Whats a healthy diet?
Diet evolves over time, being influenced by many social and economic factors that interact in a complex manner to shape individual dietary patterns.
Trying to decipher what’s best for you can be a minefield.
We hope to decipher the language of diet so that you can make the best choices for yourselves.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
Planning a diet taking into account factors including income, food prices (which will affect the availability and affordability of healthy foods), individual preferences and beliefs, cultural traditions, and geographical and environmental aspects (including climate change), will affect everyone differently.
There is no ONE diet that will help all of us. Well there is one which is scientifically proven – eat less and you WILL lose weight. But you cannot wrap that up in a simple package and say one size fits all, that’s also proven.
So lets crack on deciphering the myths..