Some research shows that dieting alone does not have long lasting results. "Crash or Fad" diets are unbalanced, may actually produce malnutrition and it places stress on the body of which are all destructive to your health.
Your body uses food as a source of fuel to produce body heat, regulate metabolism as well as muscular activity and as a source of nutrients for continual maintenance and repair of all tissue. While all food can be used as a fuel for energy, no one food provides all of the nutrients needed by the body. Therefore, you need a balanced diet consisting of a different variety of foods.
The body requires 6 basic nutrients:
- CARBOHYDRATES: the main source of fuel for the body, assists in the maintenance of body tissue promotion, needed to help burn fat more efficiently, operates the central nervous system and should be compiled in about 60% of your daily caloric intake.
- PROTEINS: contain amino acids, which are the building blocks for tissue maintenance, growth and repair. It creates cell membranes and nucleus as well as the growth of hair, skin, nails, tendons and muscles. It is found in the blood and should make up 15-20% of your daily intake of calories.
- FATS: provide an energy source for prolonged low to moderate intensity activities and serves as a cushion for vital organs. It acts as carriers for the vitamins A, D, E and K in the body and also provide insulation from the cold. Your daily caloric intake should be 20-30%. Unless you are trying to lose weight, then I recommend between 15-20%. (There should also be an increase in protein intake when this change has been made.)
- VITAMINS: help regulate metabolism, facilitates energy releases and plays an important roll in tissue and bone development and building. They do not provide energy but are involved in energy metabolism.
- MINERALS: found in vegetables and meats. Their primary roll is in cellular metabolism where the act as enzymes to regulate chemical reactors in the cells. They are important in muscular contraction and the development of hormones.
- WATER: needed for all processes in the body. We of course can not live without it. It is very important in the regulation of body temperature (especially when exercising), regulates organ functions and makes up the majority of the body composition. I recommend at least 10-16 glasses a day.
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