A variety of popular diets promise fast weight loss and fat loss, the majority of which include a healthy eating program and nutritious foods balanced with exercise. Some of the most popular diet programs can include detox diets or also diet pills. Most dieters want to know which foods will promote the most weight loss and which pills are not only safe to use, but also effective. With so many different fad diets out there in addition to pills that promote quick results, dieting can seem complicated and nearly impossible, when in factÂ a dietÂ can be quite easy and produce excellent results over time. Let's take a quick look at the food pyramid to determine what types of food a healthy diet should consist of. According to the food guide, a balanced diet consists of foods from all major food groups while limiting intake of fats and sweets.
- 6-11 servings of grain a day such as rice, bread, cereals, and pasta;
- 3-5 servings a day of vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables;
- 2-4 servings of fruits a day;
- 2-3 servings of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, or beans a day;
- 2-3 servings of dairy products including cheese and yogurt every other day;
- occasional use of fats, oils, and sweets.
Therefore, many diets that knock out certain food groups can actually be an incorrect balance of nutrition for the body, and can even go as far as to be harmful to the person on the diet, if eliminating entire food groups of nutrition. We should include all food groups in our diet to have a well rounded diet and good overall health.
I recommend using aÂ simple mathematical equation for diet and weight loss in order to achieve the diet results you desire. In this case we want to calculate the amount of calories you burn in a day doing regular daily activites and add the amount of calories you burn doing exercise programs such as running, swimming, yoga or aerobics etc. and have the number of calories you burn be greater than the amount of calories you intake. It is actually very simple and quite easy. Burn more calories than you intake and you will begin to lose weight!
The way to calculate calories when begining a diet and exercise program is to keep a journal log of the food you intake throughout the day and record the calories next to each food each day. Also record the exercises done throughout the week; beginning an exercise program with treadmill and eliptical or bicycle activities give the dieter an easy way to track calories burned per activity. For more information on burning calories, you can actually look up online how many calories are burned when performing different activities. I recommend calorielab.com to look up specific calorie information for intake of different foods as well as calories burned in everyday activities!
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