Dieting: a Healthy and a Slimming Diet

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Dieting: a healthy and a slimming diet

A healthy diet:

Like any other machine, the body functions better or worse according to the fuel we feed it. Food is fuel, and our minds and bodies depend on it for the energy to be healthy and strong. Also, our body needs protein, minerals, vitamins and fibre. In order to get all of these it is important to choose a balanced, healthy diet. Before we cut down on fat, sugar and salt, we have to know a bit more about the kind of food these things might be in. The best way is to get into the habit of checking the ingredients and nutritional value on the sides of packets although this isn't always easy to do. Chemical additives in food certainly make it tastier and more attractive to look at when it consists mainly of sugar. This is dangerous not only for our body, but also for our teeth. You should cut down on sweets and soft drinks. Moreover, try to reduce or preferably cut out completely the sugar you take in tea or coffee. However, sugar is not the only danger. Salt can also be dangerous to our health. So, don't add salt to food. It’s better to add lemon juice, herbs or spices instead. Another thing to know is that we do need fat to live, it's an essential part of our diet and physically we couldn't exist without it. But we all know that to eat much fat is bad for our health. The matter is that there are different kinds of fat. There are fats that are good for us and fats that are bad for us. Eating the right kind of fat and getting rid of the wrong kind is what is needed to keep healthy. Needless to say, bad fats are the saturated fats, found in animal products, like red meat, milk, eggs and cheese. There are also very bad fats, which you should try to cut out. They are palm, cotton and coconut oil, chicken and beef fat, margarine. To reduce the saturated fat in your diet, firstly, grill food, don't fry it, secondly, choose low-fat products like skimmed milk, cheeses, etc. In fact, good fats are...