The first time that I heard the term “balanced diet,” I must have been about six years old. The term simply did not compute in my six-year-old brain. I knew that a diet was what we ate, and I knew that being “balanced” meant that stuff didn’t fall (like me off of the bike I was trying to learn to ride). But I could not imagine how a “diet” could be “balanced.” Okay, I was a weird kid.
According to the dictionary, a “balanced diet” is, “a diet consisting of the proper quantities and proportions of foods needed to maintain health or growth.” The human body needs certain vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The human body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber from which the digestive system extracts the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
When you think about it, the human body is really wonderful. We put, say, a hamburger and fries in, and the digestive system extracts the “good stuff” that we need immediately, stores the excess good stuff as fat against future shortages, and discards the rest.
There are all kinds of weight loss diets out there that recommend eliminating one type of food (protein, carbohydrate, or fat) from the diet. People who diet count carbs, calories, and fat grams in an effort to lose weight.
It’s actually a bit difficult to nail down precisely what “the experts” call a balanced diet. The rules keep changing, and “recommendations” vary according to age. But the general guidelines to a healthy and balanced diet for all age groups all include foods from the four food groups.
The best way to eat a well-balanced diet is to eat some of everything. Eat more fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, more fish and chicken, and less processed foods and red meat. Losing Belly Fat is a process that has food (and its intake) as its main input.