A balanced diet is composed of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables along with some whole grains, beans and lean meats. Clearly, fast food ‘red’ meat is not advisable as it can compound preservatives and other unnecessary carbohydrates and calories in your body. It is advised that you eat nutrient-dense foods, such as avocados, bell peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, eggs, lean beef or lamb and chicken or turkey. Other things that you should limit are the following.
1. Liquid Sugars
Liquid sugars are clearly those that you can buy at convenience stores and fast-food chains. These are soft drinks, sports drinks, iced teas and anything that has sweeteners or preservatives. Sugar intake can spike your insulin. This can give you a burst of energy that easily dissipates in a few minutes. Liquid sugar can cause diabetes with large intakes, so be careful.
2. Refined Carbohydrates
Processed grains such as wheat and rice can have the same effects to the blood sugar levels as table sugar does. Refined carbohydrates is usually found in white bread, french fries, breakfast cereals and high-carbohydrate food. Try to avoid junk food and stick with whole grain snacks, high fiber, brown rice and unsweetened oatmeal.
Fats are essential to the body, even if you are trying to get rid of it with exercise and diet. But only enough fat should be stored in the body. Healthy fats coming from fish, nuts and vegetable oils provide you healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat that helps lower heart disease risks, such as omega-3 in tuna. However, they are still fat, and you’ll need to take them in moderation. You might find yourself eating too much refined carbohydrates if you’re not careful.