Nutrition Is More Than The Nutrition Facts Box.

Most people rarely give a thought to nutrition except when they are on a diet and trying to find foods that are allowed or just reasons why one diet is superior to another. The fact is that most fad diets have little to do with proper nutrition. This is inherent in their practice of cutting out whole food types --which often have a proper place in a balanced diet.

Most of the serious diets we hear about work by simply removing a food or food group from your daily diet. This sometimes means eating less of certain foods than you normally would, however it often means entirely removing certain food groups from your diet altogether. The basic premise is that by restricting your diet in some way, you will lose weight.

While this might be good as far as nutrition goes if what you're cutting out is junk food, it does cause one major problem. By cutting out a type of food that you're used to eating a lot of, you're going to have a lot of trouble sticking to the diet. Therefore, you should make sure that you do not pick a diet that's going to feel too restricting to you.

The most important aspect of food to look at is its overall nutritional value, this is a fact often lost in popular diets. Such diets often focus on only one attribute of a food as being the primary indicator of how good it is for you. They overlook the bigger picture of a food's overall nutritional content.

For example, many popular fad diets focus on eliminating fat, or sugar, or carbohydrates from the diet. This gives people blinkered vision by looking at only part of the nutritional picture and leads to bad nutritional decisions.

Take for example someone who is trying to cut out carbohydrates from their diet. This person will choose a diet soda over a fruit juice (in accordance with the principle of avoiding carbohydrates). Certainly, going by the guidelines of this person's diet, this is a good decision -- but it is not the healthy decision. The best course of action in this situation is to drink the fruit juice - the healthier option - and get all the vitamins and minerals it has to offer.

The best way to stay healthy and lose weight is to eat healthy nutritious food every day. By balancing your diet, and eating in moderation from all the food groups, you can get the benefits of healthy eating without the drawbacks of fad diets.

When choosing food for its nutritional value it is best to avoid packaged meals and food. This food is packed full of chemicals and retains few of the minerals and vitamins present in fresh food. Pre-packaged food will also tend to have an unhealthy amount of salt in it.

By eating real foods that you have to cook yourself, you can make sure that you are actually keeping track of the amount of sodium that you consume. You will also be putting more thought into how much you cook and eat, so it's likely that you'll be better able to make sure that you do not eat too much of any one thing.

It is often said that you are what you eat, likewise your food is what it is made from. You need to be aware of the ingredients going into your food and where they sit in a balanced diet. This is more important than counting calories or grams of fat or carbohydrates. The ingredients of a food are the best indicator of whether you should eat it or not.

Connie Roemer is the Cheif editor of FF Nutrition. This is where you will find excellent information, resources and articles you want on nutrition. Connie also invites you to sign up for her free newsletter.

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