We all require specific amount of energy throughout the day. These calories are utilised in day to day survival and other activities one engages in. If one takes more than the number of calories required some of it is stored as fat. Conversely, if one expends more calories than they take in, some of this fat is reduced. It is a simple mathematical equation. A healthy and proper diet helps reduce weight.
Why do most diets fail?
Some diets like crash diet focus on reducing weight quick and in an unsafe manner. Problems associated with these diets range from unbalanced nutrition, weakness, vitamin deficiencies, bloating, and weight gain.
When your body is deprived of the nutrition it needs the body reacts by trying to retain more of what it is getting rather than spending it. It gets lethargic, reduces the metabolism rate to conserve energy and starts storing in anticipation of a longer crisis. This is our body’s natural survival mechanism taking action in response to us going too harsh.
The only healthy way to lose weight and to keep it off is to make permanent changes to one’s diet and lifestyle.
What is a sustainable diet?
For a diet to be sustainable it has to meet certain criteria. The most important of which is one’s ability to follow it for a long duration. If you can not fit the diet into your daily life routine it will fail. Problem with this is however that sticking to one diet is also not healthy for multiple reasons. It is very unlikely that your diet would provide you with exactly the amount of vitamins and minerals you need to live healthy. Therefore, it is very important to keep changing the diet accordingly and keep adjusting it every few weeks. The safest way to approach this is by taking the services of a certified nutritionist near you.
Nutrition Experts are trained and experienced at making diet plans that work and are sustainable. The expert makes your plans according to your daily routine taking into account every detail. One’s goals, dietary restrictions, vegan/vegetarian/non-vegetarian, and activity level help draft the perfect diet plans for them. They also keep adapting the plan according to one’s progress and requirements. Some dietitians even provide free diet consultations from home.
A sustainable diet can help you
Maintaining a healthy weight has become a challenge in today’s lifestyle. High calorie intake and sedentary and easy lifestyle encourages rapid weight gain and resistance to weight reduction.
Weight loss has been linked to reduction of the risk of several chronic conditions including:
- Heart Disease
- Poor Bone Density
- Multiple types of cancers
Improve mental health
Having good food can reduce mood fluctuations and reducing Depression, as it keeps the Hormones balanced, hormones are the fluids which helps the internal organs to function, these Hormones are formed by the food we eat so if unhealthy food in consumed the functioning of our brain changes which impacts our mental health.
A healthy diet can prevent early onset of cognitive issues such as dementia and cognitive decline. According to multiple studies, the following vitamins are beneficial in maintaining brain’s health:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Vitamin D, C, and E
- Flavonoids and Polyphenols
These can be found in some Mediterranean diets and certain types of fish. Better alternatives include health supplements specially made for boosting memory.