The problem with most people wanting to diet is that they make it so complicated. They struggle with what to eat, when to eat, how to eat and why they are eating it. Wanting to diet is a very simple thing, its all about what healthy foods for a diet you choose.
There are 5 simple HEALTHY FOOD groups to stick to for a diet:
Vegetables and legumes/beans
Make it your goal to eat vegetables everyday, plenty of legumes or beans with a nice portion of Fresh meat.
Nothing beats eating a nice juicy piece of fruit, stick to eating 2 or 3 per day if you can. As the saying goes an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Lean meats and poultry, fish
This is where you get the majority of your protein from, eat a piece of meat 1 or 2 times per day. Stick to eating a portion about the size of the palm of your hand.
Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
Stick to eating wholegrain where every possible.
Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.
Stick to reduced fat and you won’t go wrong..
If you are serious about wanting to diet, stick to the above 5 healthy foods for a diet and you won’t go wrong. Try to keep away from highly process foods, fast foods, or take away meals.
If you still struggle with portion controls, try using a smaller plate to serve up on, that means going from a standard dinner plate size to a smaller bread plate size. You can still fit a nice piece of meat on the bread plate that is the size of your palm with plenty of vegetables.
Why choosing a variety of foods is important
It’s important to continually eat a variety of foods from each food group. Each group provides different types and amounts of key nutrients.
Snacking on Occasional Foods
This comes under discretionary choices and really should only ever be eaten occasionally, generally these foods fit into the highly processed category.
Examples of ‘discretionary choices’ or occasional foods are:
• sweet biscuits, cakes, desserts and pastries
• processed meats and fattier/salty sausages, savory pastries and pies, commercial burgers with a high fat and/or salt content
• sweetened condensed milk
• ice cream and other ice confections
• confectionery and chocolate
• commercially fried foods
• potato chips, crisps and other fatty and/or salty snack foods including some savoury biscuits
• cream, butter and spreads which are high in saturated fats
• sugar-sweetened soft drinks and cordials, sports and energy drinks and alcoholic drinks.
Sticking to mainly healthy foods for a diet, will make all the difference to you and your energy levels, make the choices you need to right now to ensure your diet doesn’t become unbearable. There are plenty of recipes that you can choose from on this site to help you with eating healthy.