Updated 18 September 2015

Aiming for a healthy balance

If all diets were as successful as they claimed, why is there an ever-increasing market for the next best diet and why do people in the western world seem to be getting fatter?


In the end, it's all about a healthy balance. But what exactly is this?

A balanced eating pattern should:

 - Consistent and help develop healthy eating habits permanently

- Include three meals spread throughout the day with small snacks in between

- Consist of 50-55% carbohydrate (fibre rich), 15-20% protein and about 30% or less fat

- Include a wide variety of foods from all food groups (dairy, meat, fish, poultry and eggs, starches, fruit and vegetables and fats)

- Be practical and implementable for your individual situation and needs

- Be combined with increased physical activity and behavioural changes where necessary

- Be be about moderation

Read more:

The Paleo diet – good health at a price
10 golden rules of Banting


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