Brief Information on Diets

A diet is defined as the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.

A diet or dietary habits are habitual decisions an individual or culture makes when choosing what food to eat.
Many individuals choose the type of food by certain criteria and this has a major impact on their diet:

  1. Desired state of health;

  2. Morality;

  3. Religion;

  4. Effectiveness.

It seems that in the last few years more and more people are concerned with their health and are more focused on what type of diet to start.

The imbalance of consumed products results in either starvation or excessive reserves of adipose tissue (body fat) .

When thinking of a diet, it’s important to consider the intake of vitamins and minerals (poor intake can cause dramatic effects on someone’s health):

  • More than 3 million children are blind because of poor intake of vitamin A;

  • Lack of vitamin C can cause scurvy;

  • Lack of dietary proteins can cause childhood disorders like Kwashiorkor and Marasmus;

  • The intake of vitamin D can affect the absorption of other substances like calcium and phosphorus (other two very important elements);

  • It is believed that more than 30% of world’s population either has or is at risk of developing iodine deficiency;

  • Heart diseases and diabetes are often caused by obesity.

You don’t have to stop eating or eat only boiled vegetables in order to consider that you are on a diet, just try to balance your food so that all needed nutrients are included and you will have the best universal diet.

Talk to a nutrition or medic before starting a dieting plan so that you lose weight in a correct and healthy manner. Considering the right dieting plan for you will also boost your results and motivation to get to the perfect shape you always wanted.

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