What Constitutes A "Good" Diet?

There are so many diet plans available that it may be hard to decipher what elements make up a good diet. Regardless of your diet goals, there are certain nutritional needs that must be met for a diet to be particularly sound. Additionally, beyond just nutrition, there are several other factors to consider when evaluating a diet to consider. Here are the basics that should be looked at for any diet plan you are considering.

Proper Nutrition

Any good diet should provide you with nutrition predominately gained from eating real foods. Any diet that is based on powdered drinks or shakes is not going to help you with long-term sustainable weight loss. You must eat plenty of natural foods that are rich in minerals, healthy fats, phytonutrients and antioxidants to really have some positive effects on your body. If any diet is made up of more vitamins and shakes than it is of real food, it is not a good diet.

Increased Energy

On a good diet plan, you will not feel drained and irritable because you are hungry. Feeling tired and drained will increase your proclivity to be inactive which in turn will slow your metabolism and begin to decrease your muscle mass. Feeling irritable is uncomfortable and is much more likely to cause you to get rid of that irritable feeling by eating something. And generally, when you are in that irritable state, you will reach for something like cake or cookies, which puts you back in the same cycle.

A good diet will provide you with the proper nutrients so that you have the energy to make it through every day, workout and just be active without feeling like you have no strength.

Controlled Hunger

One big problem with so many diet plans is that you greatly restrict the amount of calories that you eat daily. If you are constantly left hungry after eating your diet plan’s meals, at some point you are going to break and begin trying to satisfy your hunger. When you break from a diet like this, you most often go back to your previous, unhealthy ways of eating. Instead of greatly restricting your calories, a healthy diet slowly makes changes in your eating so that they are sustainable and teach a healthy way to eat (as well as portion control). A sustainable diet does not involve starving yourself. Your diet should not leave you hungry all the time, and if it does, it is not a good diet.

Losing weight is hard work, but definitely something you can do. If you are serious about losing weight, do some thorough research and select a good diet that involves teaching you how to eat healthy by including whole foods from all the food groups and controlling your portion size. Though it may take longer than many fad diets, this is the path for sustainable weight loss.


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