So, you want to go on a diet, but don’t quite know exactly how to get started. Many people get stumped when trying to figure out how they want to diet and what their goals of the diet are. Whether you’re targeting weight loss as a goal, want to improve your everyday health, or want to try something new from what your accustomed to, I have a handful of diet tips you should consider while organizing and planning your new diet!
Incorporate All Levels Of The Food Pyramid Throughout The Week!
First things first, you should make it a priority to get all six levels of the food pyramid into your weekly diet. No you do not have to cram all six levels into every single day, and no one category of the food pyramid is more important than the rest; they each hold their own importance to sustaining and improving your health.
The six food groups: dairy, fruit, meat, vegetable, grain, and the special “other” group, all do their own jobs to help your body function properly:
- Dairy products give your body lots of calcium, which aids and strengthens the health of bones and teeth.
- Grain foods help provide and restore more energy to your body.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables provide a ton of fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs, all while offering a small amount of calories. Sounds like a great deal!
- Meat and poultry products give the body lots of protein to help grow and repair the body, which is great for after workouts.
- Lastly, the “others,” a group of snacks that provide no health benefits, but do they sure taste good. Try to limit the candy eating and soda sipping to once or twice a week at the most.
– All bulleted information was assisted by SafeFood.eu.
Drink Plenty Of Water Every Day!
They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but water sure does come pretty damn close. Water is the absolute best way to hydrate yourself, and being hydrated is just as important as being well nourished. As wonderful as water is for you, too much of it can actually be harmful, so it’s best to cap your goal at no more than two liters a day.
Water is also great for cooling your body and maintaining your body temp as well as help avoid headaches and flush your body of any waste. Bottom line, water is a must have in your everyday diet.
With all the wonderful things water does for our bodies, what’s not to love about aqua!?
Throw in an occasional salad!
Salads are very low on calories, very high on nutrients. Therefore, they’re very healthy for you and perfect for your diet!
Salads are cool because there are so many different ways to put a salad together, so many different salad dressings to add some real flavor, and numerous fruits and vegetables you can throw in to add some pizazz to your leafy treat.
They’re a great pre-lunch or dinner option, a tune up before your stomach takes on the main course.
Limit Sodium Intake!
Don’t be salty about this one, but too much sodium is bad for your body.
Sodium can be found in packaged and processed foods. Foods like ramen noodles, bacon and pizza (many of our favorites) are high in sodium content.
Having sodium in your diet can be good for you, as it helps balance your body’s fluid levels. However, at the same time, too much sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure and increases risk for heart disease and stroke over time. That is why it is recommended by the American Heart Association to consume no more than 2300 mg a day, with an ideal ceiling of 1500 mg of sodium a day for adults.
If you’re an active person like myself, electrolytes in your diet will go a very long way for you! Electrolytes are chemicals that can be found in household items like milk, yogurt, bananas and watermelons. Electrolytes can also be found in drinks like fruit smoothies (yum) and sports drinks like Body Armor, Gatorade and Powerade, although those are also fairly high in sugar.
Once you ingest these chemicals, they work to replenish energy lost from muscle usage and restore the energy you need to keep your grind on. And if you ever catch a cramp again, your electrolyte tank is on empty!
-All electrolyte information was assisted by HammerNutrition.com
Also Include Plenty Of Protein!
If you’re an active person like myself, protein in your diet will also go a very long way for you! Protein does a whole lot to help repair your muscles after an intense workout and helps aid the healing and strengthening of used muscles.
Protein can be found in many meat and dairy products, but can also be found in protein bars specifically for pre and post-workout snacks, and there are even protein drinks and shakes for after a hard day’s work.
There are many different ways to get protein into your system, you really can’t go wrong!
Vitamins Are A Must!
I know I’ve mentioned vitamins once or twice earlier, but let me go more in depth. Vitamins are essential to the human body (and your diet) and do way too many things for me to even list them all! Some of the biggest tasks vitamins do, however, are help wounds heal, strengthen the immune system, convert all the food you eat into usable energy and repair damage done to your cells.
As stated earlier, these essential vitamins can be found in many fruits and vegetables, but they can also come in pill form (and flintstone form!) Be sure to include vitamins into your every day diet. Don’t forget the essentials!
-Information above assisted by HelpGuide.org
Hopefully after reading through this article you have a good idea of what you should and shouldn’t include into your new diet plan and which things you should do your best to limit. Hopefully this article has given you some excellent diet tips and made you hungry for some healthy meals in the process, too. So get on out there and start your new diet today!