There is absolutely no doubt that our diet plays a major role in determining not only our weight but our overall health, countless studies and research papers had decisively proven that link. To put it simply “you are what you eat”, is one of those cliché that stands true. However, deciding on what is the healthy option when it comes to buying your groceries or ordering a meal in the restaurant is often very hard indeed. Nutrition labels on food has come a long way to assist us in ascertaining the healthy choice, however for majority of people it must feel like you need to complete a degree in nutrition just to pick the “healthier” yogurt.
Let’s start by taking a small step back, diet doesn’t mean, restricting yourself and reducing calories or particular type of food, what it does mean is being selective about what you put into your body in order to achieve your health and fitness goals. In this respect some people might need to follow high protein and low carbohydrate diet, by the way carbohydrates are not evil; while reverse might be the case for somebody else.
Taking a closer look at any nutrition label, it will have a breakdown of the amount per serving of sugar, protein, fats and carbohydrates etc. Please try to ascertain, the size of the serving as well as calories per serving, which in turn will help you determine the impact that food will have on your overall diet and calorie intake for the day. On the other hand, while the number of calories your consuming is important, even more important is the type of food those calories are coming from. For example, ideally one should try to avoid foods that contain high sugar content, as those foods will tend to offer very little nutritional value to your diet.
Generally speaking try to eat whole and unprocessed foods, without added sugar or reduced fat. Please try to remember by just spending that extra minute to have a quick look over the nutrition label, you will be able to make a much better choice when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet that is right for you.
Idealbody4life personal training team can help you stay on track and set the right diet guidelines for you by using tools such as diet diary and referring you to one of our experienced dieticians.