Healthy Diets to Lose Weight

By Alec Heffon

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If you're looking for healthy diets to lose weight there are quite a few options out there. I thought it was important to outline how to tell if a diet appears healthy or may be simply a fad diet that cannot last the long haul.

Healthy diets typically have the following properties:

1. The diet is balanced: The diet will be a balanced diet including foods from the major food groups as well as a good amount of vegetables and fruit.

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2. The diet will include a lot of variety. One of the big needs you should look for in a diet is to be able to stick to the diet for a long time. Variety is important for this as I'm sure you have probably tried those limiting diets based on few foods and become sick to death of the diet after the first few days.

3. The diet should adopt a consistent long term approach to lose weight. The goal here is not to lose as much weight as you can in a week, but rather achieve a steady weight loss week by week that is sustainable and healthy.

4. The diet should provide a calorie deficit over the amount of calories you burn a day until a healthy weight is achieved. While the above points relate to a diet being healthy, this one is the crux of whether you will lose weight or not. At the end of the day a lot of weight loss comes down to calories: calories in and calories out.

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How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle And Enjoy Life

By Mike Mahaffey

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Living a healthy life style naturally calls for a healthy body, free from disease and illnesses. It also means that you enjoy a positive outlook about your life, the people in it, and the world.

A healthy lifestyle is one full of energy, without constant stress about aches and pains, and what tomorrow will bring. It's about living in a healthy body, and enjoying the world around you.

Living a healthy lifestyle is built on these foundational steps:

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Staying healthy calls for a healthy diet

A diet rich in fresh, whole foods is essential in a healthy lifestyle. When available, always choose foods found in its natural state. Fruits and vegetables have high vitamin and mineral content. Whole grains like quinoa and whole wheat bread should be consumed instead of less nutritious white varieties.

Vegetables need to make up 50-60% of your total intake of food each and every day. The more vegetables you eat, the less sugar and white flour you will crave and your immune system will help you fight off illness and give you all the energy you need.

Drink plenty of water. The old suggestion of 8 glasses as day is still what you need to keep every cell in your body healthy.

Exercise keeps your heart healthy and your body agile.

Just 30 minutes a day of movement can benefit your health by improving joint stability, increase your range of movement and flexibility, help prevent osteoporosis and fractures and improve your mood while reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Exercise doesn't necessarily mean joining a gym. It can be simple things like turning off the TV for an hour and playing outdoors with your kids or taking your dog for a walk.

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