Get the Right Balance of Carbs, Protein and Fat
A balanced diet is basic to a healthful and wholesome life. Consuming an appropriate balance of calories and nutrients helps keep you healthy. For purposes of meal preparation, allocate / apportion the recommended daily percentage of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) one should eat foods from the different food groups to create a “Balanced Plate”:
50% fruits and vegetables
25% fiber rich carbohydrate 25% protein rich foods
also drink Water
When making adjustments to your diet, do not try to modify everything all at once. Just concentrate on making one small improvement at a time. When you have succeeded with one, go on to the next change. Remember:
- Carbohydrates supply the energy needed during the early stages of exercise.
- Calories from fat provide energy when the exercise becomes extended (after carbohydrates are used up).
- Protein is required for building muscle.
- Carbohydrates and protein contain four calories per gram.
- Fats contain nine calories per gram.
Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, consume:
- 1,200 calories from carbohydrates (300 grams)
- 400 calories from protein (100 grams)
- 400 calories from fats (44 to 45 grams).
Too much protein can be unhealthy though. Talk to your doctor before increasing protein intake.