How To Tailor Your Diet
We all recognise that everyone is different and, just like we wouldn’t all fit in the same pair of jeans, it makes sense that we all need different diets. Right?
What’s good for one person may not necessarily be good for you, and just because someone’s thinner or larger it doesn’t mean they’re any more healthy or unhealthy (although, whilst we’re on the subject of weight, it’s always a good idea to find out what is a healthy BMI).
Basically, diet, weight and health are all entirely personal things, so why wouldn't you make sure you’re tailoring your diet for what your body needs, rather than what society tells you is right or what your friends are eating.?
To help you out, here are some tips and advice to start feeding your body in a more sustainable way.
Tailor to Your Age
Age can really affect what defines a ‘healthy diet’. For example, 60 year old’s need to be eating very differently to 20 year old’s.
How old you are can give you a good indication of what you should be eating! Here are some guidelines to kick-start your research:
• In your 20’s – To keep your metabolism healthy, eat consistently. Don’t go on extreme diets and then binge or your metabolism is going to be thrown off balance for years to come. Eat sensibly and mindfully, with plenty of fruit, veg and lean protein, and your body will thank you as you grow older.
• In your 30’s – As your metabolism slows, you can afford to reduce your calorie intake slightly. Cut back on high-fat foods and watch your portion sizes.
• In your 40’s – Stock up on protein to help fight muscle loss and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit to increase your fibre intake, helping keep a healthy digestive system.
Think of Your Day
If you’re very active and move about a lot in the day, you’re going to need to eat more.
For example, if you exercise every day, you’ll have to eat more calories than someone who doesn’t. You should also eat more protein if you exercise regularly as this will help to rebuild your muscles and keep fit and healthy.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll have to think more carefully about what you eat.
As you often eat more vegetables and carbs, make sure you drink more water than the average person to aid your digestive system. You should also make more of an effort to eat protein and iron-rich foods, such as red kidney beans, chickpeas and spinach.
Keep Track of Your Weight
What is a healthy BMI?
That depends on a number of factors, including your age, height and gender. Find out yours and keep track of it. If you’re in the healthy range and you tailor your diet to better suit your dietary needs, make sure it doesn’t start to rise or fall. If you’re underweight or overweight, know that you’re getting too many or not enough calories and adjust accordingly.
When it comes down to it, the best way to ensure you’re eating the right diet for your body is to make sure you’re getting enough fresh, natural foods in all the food groups, and not eating too many fats, sugars or processed foods. Keep things as natural as you can and you’re on the right track!
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