All diets can be divided into two main types, these types are: Diets for weight loss and medical diets . Then, every diet out there can be classified as a balanced diet or an unbalanced diet, again there are no exceptions, it is easy to see what type of diet you are looking at by just looking at the ingredients.
Balanced diets contains proteins, fats, carbs, fibre, vitamins and minerals, all and every thing required in your diet for health and a healthy body.
Unbalanced diets are those diets that only focus on, for example proteins, or that exclude carbohydrates or any diet that excludes any of the nutrients required for good health.
How much of what nutrient is required for you to be healthy depends on your age, sex and current health.
Diet fact: There are only a finite and specific amount of food, calories or kilojoules that you need to eat every day, everything that you consume additionally is stored as fat or discarded by your body.
To lose weight and for permanent weight loss you have to consume less than whatever that amount is.
When looking at any diet, start by looking at the author of that diet, is the diet clinically proven? Is the author qualified in any medical profession, has the results of any clinical trials been published in any respected journal? Is the diet a weight loss or medical diet and is it a balanced or unbalanced diet? How hard or easy will the diet be to follow, most importantly does the diet allow for personal tastes, preferences and are the items interchangeable to match your lifestyle?
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