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How your diet can change your life

We're constantly being warned about the obesity and morbid obesity epidemic. Along with exercise, a healthy diet is essential to ensure a healthy body weight. But with so many diets on the market, it's difficult to know which approach to take. The most important thing to remember is that you should always contact your healthcare practitioner whenever you're planning on making a drastic change to your diet.

Diet

Benefits

A healthy diet has numerous benefits. Healthy foods give your body the nutrients it needs, which in turn provides you with energy to ensure your body functions to its full potential. Not only do nutrients build and strengthen tendons, muscles and bones, they also help control blood pressure. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a healthy body weight.

A proper diet also decreases your risk of disease. Certain foods, like vegetables and fruit, can reduce the risk of certain cancers, stroke and coronary heart disease. A healthy diet could also assist you in controlling some diseases. For example, healthy eating can help diabetics control their blood sugar.

The USDA Food Guide and Canada's Food Guide are two excellent resources when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. But what about diet programs like Atkins or South Beach? The best advice is to contact your doctor to get their opinion. Here are some factors to consider when looking into any diet:

  1. Does the person who created the program have any relevant credentials?
  2. A healthy diet is all about balance. You should always eat food from all food groups.
  3. Drinking water is important to any diet.
  4. It's unhealthy to lose too much weight too quickly. Contact your doctor so you can set safe and attainable goals.
  5. Portion control is of utmost importance. Ensure that you understand exactly what a serving means.
  6. Diet alone is not enough. Ensure you're getting enough exercise.
  7. Don't allow yourself to be "sold." Do your own research and talk to your doctor.

What About Diet Pills?

There are a large variety of diet pills on the market, with a wide range of effectiveness and safety standards. While some include all-natural ingredients, others include caffeine, which may or may not have an adverse effect on you. Again, contacting a healthcare professional is your best bet. But even if you decide to take a diet pill, healthy eating and exercise are still important.

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