A healthy body can lose weight faster than a malnourished body. So it’s worth remembering that there are 22 vitamins and minerals which are essential for the control of our weight and metabolism. The most important ones are: Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, choline, inositol, chromium, manganese and zinc. All are available from healthy diet foods.
Foods To Include in Your Healthy Weight Loss Diet
For details of the nutritional and weight loss benefits of the main food groups, see following list of foods:
Fruit in Weight Loss Diet
Vegetables in Healthy Diet
Grains in Healthy Weight Loss Diet (see also Whole Grains)
Sugar For Diet Compliance
Dairy Foods/Calcium in Healthy Diet
Meat in Healthy Weight Loss Plan
Fats and Oils in Healthy Diet
Fish in a Healthy Diet
Nuts As Diet Snacks
Short Guide To The Healthiest Foods
There is no single healthy diet, meaning no set percentage of fats, carbs and proteins. That said, the healthiest diet includes foods from all the main food groups. In general, the healthiest fats are unrefined vegetable oils; the healthiest protein includes fish, lean beef and chicken, beans and soy foods; the healthiest carbohydrate includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Dietary fiber is important too, both soluble and insoluble. Beans, apples, oats, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds provide useful amounts of fiber.
Three Reasons To Eat A Healthy Diet
First and most important, a healthy diet plan helps reduce the risk of disease and boosts recovery. Second, it helps you to maintain a healthy metabolism, so you convert food to energy as efficiently as possible. This is why healthy bodies lose weight faster. Healthy eating is especially important in mid-life and later. Thirdly, a healthy diet maintains a healthy digestive system, which helps us to enjoy a wide variety of food and reduces the risk of indigestion and other gastrointestinal complaints.
The Digestive System
Our food digestion system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine) helps us to obtain energy and nutrients from food. Carbohydrate, fats and protein are each digested differently within the gastrointestinal tract, but surplus calories from these three macronutrients are ALL converted to body fat.