Reasons to Diet Part 1

reasons to dietThere are lots of reasons to diet, not least of all that which will bring about a reduction in body weight and help a person to look slimmer and feel more healthy. In this post, which is the first part of a multi-part article, we will look at the health angle of dieting from a perspective of improving the body's physical health by supplying it with the right kinds of nutrients to sustain it and allow it to grow and maintain its optimum level of health.

The food we eat is responsible for a great many aspects of our lives. the saying, "you are what you eat" is very true on a number of different levels. When it comes to our health, the food we put into our bodies really does reflect on the kind of health we can expect to enjoy or not as the case may be.

Fresh Fruit

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is part of the way in which we provide our bodies with many of the essential nutrients as well as dietary fiber that we need to maintain good health. This is aided by eating plenty of protein rich foods such as lean meat, poultry, eggs, fish along with vegetable options such as legumes, nuts and seeds.

Protein is essential for muscle growth and that muscle growth is essential for keeping our bodies burning sufficient calories to prevent weight gain. When our muscles are strong and active, our metabolism is elevated and we digest our food more efficiently while burning more of the calories that food contains before it gets a chance to be converted into fat for storage by the body.

Carbohydrates

Likewise, we also need carbohydrates to provide the sugars that our body will burn to give energy to the muscles so they can work. Of course, if you are overweight, then you can reduce your intake of carbohydrates to force the body to take its energy from the fat store.

But once it is all used up, you will need to start reintroducing them to keep things going, or you may get into a negative cycle where the body then starts to take muscle bulk to keep providing that energy and muscles begin to reduce in strength setting up a downward spiral of lower metabolism, lack of energy and ultimately, malnutrition and anorexia.

So you can see it is important to be aware of what your body needs with regards the food your eat. There are many great reasons to diet so you remain fit and healthy and able to exercise to promote that good health that you attain through a healthy diet.