"Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life," according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
A balanced diet includes the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water according to WebMD.
Here are some tips that you want to consider when starting a diet:
- First, don’t start all at once. If you know that you don’t eat healthy foods in your everyday life, expecting yourself to start eating well at every single meal can be overwhelming. Give yourself a little slack and start off slow. Start by cutting out the bad food and drinks that you know that you shouldn’t eat and start replacing them with healthy alternatives. Start adding a salad to your diet once a day. Slowly you will make these healthy choices a habit (WebMD).
- Next, drink water. Drink a lot of water. You should be getting at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps flush out toxins from your body. It helps prevent headaches caused by dehydration.
- Every change that you are making is important. You don’t have to get rid of all your favorite foods. If you enjoy eating cake—let yourself eat cake in moderation. The long term goal is to have more energy, feel better, and reduce the risk of disease.
- Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of any healthy diet. They are packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. You should have a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. “Research suggests this can help to protect against cancer, obesity and various chronic diseases such as heart disease. This is because of the unique package of nutrients and plant compounds they contain,” according to BBC Health.
- Do everything in moderation. You don’t want every meal to be like a Thanksgiving. Think smaller portions.
- Never skip breakfast. If you do—you will find yourself snacking throughout the day.
- Don’t eat late at night. Late at night you will find that you are eating more out of boredom than actual hunger. If you are going to the kitchen late at night make sure you ask yourself if you are really hungry.
This article is a source of information only and should not be considered as a replacement for talking with your doctor about your health. Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise or weight loss plan (like a diet). This is important if you have any medical conditions. Your health care provider can help you with your weight loss goals and make sure the diet plan you have in mind is a good choice for you.