Does anyone actually know what healthy eating is? It seem like every week there is a new diet or meal plan trend where you have to cut out certain food and increase amounts of others. Is healthy eating calorie controlled? Or is just about nutritious foods? Read on to find out.
The calorie controlled myth
Ok, so first of all let’s look at calorie control Is this healthy eating? Well, in once sense you could agree that it was. The body needs a certain amount of calories a day to function. If we get that amount of calories, around 2000 for women, 2500 for men and 1,600 to 2,500 a day for children we stay at a healthy weight.
However, if you eat more than the allotted amount you will put on weight. East less and you will lose it. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?
However, the problem with calorie control is that it doesn’t give you any idea about food that nourishes your body. It’s all just reduced down to how much energy the food possess.
In addition, in this body conscious world, we live in, it can be all too easy to become obsessed with the number of calories that you consume in a day. This can lead to a very unhealthy psychological relationship with food and can be counter-productive in the long run.
Next, let’s look at nutrition. Traditionally nutrition is split into four main categories. Carbohydrates and starches, proteins, fruits and veg and fats. For a healthy diet, you should aim for a pyramid ratio with fats on the top. That means a few fats, slightly more protein, more again of fruit and veg and that the largest part of our diet should be made up of carbohydrates. This is scientifically testing and researched and is probably the easiest way to a healthy balanced diet.
However recently some of the new diet trends have put this ratio system into question. Some like the clean eating movement also emphasize the increased intake of good fats and the removal of anything processed.
In relation to clean eating the thought process is that healthy fats help you to metabolize the board fats in your system. Also, processed foods contain fillers that are unnecessary like fat, sugar, and preservatives. Which our bodies often cannot process and so end up turning to fat.
In this way clean eating makes sense. As we all know that cooking healthy recipes at home, is a better move than eating process prepacked food brought from a store.
Cutting Out Food Groups
Some diets go even further than this and ask us to cut out certain food groups altogether. For example, the Paleo diet suggests cutting out the carbs completely. But increasing the protein and fats section.
Other diets involve eating only raw, low fat or low sugar foods. This can be difficult when you are cooking for all the family at home. However, each plan needs to be judged on its own merits. It may be that your particular body composition would benefit in a reduction of certain ingredients.
However completely cutting out any food group is likely to be unmanageable in the long run.