The fundamental rules of a healthy diet


Healthy eating is easy, but you have to follow the fundamental rules. Once you read this guide, you will understand that sticking to a healthy diet does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can become an integral part of your lifestyle.

Load your plate with greens

Almost everything you need to survive is packed into vegetables. They are full of essential nutrients like potassium, vitamins, and folate (folic acid). They are an excellent source of fiber, which will help your digestive system. Plus, they are really low in calories. Vegetables should account for around a third of your total diet. That means loading up every plate with greens. You can even get vegetables delivered to your door, using a service like Fruit in the Box.

Eat a healthy breakfast

For years, fad diets have been encouraging people to skip breakfast. Even now, some nutritionists swear by fasting and skip the most important meal of the day. But there is a problem with skipping breakfast. It will make you feel sluggish for the rest of the day and cause you to overeat at lunchtime. It is much better to start the day off with a balanced diet full of fiber and fruit.

Do not starve yourself

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat at a calorie deficit. That means eating fewer calories than you burn off in a day. But you should not starve yourself. Not only is eating too little dangerous for your body, but it can also cause you to binge eat and put on weight. Find out how many calories you should be consuming every day and aim for something very close to it. Remember, food is fuel for your body.

Ask questions when you eat out

You can eat out and still be healthy. But you need to be smart. At a restaurant, you can ask questions about the food. Find out about the calories, the ingredients, and the cooking methods. This should help you stick to eating wholesome, healthy foods.

Have a plan at the grocery store

Never walk into a grocery store without a plan and never walk into one when you are hungry. A detailed grocery list will help you stick to healthy foods and keep expenditure to a minimum. Even the healthiest stores are full of junk food.

Cut down on processed foods

Processed foods (such as ready meals, baked goods, and processed meats) are really common. To ensure that they last longer, they are pumped with sugar, refined carbohydrates, and trans fats. All of these are really bad for your health. Eat fresh food as much as possible and your body will thank you.

Limit your sodium and sugar

You should be checking the packets of everything you eat, so you can measure your daily intake. Sodium (salt) and sugar are two of the most harmful ingredients in food when you overeat them. It is okay to have a little but do not overdo it.

Do not just count calories

Calorie counting is an easy method of losing weight. Eat less than your daily recommendation and you will burn fat. However, you also need to think about what you are eating, not just how much of it. Eating vegetables, protein-rich foods, and carbohydrates are important to a healthy, balanced diet.