Recently we discussed the difference between health foods and healthy foods. We also talked about the contents of the health food aisle and who benefits from those foods. It can be daunting to put together a healthy diet that’s right for you. Here Dr. George Fielding discusses some general dietary guidelines for choosing healthy foods.
Balancing Your Diet with Healthy Foods for Weight Loss
First and foremost, if you are struggling with obesity or have weight-related health issues, speak with your doctor. You may have underlying health issues that call for specific dietary advice. If you are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes, you will need a diet that helps control your blood sugar levels. With high cholesterol, you will require a lower fat diet with less meat. If you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and would like to pursue that option, your doctor will recommend a specific pre-surgery diet.
Generally speaking, your balanced diet will contain:
Fruits. Whole fruits should be your emphasis, but canned, frozen and dried fruits are also fine. Just be sure check for added sugar.
Vegetables. Ideally you should regularly eat vegetables of different types and colors.
Grains. At least half your daily grain intake should be whole grains.
Protein. Just as with vegetables, you should be sure to get protein from different sources including beans, nuts, seafood, eggs and soy products.
Dairy. In filling your daily dairy allowance, you should consume low-fat or fat-free milk products.
The amounts of each will depend on how many calories it is ideal for you to consume daily. From there, you can download a handy checklist to keep track of your daily targets depending on your calorie goals. Don’t forget to subtract 500 calories per day if you would like to lose weight. If you have concerns about food allergies or other dietary issues restricting your intake, talk with you doctor for advice.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. George Fielding
Do you need dietary advice or other help with weight loss? Dr. George Fielding and his fellow weight loss experts at the the NYU Langone Weight Management Program are ready to help. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 212-263-3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.