Importance of a balanced diet in being fit

Why do some people look more than their age while others manage to present a youthful picture till they are quite old? Infact, I know a lot many people who don't  look half their age. Does if have anything to do with their diet? Of-course, it has everything to do with the diet factor.

A person who is young but fat and obese definitely presents an ungainly sight whereas a middle aged but rim person looks efficient and youthful. Youthful looks don't come with an exercise regimen, alone. Unless an exercise regimen is combined with wise and smart eating, it is of little or no benefit.

Obesity= more input and less output, whereas
fit body= less input and more output
(Input  =calories consumed
Output  =calories expended)

This is a simple formula but makes a lot of sense. Whenever the number of calories consumed by a person is more than the calories expended by him, the extra calories will add up on his body in the form of fat. The only way to get rid of the fat is to begin a diet regimen, which will cut down on the calories consumed when while you work on exercises to increase the calories burnt.

The Importance Of Food

Food is the fuel that makes us function, that gives us energy, builds the body and repairs.Eating is a necessity, but it is also a source of pleasure and part of our social lives. While in many parts of the world people struggle to eat enough to survive, in affluent countries the culinary delights of food, the domestic routine of mealtimes and other social have divorced our eating habits from our real nutritional needs, Hunger, the natural stimulus for eating, has been superseded by habit and cushion. The food we eat, far from enhancing our health, is a major contributing factor in serious, widespread health problems, notably heart disease, obesity, cancers, and digestive disorders, the so-called disease of civilization.

The rising phenomenon of globalization along with newfound prosperity in most Indian homes has brought many ills with them. The increased consumption of processed, high-sugar and high-fat foods, foods that were once regarded as luxuries, have brought in many ills to our households. There has been a sharp decline in the consumption of plain nutritious staples. The general quality has altered too, with modernization of the food industry involving chemical additives and refining techniques which have 'denatured' much of the food items.

It is well known that poor diet can exacerbate stress, cause nervous disorders, and affect mental as well as physical development. There is also increasing concern about food allergies, and about the possibility of the potentially toxi cocktail of food additives reacting in the body.
obesity, too, is a matter of widespread anxiety. It is one of the most serious risk factors in many types of illness and although there is a genetic element, it is largely a result of poor dietary habits.

Changing to a good diet should not be a matter of making stressful adjustments, such as avoiding all sweet and fatty foods, and living on a monotonus fare of brown rice and vegetables. Fad diets are also not the answer either to ill health or to obesity.they can deprive the body of essential nutrients, and lower the body's metabolic rate.What counts most is establishing a good ration of nutrients, choosing good quality foods, and being aware of special invidual requirements. Within a sensible framework there is scope for infinite variation, and occasional treats can be enjoyed without harm.The simplest rule is to choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible since they are most likely to yield the full range of nutrients that the body needs.

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