[Article updated on 19/09/2023]
We often talk about balance food or eating healthily, but what does that mean, and how to do it? We give you 6 tips to balance your diet and you help achieve your goals!
Before reading on
I’m not an expert in this field, but I am passionate about nutrition and health.
The articles you’ll find on my site are the result of in-depth research that I’d like to share with you. However, I would like to stress that I am not a health professional and that my advice should in no way replace that of a qualified physician. I’m here to guide you, but it’s important that you consult a professional for specific questions or medical concerns. Your well-being is important. So be sure to consult the appropriate experts and take the best possible care of yourself.
Tip #1: Drink water
SO yes, it is not a food strictly speaking, but it is important to address the subject of hydration: drink the water ! It is recommended to drink 1.5L to 2L of water per day minimum to meet your needs. So limit sodas to favor water, whether in the form of still water, water sparkling wine, tea or coffee!
Tip #2: Allow yourself to have little ones deviations
By small deviations, I don’t mean eating a packet of cakes or three loaves of bread. chocolate, but treat yourself from time to time, to avoid getting frustrated. Eating a balanced diet does not mean eliminating all palatable foods that give you pleasure, otherwise you will no longer have any desire to eat, because you will not enjoy it.
So if you want a dessert with a little more calories or to have a snack, allow yourself to do so! We call it the flexible diet.
Tip #3: Pay attention to your caloric needs
If you consume more than you need, you will gain weight, and vice versa, if you eat less than your needs, you will lose weight, and it doesn’t matter the quality of the foods you will consume.
For explain in more detail, this is what we will call balance caloric. If you eat less than your needs, you will be in calorie deficit, and if you eat more than your needs, you will be in excess calories.
The ideal, if you do not want to lose or gain weight, is to stay in caloric balance, while consuming quality products, and by distributing your macronutrients ideally, namely the proteins, lipids and carbohydrates! Which brings us to next point…
Tip #4: Distribute your macronutrients
You must provide proteins, lipids and carbohydrates to your body so as not to lack anything. Proteins, which are found in particular in meat, eggs or dairy products, will allow you to promote muscle mass gain and limit the loss of this mass. Lipids, also called fats, which are found in particular in butter, oil or fatty fish, will have beneficial effects on the brain in particular. Finally, carbohydrates, called sugars, which are found in starchy foods or sugary products, will provide energy to your body!
He you need a fair balance between these 3 nutrients so that your organization is at the top. In general, it is advisable to consume approximately 20% proteins, 30% lipids and 50% carbohydrates.
For distribute them ideally, eat at least 3 meals a day, or even 4, to be able to distribute your contributions over the day and allow your body to assimilate all the nutrients essential to its good operation.
The best way to distribute your macronutrients and balance your plate: one third proteins, one third vegetables and one third starchy foods or cereals.
Tip #5: Cook
Nothing beats good cooking homemade! So avoid buying prepared meals and industrial, and try as much as possible to cook yourself, even if this may take a little time. Just get organized and prepare your dishes for the week or for a few days in one times, because like this, you will cook once or twice a week. In addition, the quality of your food will only be better, and this will provide you with the essential nutrients for good functioning of your body.
Tip #6: Take time to eat
He is important to take the time to eat to fully feel your feelings about eating, because eating too quickly could prevent you from feeling full and thus prevent you from feel that you are no longer hungry. So take your time and listen to your body to avoid overeating!
As as you can see, eating healthily is not difficult, just is a question of will and organization. So it’s up to you play !