Vivi Nation is passionate about promoting all aspects of health, fitness and wellbeing, not just the external benefits of improving these – such as physical appearance. As a result, we believe that the body needs a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t get me wrong, fad-dieting can work for some people, however for best results internally and externally a healthy diet that includes the recommended amounts of each food group will always work best (alongside a tailored exercise regime). Cutting out carbs to simply lose weight might seem great, but think of the other effects minimising carb intake can cause… When the word diet is mentioned a lot of people automatically thinks of starving themselves of a whole host of things but, in reality, a good diet can simply mean eating healthy, in moderation.

Eating healthy and balanced provides the right amount of nutrients to your body, which is a key factor to a good diet. These nutrients give you energy and keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working. They also help build and strengthen bones, muscles, and tendons and they regulate body processes, such as blood pressure – pretty key factors.

Good nutrition can also lower your risk of developing a range of chronic diseases. If you eat more fruit and vegetables it can help lower your blood pressure and may lower your risk of certain types of cancer (such as colorectal, breast, lung and prostate cancer). Eating less saturated fat may also lower your risk of heart disease.

Healthy eating can also help people that already have some types of disease or illness such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure. And, of course, improving your eating habits will contribute to you achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

So finally, try to achieve a balance with the foods you eat and include a lot of variety and remember, all things in moderation.

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