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There is no such thing as a “perfect” weight or “perfect” body because we are all made differently; think about the different shapes and sizes of leaves that grow on trees. Everybody is unique, and everyone’s health needs are different. Which is why it might be a good idea to see a dietician to guide you with your eating plan. A dietician is a nutrition expert, they can help with things such as what to eat and how much you need.
There are great ways to find information on nutrition nowadays, like a nutrition api for your health blog for instance. However, this article breaks it down into general guidelines which are easy to follow.
What To Eat in 9 Easy Steps
The best foods for you are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products (especially yogurt), beans/legumes (including peanuts), nuts, and lean meats. These foods should be eaten daily because they provide the body with everything it needs to grow, stay strong and stay healthy.
If you are eating meat, try to eat less red meat because it is high in saturated fat, raising blood cholesterol levels and possibly causing heart disease. Fish and poultry are a better choice because they are low in saturated fats, but still contain lots of protein that the body needs to grow strong.
Try not to eat processed meat, (like sausages and bacon) bread and cereals which contain partially hydrogenated oil (trans fats), because they can raise blood cholesterol levels as saturated fat does. These foods should only be eaten once in a while, or even better — never!
There are people who have something called celiac disease. This means they cannot eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. If someone has this, they can develop health problems like osteoporosis (weak bones) if not treated properly.
Milk products, like cheese, are another essential part of a healthy diet. Try to choose low-fat dairy, like 1% milk, because it is lower in saturated fat (compared to whole milk). And if someone is lactose intolerant, they might want to avoid all dairy products.
Drink lots of water every day to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day! It’s also a good idea to limit the number of sugary drinks you have, because they don’t have any nutrients and you can gain weight.
Try to avoid junk food (like potato chips, candy, and ice cream) because they’re high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, making it hard for the body to stay healthy.
Too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, obesity, and diabetes. Sugary foods are not “bad for you”, but they should only be eaten once in a while instead of every day.
You might have heard that eating fried food or fast food is bad for you because it has trans fat, raising blood cholesterol levels. But some foods, like French fries and fried chicken, can be eaten once in a while because they are high in fats that the body needs to grow strong (like Omega-3’s). If you want to eat these types of food, try to deep fry them yourself at home.
One of the most important things to remember is that dieticians are not doctors. If you feel very unwell, see a doctor instead of a dietician. Doctors have years of education in health care. They can help investigate things further and help you to feel better.