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Seven basic diet principles that can help prevent obesity and diseases

BY: Deena David | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-09-15

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Diet is a food habit that is learnt by an individual. This is different from the regular food habit of the individual. Usually diets are taken for a particular purpose. There have been many different diets that have caught the attention of health professionals. Most of these diets promised much, but delivered little and were deemed to be fad diets.

There are certain basic principles that have to be followed for the diet to be successful in the person following the diet. Many diets are just formulated for the person formulating it to become rich quickly. These fad diets make the individual following it to lose money nut not the fat. These seven principles listed here are not part of any fad diet, but are simple methods of natural food intake that will help to reduce the obesity of a person.

1. Variety: The individual should try to add variety in the foods. This will help to increase the bulk of the food, but have a balanced nutrition. The foods that can be included in the diet include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, legumes and other protein rich foods. This will help to increase the variety of food and prevent the person following the diet to be bored of the food. It will also increase the variety of texture and taste to enhance the pleasure of eating.

2. Right proportions: Though there is a variety of food that can be eaten, the individual should make sure that the food that is being consumed should be in the correct proportions. This proportion of food should be eaten according to the food pyramid.

3. Quality of food: The quality of the food is very important to prevent obesity and also to be able to decreased the weight. Poor quality food that is cooked with calorie rich oils can lead to increased cholesterol and also increases the risk the risk of various health disorders.

4. Balance: There should be a balance between the intake of the food and the energy output. This is the most important factor. When there is a mismatch, it can lead to obesity. The person who eats the food should also do enough activities for the calories to be spent. When the calorie intake is more than the output, it can lead to obesity and diseases.

5. Nutrition: The food that is consumed should have an adequate balance that contains enough nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for healthy living.

6. Moderate intake: Certain foods that can cause various diseases and are rich in calories should be taken in moderation. This will prevent diseases in the individual following the diet. These foods that have to be taken in moderation are fat, sugar and salt. This can help prevent diseases like hypertension, diabetes and heart problems.

7. Avoid: As there are foods that can be freely eaten and some can be moderately eaten. There are some foods that have to be completely avoided to ensure good health. These foods are alcohol, coffee, sodas, colas, and refined foods. These foods have no nutritional value, but can cause severe damage to the health of the individual.

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