healthy lifestyle management

Importance of Balanced Diet in a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle management includes maintaining a balanced diet so that all the essential-nutrients required by the body are met, matched up with physical exercises and adequate sleep. Good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy body weight are the essential parts of a person’s overall health.

What is a balanced diet?  

It’s the food intake that offers the nutrients for the body to function properly. The importance of a healthy lifestyle also reflects on the correct intake of calories. The body gets the right nutrition when a wide variety of food is consumed, rich in nutrients. 

Calories are an indicator of the energy-content in the food. Following the food-intake, these calories are consumed in any activity be it walking, thinking, or even breathing.  

Importance of a Balanced Diet reflects in having more energy, improving health conditions and also boosting state-of-mind. Otherwise, one may be prone to diseases, infection or exhaustion. The importance of nutritious food for children is particularly important, since it decides upon the growth and development of a child. 

What falls under a balanced diet? 

A wide variety for the selection of food-choices should be from each of the five food-groups in the specific amounts recommended. These food sources from each food-group provide a similar amount of key micro and macro-nutrients to meet the body’s requirements.

A balanced diet typically contains 50-60 percent carbohydrates, 12-20 percent proteins and 30 percent fats. All the organs and tissues of the body need proper nutrition to work effectively by consuming the right amount of nutrients and calories to maintain an ideal weight.

Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that the body needs to function properly. They are also low in calories and fats. Hence, we must consume vegetables like leafy greens, starchy vegetables; intake legumes like beans and peas; red and orange vegetables, and others like eggplant etc. include grains such as whole grains and refined grains for example, quinoa, oats, brown rice, barley, and buckwheat. Proteins are easily provided by beef and pork, chicken, fish, beans, peas, and legumes; dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and soy milk. 

A proper meal-pattern comprises a complete combination of food-ingredients and quantities required for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. One needs proteins for muscle mass and blood cells which brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. The body requires quality carbohydrates, proteins, essential fats and fluids accompanied by regular exercise in maintaining physical health and well-being. Unsaturated fats help in reducing inflammation and provide calories.

The importance of a healthy lifestyle also comes along with eating rightfully which is Eating-in smaller portions, taking time to eat instead of rushing through the meals, reducing unhealthy snacks and also curbing emotional eating or Binge-eating. This needs to be supported with an active body and adequate amount of sleep.

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