Can You Describe a Balanced Diet
To Someone Else?
A balanced diet is not achieved without knowledge and effort. One doesn't intuitively know how to prepare and eat a diet that has all of the best ingredients in their ideal proportions.
If you have never had the opportunity to learn what is necessary to eat in order to experience optimum health, now is a great time!
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A balanced diet includes macronutrients, micronutrients, and water. Macronutrients are those you eat a lot of: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Micronutrients are those you eat small quantities of: vitamins and minerals. If you eat the right macronutrients you will also get most of the micronutrients your body needs as well. Many people think that if they supplement their diet with plenty of high-quality micronutrients, then they don't have to be concerned about what macronutrients they eat. Not true!
Proteins, Carbs, and Fats
Enough with the big words! All of the food you eat has calories. Calories are the measure of heat energy your body receives from the food. Every gram of proteins and carbohydrates provides you with 4 calories; every gram of fat provides you with 9 calories. Depending on your gender, lean body mass, and activity level, you may need anywhere from as little as 900 to as much as 2,200 calories each day.
In a balanced diet, most of the calories will be in carbohydrates, since they're the body's main source of fuel and they are easily used by the body for energy. Proteins are used by the body's cells for growth, tissue repair, immune function, preserving muscle mass, and making the building blocks of cells: hormones and enzymes. And then there's the calories of ill-repute: fats. Fats provide the raw materials for growth, energy, absorption of certain vitamins, and maintaining cell membranes.
Do I Have to Become a Nutritionist?
If you don't have somebody who will feed you a balanced diet for love or money, then yes, you need to learn to do it for yourself. That is, of course, if you want to succeed at anti aging. It is something you can do, but it is something that you may choose not to do. You simply need to learn a little bit about the foods you put into your body and how they work in your cells. Now there are alternatives for those who don't want to do this: drugs and surgery.
Within the pages of Anti Aging God's Way, I have sought to give you simple tools for understanding how your body works and how you can apply that understanding to experience better health throughout the latter years of your life. Don't despair just because there may be some words that you have not yet become familiar with. Learn the basics and become an expert in how your body works to the benefit of your health and enjoyment of life. If you don't, who will?
How Do I Strike the Perfect Balance?
Someone has said, somewhat cynically, "The only time we strike a balance is when, like the pendulum, we are on our way from one extreme to another." We have tried low carb diets, low fat diets, and high protein diets. We've counted calories, blocks, and exchanges, and have been told that calories don't count. We've gone to the extremes; where's the balance? Is a balanced diet an elusive reality that is only truly experienced for brief moments of time? Can it become your reality for life?
The answer is an enthusiastic yes. But it will require of you some knowledge and some work. All over the Internet we are told of easy ways to lose weight or maintain good health or succeed at anti aging. Anything of value requires effort, and it is true with experiencing good health too. So, like the tortoise, plod on ahead. Don't try to — or expect to — change overnight.
The next step will enable you to understand exactly what a balanced diet for you consists of. Go for it!