I’ve heard of a balanced diet but what exactly does that mean?

I have always said that there is no such thing as a healthy “diet”, but this is in terms of the way we think about the word “diet”. Most people think of a diet as cutting calories for a short period of time, in order to lose weight fast. I consider a diet what we eat on a daily basis; that is our diet. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to a healthy body. No miracle diet is sustainable. The only way to get healthy and stay healthy is to find a manageable routine that you can follow every single day. How do we do this? With a BALANCED DIET.
So, now we ask ourselves, what exactly does this mean? If you asked somebody this question 10 years ago, they would tell you that it was as simple as calories in versus calories out. And to be fair, this used to be an easier format to follow before the day and age of all the processed foods and new junk foods that we are now introduced to daily. Now, you have to search high and low to find a complex carbohydrate, lean protein, or healthy fat. But aside from that, the simple principle of calories in versus calories out doesn’t tell you where that lost weight is coming from. Yes, it is easy math, 3500 calories in a pound. If you take in through diet more than you put out through exercise, you will gain weight, and vice versa. However, muscle is a faster energy source for your body than fat. This means when your body doesn’t have the proper fuel it needs, you will lose muscle, not fat. You will be closer to the weight loss goals you set, but even further from the actual healthy body that you set out for. We want to preserve our muscle while losing fat.
Protein, carbohydrates, and fats, are what we call macronutrients. For you basketball fans, they are the “Big Three” of nutrition facts. Finding a way to balance them is where we begin to create our healthy diet, and here’s why. When your blood sugars are too high, your body stores fat. When your blood sugars are too low, your body burns muscle for energy because muscle is a faster energy source for your body than fat. When you stabilize your blood sugars in a healthy range, your body is in a state where it is constantly burning fat and building or sustaining muscle. You stabilize your blood sugars with a BALANCED DIET. This balance can be done very easily and is very maintainable. Every meal needs a lean protein source, healthy complex carbohydrate, and healthy fat. Portion sizes will vary based on age, weight, and activity level. A fitness professional can tell you the exact amount you should take in each meal, but if this is not an option for you, just use good judgment on portion sizes.

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Josh & Alessandra are Connecticut natives who moved to San Diego to pursue their passion of spreading the healthy lifestyle through fitness and wellness. Both graduated from Central Connecticut State University however it wasn't until both resided on the West Coast when they decided to join forces not only as a power couple but as business partners. Using their combined knowledge and experience, they have made it their mission to continue changing lives one client at a time.