Balance of your diet
Among dietary discourse you can hear about all types of miracle diets, surefire weight-loss techniques, magical drinks that return people to full health in moments, but…
Have any of those miracle promoters ever uttered the word „balance”? Whether you exercise or not, work stationary job or not, live in a city like Southampton or in rural region, if your diet is unbalanced, no amount of magical treatments will help you keep your weight stable, and health in a good condition.
What is balance in a diet?
It’s a harmony of intake amounts of certain group of foods a human eats daily. Those groups are generally separated into fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Their role is to provide you energy, help build your muscle and transport and store water, as well as vitamins and other microelements your body needs to function properly.
Each of the groups have their assigned jobs.
Fats and carbohydrates both are mainly energy sources, that’s why the balance between the two needs to always include high intake of one and low of the other. High carbohydrates’ intake? Low fats. High fats? Lower carbs. It helps to keep the body from getting too much energy fuel, and storing it in your body in form of fat cells – in short, it keeps you from gaining weight.
Proteins are the main building material of our muscles. That’s why, when you raise your protein intake, you need to also consider intake of energy source that will allow them to build.
The balance is an individual process of adjusting relation of those three – carbs, fats and proteins – in your diet, and then once again adjusting it to the intake of vitamins, microelements and fibre, needed for the correct functioning of your body.
Balance vs The Diet
The number one accusation thrown at certain ways of eating is that they’re „not balanced”. High-protein diet will not have enough fats, and as a result, will cause deficiency of the fat-dissolving vitamins like the A, D, E and K. Vegan diet will prevent intake of proteins and fats, due to vegetables and grains – main sources of carbohydrates – being the base of the meals there.
While it’s true that some diets have lower intake of one element than the other, saying it’s impossible to balance them is incorrect. Especially in the case of vegans and vegetarians, who take out a minimal part of available foods out of their menu.
Meat fats can be replaced by high-fat nuts, grains, and seeds. Proteins are mostly taken from eggs whites, not meats, and soy and other legumes come really close to meats in terms of amount of proteins per 100g ratio.