A dieting plan is a regulated eating strategy that promotes weight loss and other health benefits. It is a great option for people who need to reduce their calories or those with chronic health conditions that require specific food restrictions.
A good diet plan will help you find healthier versions of your favorite foods and cut back on high-calorie, unhealthy foods. It should also be easy to follow for the long haul.
Reduced risk of chronic diseases
Many of the most prevalent health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and mental illnesses, are directly related to diet.1
These conditions account for 70% of annual deaths and result in high medical, rehabilitation and disability costs. Fortunately, most of these health conditions are preventable by maintaining a healthy diet and being physically active.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, while limiting added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium, can reduce the risk of developing these health conditions. Further, eating a healthful diet and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can help improve your overall health.
Improved mental health
Eating a diet rich in complex carbohydrates (quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes), lean proteins (chicken, fish) and minerals (magnesium, iron) improves mental functioning by giving your body and brain the nutrients they need. Although a healthy eating plan won’t cure depression or other mood disorders, research shows that it can reduce symptoms when used in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication. Other lifestyle habits, like exercising regularly and spending time with friends, also help maintain good mental health.