Dieting can often be a confusing process. High-protein diets claim to be healthy, but they can lead to many different problems with your kidneys and liver. On the other hand, high-carb diets are typically low in fat and claim to reduce your risk of heart disease, but in reality they have the exact opposite effect. And then there’s fat – which some are saying is good for you while others are saying it should be avoided. Where does the truth lie? How are we supposed to know what’s healthy and what’s unhealthy with all of the conflicting information? The below information with help you balance your diet:
Diet and Exercise
The first thing you need to realize is that most diets don’t even consider physical activity. Whether you want to pack on muscle, lose weight fast or simply improve your health, exercise is an extremely important factor when doing so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you exercise at least 90 minutes per week, doing moderately intense activity such as jogging on the treadmill or lifting weights. The main thing you want to focus on is working out your muscles and getting your heart rate up into your target zone, so you can increase your metabolism and burn additional calories. Cardio can range anywhere from riding on a stationary bike to taking a jog in your neighborhood and when it comes to working out your muscles, weightlifting will definitely be the most effective method at doing so.
Load Up on Lean Protein
If you’re a serious weightlifter who wants to gain muscle fast, then you need to load up on protein. But this isn’t just limited to bodybuilders – anybody who wants to maintain proper health and wellness should consume at least 20-25% of their calories from protein. If you’re a serious bodybuilder, make sure you’re getting at least a gram of protein per pound of body weight. Regardless, eating things like beans, cheese, milk, nuts and soy are all fantastic ways to get the protein your body needs each day.
Choose Healthy Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are an important part of any balanced diet, but not nearly as important as you probably think they are. Quite honestly, your body can survive without a single gram of carbohydrates in your diet – but cannot survive without an adequate amount of protein and fat in your diet. Knowing this, you should make more of an effort to get your calories from protein and fat and you should actually limit your carbohydrate consumption – to less than 100 grams per day. I know this completely contradicts anything a doctor or nutritionist has told you, but eating a high-carb diet has been associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, an increased risk of cancer, and the list goes on and on. If you want to improve your health and your wellness, then drop your carb consumption to what I recommend. Another way to look at this is to not eat more than six slices of bread per day.
Increase Fat Consumption
I’m sure you’ve heard the myth that “fat clogs your arteries and causes heart disease.” Although this has been conventional nutrition since the 1950’s, there is absolutely no truth to this statement and it’s the low fat diet that so many people consume these days that has been associated with the increased incidence of depression, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and so on. Fat is nutritionally dense and will keep you satisfied for long periods of time, so if you want to drop body fat at the quickest possible rate possible then you should definitely be increasing your fat consumption. Not only this, but your health will take a turn for the better as well. I recommend that you get at least 30% of your calories from fat and don’t be afraid to bump that number up even more – you could consume up to 65% of your calories from fat if you really wanted to.
Hopefully this article has cleared some things up for you on how to balance your diet. There’s so much misinformation out there and unfortunately for many people, they fall for the traps that the mainstream media and government has set for them. Their health often takes a turn for the worst and they become overweight and unhappy and it’s all due to bad information and people who don’t have a clue about what good nutrition should be. But as for you, now you know the truth so you don’t have to live in darkness anymore – you have seen the light so use the light to your advantage!