Are We What We Eat?
Whenever we talk about diet, there are numerous things that
come to mind. There are mainly two meanings of the word
diet. They both relate to food. First one can be defined
as food that we take into our body. For example, eating a
well-balanced diet. Another one can be defined as losing
A well balanced diet involves the proper portions of the
five basic food groups. You need proper portions of each of
the foods each day to have a balanced diet and optimum
health. As you move up the pyramid, the amount of the foods
that you need gets smaller. The bottom is the bread, rice,
cereal, rice and pasta group. Most people need 6 to 11
servings from this group per day.
Vegetable group is the next in the pyramid. 3 to 5 servings
are essential from this group each day. Vitamins and
minerals are provided by this group. Fruits group is next
in the pyramid. 2 to 4 servings from this group are needed
daily. Fruits provide us Vitamin C, fiber, carbohydrates
Next is the milk, yogurt and cheese group. People need 2 to
3 servings of this group per day. This group gives you
calcium and protein. Drinking milk and eating cheese and/or
yogurt is a great way to get your daily allowance.
The last group involves meat, poultry, fish, dry beans,
eggs, and nuts. This group is very vital. It is at the top
of the pyramid as you don't require as large an amount of
it each day. This group requires only 2 to 3 servings daily.
Lastly, is an addition to the food pyramid. Doctors and
scientists discovered that some fats are essential to the
body for a healthy diet so we added on the fats, sweets and
oils group. This is separate from the regular food pyramid
but should still be mentioned. The fats that your body needs
naturally can usually be found in the foods you eat so you
do not need to add additional fatty or sweet foods. While
these foods can be yummy, they should be consumed sparingly.
If you are referring to a weight-loss diet, you are talking
about changing or restricting your diet somehow to reduce
calories, fat or other to lose weight. No diet should be
used without talking to your doctor first. There are many
diets on the market and medications to help people diet. The
problem with dieting when not under a doctor~s care is that
you may be loosing nutrients your body needs to stay
healthy. You may be trying to lose weight because you are
overweight or obese, but can be doing more harm by
restricting vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Remember, if you are in doubt as to what your body needs,
please consult your doctor.
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