Balanced Diets vs. Latest Fad

While it is easy to get stirred up from the latest diet craze sweeping the nation, true weight loss still comes from the proven method of eating a well-balanced diet. No need for acai berries or purge diets, healthy eating stands the test of time.

The whole point of eating healthy is usually to feel better and gain or keep up your current weight. Keep in mind that if you want to lose weight that you need to take in fewer calories then you spend. I recommend you use a food tracking tool to keep on top of your eating and make sure you follow your diet to success.

I've basically broken this article down into food group sections that highlight a general guide to eating healthier.


Carrots are a good source of Vitamin ACredit: sxc.huThe most essential and overlooked part of a balanced diet are vegetables! Especially the leafy green stuff like spinach or lettuce.

I recommend that you start putting some leafy greens into your diet even if you don't like them. They are extremely rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid. You are doing your body a disservice if you are not consuming these vegetables.

Carrots and corn are other great vegetables that also are high in vitamin A. These are my favorite type of vegetable so I always eat them when available.


Berries are another part of a balanced dietCredit: sxc.huFruits are another important part of your balanced diet, but should only contain 20-25% of your food intake. The reason is some fruit are naturally high in sugar.

Some fruit to avoid eating a lot of would be cherries, grapes, and bananas. However, there are some fruits that are low in sugar like cranberries, raspberries, and apples.

Grains and Wheat

The bottom of the food pyramid and probably what you eat the most of now. Humans have found a way to make bread that is more delicious than it ever has been before, but be careful of overly processed white bread.

When suppliers "refine" bread they are sucking the nutrients out of it, so always try to get wheat or whole grain bread at the grocery market.

Noodles and pasta are also an example of this. Make sure you buy the whole grain version of the noodles to get the most health for your money.

Meat and Protein

My favorite group of food. For those exercising and trying to build muscle, protein is your biggest intake. However, even if you don't want to gain muscle, protein is still very important to remaining healthy.

Great protein that is also lean grilled chicken and small amounts of steak are low on fat and high on flavor. I also recommend eating tuna in a tuna salad sandwich or whatever your preference.

Vegetarians: I don't have any experience as a vegetarian but I can tell you that you need to support a high level of protein through beans and vitamin supplements.

Sweets, Desserts, and Salts

Desserts are your enemy!Credit: sxc.huUnfortunately, sweets are not an option within healthy eating guidelines. I recommend that you limit the dessert to once a week after one meal.

This may seem like too much of a cut back but trust me, that dessert is NOT your friend. It's just itching to turn into fat cells. Opt for an apple after a meal instead of that cheesecake.

What To Avoid

Sweets and desserts should always be avoided. Same with fruit that is deceptively high in sugar.

Make sure that your food intake is well-balanced. A diet high in only one food group is just as dangerous to your body as one that is high in salty foods.

Take care of your body because it's the only thing that's got your back.