Whilst the government are doing their best to encourage us to eat healthily and be more active, some of the information guidelines are rather antiquated and seem to apply a “one size fits all” kinda of thinking. The truth is we are all unique and different, our lifestyles are all so varied. Government guidelines state that that men should consume around 2500 calories a day and women 2000 calories. However, age, metabolism, lifestyle and height should be factored into the equation when working out your personal caloric intake.
“Healthy” eating really needs to involve consuming food that promotes optimal health and regulating the quantities of various food groups which are macronutrients, otherwise known as fats, carbohydrates and protein. These are all used by the body as fuel. Then we have micronutrients which are vitamins and minerals and are required by the body to assist with macronutrients.
Carbohydrates are split into groups, complex carbs, simple carbs and fiber. Complex carbs are also referred to as starch and are unrefined and includes wholegrains, green vegetables, oatmeal, potatoes, sweet potatoes beans and pulses. Simple carbs which are refined and include table sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, cakes, biscuits and sweets. The non starch carbs also known as fibre include peas, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, beans and asparagus.
Protein, also known as the bodies building blocks and includes eggs, low fat dairy, fish, meat, poultry and beans. Then we have fats which are a little more complex but come as saturated, unsaturated and unsaturated and include avocado, nuts, oils, seeds, butter, olives and coconut oil. You can learn more about the government guidelines by looking at the food standards agency “Eatwell Plate” or the “Food Pyramid Guide”
The word “diet” has become synonymously negative and often implies cutting out certain food groups rather than focusing on a balanced diet with adequate water. When you work out what your caloric intake should be based on age, height and activity level, we can then assess your goals and work out your macronutrient split and follow on by working out a specific eating plan to help speed up your progress.
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