet consists of foods rich in carbohydrates, protein and a certain amount - but not too much - fat. It is not necessary to completely eliminate one type of food for a balanced diet. You can still enjoy foods high in fat or sugar, but in moderation. A healthy lifestyle is not based on deprivations and prohibitions, but rather relies on the balance. Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is a good source of reference for a balanced diet.
When choosing a dietitian or a weight loss program, you should consider the following criteria:
* Dietitian or program recommends a gradual reduction in weight (no more than 1
to 2 pounds per week)
* Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is used as reference;
* A safe exercise program is recommended.