I’ve received a lot of questions about what we should be eating to be healthy. There is no magical diet that will make everyone loose fat or gain muscle and there is no superfood that will make you healthy. It is all about balance.
So, what should we be eating? First of all, there is no such thing as healthy or unhealthy foods so make sure you aren’t cutting out any foods of your diet (other than allergens). All foods are good because they fuel our body. However, some are more or less effective at doing this so we have to find the right balance.
A lot of people struggle with knowing how to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need into one meal. An effective way of doing this is following this guide: 50% Carbs, 30% Protein, 20% Fat and Vegetables in every meal. This varies per person, depending on their availability of different foods or certain fitness goals.
Other factors we have to take into account is the type of Carbs, Protein and Fat we are eating. Aim for Wholegrain and Lower GI Carbs which are high in fibre and keep you fuller for longer. Limit meat and eat 2 portions of fish per week, including 1 oily. Aim for unsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocado and nuts instead of saturated fats. And finally the classic 5 a day or more!
Another big question is how to get portions sizes right? I will cover this another day.
Here are some article links for more information on the Eatwell Guide and on how to get a balanced diet.