By: Ton Vergel De Dios
Diet refers to what we eat on a daily basis. However, it has been ingrained in our minds that dieting refers to a calorie deficit diet or lessening the amount of food we eat.
The problem with just lessening the amount of food that we eat is that if we weren’t eating healthy to begin with, our bodies wouldn’t be able to sustain itself with the right nutrients it needs. This could lead to disease and a host of other problems.
The solution? A balanced diet where we get all the macronutrients and micronutrients that we need, and also shed that belly fat along the way.
Here are a couple of tips to start your balance diet:
Tip #1: Eating slow digesting food that is high in fiber can help fight off cravings that will potentially ruin your diet. Slow digesting healthy food can also give more energy than foods that digest faster.
The body’s main source of energy is carbohydrates which is why eating slow digesting carbs is very important especially for those who get tired easily or want to have that extra boost of energy.
Tip #2 Eat 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein and 30% healthy fats in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Carbohydrates take up the biggest amount since that’s where most of our energy comes from throughout the day.
Here are some Superfoods that you can include in your daily meals:
Brown rice is a superfood that makes a great substitute for white rice since it contains more fiber, protein and keeps you full longer than white rice, white bread or white pasta.
The more processed a food is, the more unhealthy it is. Brown rice is essentially a less processed, healthier version of white rice since the husks are not removed from the rice, and these contain the most amount of fiber and nutrients.
Oats contain Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and tells our bodies to go into fat burning mode. So aside from keeping us full with fiber, we’re also burning fat at the same time.
Eggs are a great source of healthy fat and are full of protein which can help with muscle building. Although it is relatively high in calories, the benefits from the nutrients in eggs can’t be ignored.
Broccoli is another mainly carbohydrate food that is also loaded with protein and Vitamin A. If you think beta-carotene just came from carrots, consider adding Broccoli to your meal and it will be great for your body and eyesight.
Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked and can be eaten with salad or as a side dish to a main course. Aside from being full of fiber, broccoli is considered a superfood because of it’s cancer preventing properties.
Nuts are a great substitute for unhealthy snacks like junk food or pastries. They also stave off hunger so that we can stay full until the next meal.