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How To Develop A Balanced Diet Over The Long Term

Our bodies need nutrients, and in the end, they’re not going eat themselves. The way to find “the right ratio” of food is as varied as each of us.

The diet that makes sense for you will probably have a similar ratio as yours. If you are a vegan, the ratio will be the same as all vegetarians, because your body will absorb protein from any foods you consume. If you eat a balanced mix of protein and fats, the ratio will change.

When you start on a diet, you’ll find that the ratio changes every time you stop. One night you’ll feel so full that you’re ready to make a run for it, to go for a bike ride – you’ll find you don’t eat at all that night and the next, you’re up in the restaurant grabbing a burger and fries.

The one factor that will likely remain consistent is the overall length of time and frequency of meals. In general, the longer you get on a diet, the more likely it is that you will be able to stick to your new habits. I say likely because the first few weeks are extremely difficult for both you and your stomach, but if you stick with it, you’ll be on solid ground.

Remember that the whole point of a diet is that it’s long term, and in order to get the results you’re hoping for, you have to stick with it. A few weeks on a diet doesn’t mean much if you don’t stick with it.

What are some tips if you want to have a balanced diet?

1. Try a low-carb-high-fat, or ketogenic, diet.

A diet that is high in fat doesn’t mean you don’t eat anything, only that you consume fewer carbs. This doesn’t mean that you don’t eat a variety of foods, or even a lot of food, or even foods you didn’t eat before.

The whole point of keeping the fat low is that the other macronutrients are being supported by it. As a ketone body, you want to consume less energy than you burn, and since the energy you consume is carbohydrates, you need to use fat to maintain your energy levels. When you eat ketones, not only do they support ketone production from fat, but they also provide energy from glucose.

2. Drink plenty of water/calcium

Water and calcium aren’t only important for keeping your bones strong and healthy – they’re the primary building blocks that give you your muscle fibers. Too much of either of these will reduce a person’s metabolism, thus making them more prone to obesity and other metabolic diseases.

3. Be active

It may sound odd, but a diet that focuses on “getting your body to turn into something else” may not be the best way to get on track to achieve your “sustainable, long-term health”. It may be necessary to use exercise in order to push your body to the point where it uses protein as an energy source rather than fat, and to make your body stronger.

4. Eat nutritious foods.

Yes, it’s good to eat well. But there’s a fine line between that and overeating. Even though some food choices are healthy (lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts), it is entirely possible for people to gain the opposite of their health goals by being too “fat-focused”, or a little bit too “carb-centered”. There are many great options for healthy, sustainable diets in this article .

5. Find a balance.

If you are a vegan and it’s making you nauseous, you may need to change the proportions a little.