Today we hear the word diet much more than we hear the word nutrition. There are so many diets on the market that it’s easy to get lost in the fad and forget what nutrition truly is. There is the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, Weight Watchers and many others, from Slim Fast to the various one-food diets, such as the cabbage soup diet or the grapefruit diet. Society has become fixated on the ‘diet’, instead of quality nutrition. Unfortunately, this fixation isn’t working. America is the fattest nation in the world, with high rates of diabetes, heart disease and other life threatening illnesses. While diets are becoming more popular, nutrition is suffering.What is a diet?While many people think a diet is a set of rules you follow to try to lose weight, your diet is actually the food that you eat to supply your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. While an average American diet consists of large quantities of processed sugar, white flour, meat and fast foods, a healthy diet is one that supplies the body with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and enzymes. These nutritional building blocks affect your energy levels, your quality of life, and have a direct affect on your mood, memory, eyesight, body functions and lifespan. Without a healthy diet that supplies the body with much needed nutrients, you are more susceptible to colds, infections, and illnesses. Your diet, in other words your nutrition, is what sustains your life.Nutritional LabelsThere is much confusion surrounding nutritional labels. Most people look strictly toward the top for calories, fat grams and serving size information. The truth is that nutritional labels offer a look at the nutrients in one’s food, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and folic acid. This information, although lower down on the nutritional label, is very important information if you are seeking to supply your body with nutrients, as opposed to empty calories.The most important aspect of a nutritional label, although almost completely overlooked, is the actual ingredients within your food. While it may be easier to check to see how many calories and fat grams a certain food product has in each serving, when it comes to healthy nutrition the most important ingredient is what you are actually ingesting. It may have only 220 calories, but where are those calories coming from? Are you ingesting mostly corn syrup and sodium phosphate, or high amounts of preservatives, such as sorbic acid and sulfur dioxide? The ingredients in your food are the tell-tale clues to how much nutrition you are actually taking in. If your food is strictly cheese and flour, as opposed to nutrient providing vegetables and vitamins, it doesn’t really matter if the calories are low.A Nutritional DietNutrition comes from vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Food sources that are rich with nutrients are whole, living foods that are supplied from the earth. Dark leafy greens offer more calcium than milk, while beans and grains offer high amounts of iron. It is easy to turn your focus from diet to nutrition. And when you do, you might find yourself eating a diet that is rich in nutrients and optimal for losing weight.
Becoming healthy is one topic on many peoples lips, “is the world really as unhealthy as health experts say” is a question asked by many. There are so many different views as to what is considered a healthy lifestyle. Here are five options included following.1. Pick what results you want from a healthy lifestyle: Quite often many people want to loose weight and think that a healthy lifestyle will kick this into affect. This is true, with a good and healthy balance of eating and exercise. Other people consider other factors of a healthy lifestyle these being the social aspects of sporting and gym cultures, also just exiting the house for a common walk is considered healthy and could also prove to be a social aspect too.2. Fast food or health food: Fast food has rapidly evolved over the last decade and is a more convenient option for people on the move. Along with the unhealthy options on menus all over the world, there are many fast food places seeing that a health food option is much better then an unhealthy option. There are now many dedicated outlets that specialize in healthy food for the benefit of weigh loss and also just for the benefit of a healthy lifestyle in general.3. Gym and outdoor sports: The gym is fast becoming a very convenient option for the working household with many gyms now with a crèche facility you can make the gym a social outlet for the whole family while exercising. Regular exercise is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Gym is a very efficient and practical option to people who are unable to join sporting clubs due to the hours they work or because of other commitments. Home gyms and circuit training is also an option for people with limited time and can exercise on there own. All options provide a great option for a social outlet and also for self confidence boosting as healthy lifestyle will provide a lot more energetic and happiness with yourself and others in day to day life.4. Social activities: Involving yourself in social activities is a great start to a healthy lifestyle not only does it give you a conversation but also the social life needed as a human. Whether your socialising with workmates after work enjoying a brew responsibly or running in the afternoon with a family member or girlfriend. A good responsible social life is what I consider a definite in a bid to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.5. Doing research: One major step to a healthy life is considering all your options especially in regard to exercise and eating. Eating the right foods in moderation with a regular exercise routine is the most appropriate and the healthiest way to become healthy. You will notice many diets each of which is up to the individual person and whether you choose to implement a diet plan or stick with a healthy option of appropriate foods and regular exercise.A healthy lifestyle is definitely a positive step in everyone’s life and hopefully you can take something from this article and use it for an advantageous result and head towards a healthier lifestyle.