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Maintaining a Balanced Diet
Keeping a healthy body is all about balance. Each of your body's systems constantly tries to stay in
balance. It is this balance that keeps your body's systems functioning and your health stable.
Everyone has heard of the phrase "balanced diet". However, how many people actually know what
that phrase means What is a balanced diet
There is no single path to a balanced diet. A balanced diet includes a daily mixture of foods from
each of the basic food groups. The best way to guarantee that you are getting enough proteins,
carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins is to eat different foods from each of the different food
groups. Maintaining a balanced diet also means that balancing the food you eat with physical
exercise. In other words, you have to eat the proper amount of calories for the amount of exercise
you get. Doing this will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Keep in mind that the majority of people out there cannot eat a perfectly balanced meal at every
single meal. Keeping a truly balanced diet means balancing it for a week's worth of meals. Who
likes to eat the same food all the time Nobody. If you choose a wide variety of healthy foods, it will
help you maintain a balanced diet on a daily basis. So pick several different types of foods within
each food group. Even if you love apples, try changing things up - eat a banana instead. Every
week, make sure you are eating strawberries, cantaloupe, plums, nectarines, and grapes. Throw in a
mango or some kiwi every so often.
Fruits and vegetables play an important and vital role in a balanced diet. Nutritional powerhouses,
they provide you with much needed fiber, which also controls hunger. Vegetables are especially
good for you. They are low in calories. They are also full of healthy phytochemicals which help
stave off disease. Make sure you eat at least two helpings of vegetables and two helpings of fruit
each and every day. Ideally, you should increase that number to three or four helpings. A helping
should be half a cup or an entire fruit (excluding watermelons).

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