What Does Diet Really Mean?

“The word ‘DIET’ comes from an ancient Greek word which means ‘mode of living’. Dieting really means our attitude of taking in food. A diet can be the consumption of healthy or unhealthy foods.  A healthy diet is consuming healthy and nutritional foods on a regular basis, a daily practice. People usually start a healthy diet to lose weight and once successful in losing weight, the healthy diet often time stops and the unhealthy diet returns. A healthy diet should become part of our lifestyle.

Consuming healthy and nutritional foods not only help in losing weight, this also helps keep the body fit and fresh.

When shopping for healthy foods, here are a few things to look for: fibrous fruits, low fat foods, vegetables and lean meats. Make efforts to avoid foods that are processed and rich in oils, because foods rich in oils increase the fat and may lead to adverse health issues. Foods rich in oils have a high cholesterol ratio and when there is high cholesterol in the body, again, it may lead to various health issues.  Similarly, to the extent possible, avoid the sugary foods – refined white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame – because sugar increases weight and it may also affect overall health.

Changing eating habits can be a challenge, but it’s well worth the change.

Start today by making your healthy diet plan that consists of a well-balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Linda Brown, Austin Fit Director/Organizer