What Makes A Healthy Diet Plan?
At Bodychef, we’ve been making personalised diet plans for over 16 years. As the UK’s first home delivery diet business, we’ve had a lot of time to think about what makes a truly healthy diet plan. Here are our tips to make sure your diet ticks all of the boxes!
A Healthy Diet Plan Needs Protein
Whether you’re eating low-carb, mediterranean or vegan, protein is an essential nutrient that we all need to survive. Making sure to include adequate protein is the first step in making your healthy diet plan.
Protein helps to fill you up and burn more calories, and this in turn helps you to lose weight. Protein is found in lean meats, fish, eggs, pulses and nuts which are all good sources. Grains contain less protein but still contribute towards your daily needs.
A Healthy Diet Plan Needs Fibre
Dietary fibre has a number of benefits to health and weight loss and so we make sure that every one of our diet plans contains a good serving of fibre. From improving gut health to decreasing appetite, fibre is an important part of a healthy diet plan.
Fibrous vegetables, such as broccoli, peas, and cauliflower, all contribute to your fibre intake. Nuts, seeds, pulses and whole grains add to your fibre intake too.
A Healthy Diet Plan Benefits From Complex Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates aren’t required by our bodies for us to survive, and our lower-carb diets do exclude all but a small allowance of carbohydrates. If you do choose to include carbohydrates in your diet, make sure they’re whole grains, fibrous vegetables and starchy vegetables. These are rich in complex carbohydrates and will keep you full. Refined carbohydrates don’t fill you up in the same way and contain less protein and fibre.
A Healthy Diet Plan Needs Healthy Fats
Dietary fat is an essential part of our diet, it supports a number of hormonal and metabolic functions. There should be a combination of different types of fat in a health diet plan, this includes saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, with a mixture of omega-3 and omega-6. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry! We take care of all of that for you!
A Healthy Diet Plan Provides Enough Vitamins And Minerals
While some dietary choices may require supplementation, for example vegans may need to consume supplemental vitamin b-12, your diet should take care of the majority of your nutritional needs without the need for additional supplements. This is done by making sure your nutritious diet plan includes minimally processed foods from a range of different sources. That said, we recommend that anyone consuming a diet of 1600 calories or fewer take a multivitamin/multimineral supplement for optimal health.
If you’d like to eliminate the guesswork and have a healthy diet plan delivered to your door, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to advise on the best diet plan for you.