Benefits of a Healthy Diet

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What are the benefits of a healthy diet?

Benefits of a Healthy Diet

Although this book is primarily about fitness advice, the benefits of a healthy diet should also be addressed. Your diet is your fuel for your fitness program. Without a healthy diet, your fitness performance will be less than optimal. Let's look at some of the benefits of a healthy diet.

Weight Control: This is perhaps the most obvious benefit of a healthy diet. It stands to reason that if you feed your body food that is loaded with nutrients, you will use these nutrients for energy. In contrast, if your diet is loaded with empty calories, these calories will not be used. Instead, they will be converted to fat.

A diet rich in whole grains and fiber will prevent constipation, and thus aid in weight loss. Furthermore, the B vitamins found in whole grains help release the energy from protein, fats and carbohydrates. This will in turn speed up your metabolic rate. The result: You will burn more calories throughout the day.

Water is perhaps one of the most overlooked nutrients that aid in weight control. Water aids in elimination and makes us feel full after eating. Additionally, staying hydrated will give you more energy during your workouts.

Disease Prevention: A healthy diet will help prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in salmon may alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis.

Be sure to read the section of this book about nutrition for women.



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