Fitness expert and licensed trainer Eugenio Pallisco agrees that nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand when striving for fitness goals. Developing a diet that complements physical exercise can also boost mental health; the gut is referred to as the body’s second brain.
In this article, Pallisco goes into greater detail about nutrition necessities, providing insight from his expertise to help readers better understand how to approach building a balanced diet to excel in overall health.
What are the key components of a balanced diet?
According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a healthy eating plate consists of balanced portions, which include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein. When building a healthy diet consisting of nutritional meals, committing to the proper variety of foods on a plate can help an individual stay on track and be more mindful about what to consume at each meal.
A plate deemed a healthy and balanced meal will be half-covered with fruits and vegetables. The remaining half of the plate should be split in two, dedicating a fourth of the plate to whole grains and the remaining fourth to protein. As for a healthy drink of choice, water, coffee, and tea are better options than sugary drinks and dairy products.
What are macronutrients?
Developing a balanced diet and sticking to it does not happen overnight. Baby steps lead to bigger steps, so those starting their nutritional journey should get accustomed to mindfully eating a healthy plate with balanced portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins. Exploring new whole and non-processed foods can be a fun adventure for those finding their preferred palate.
After establishing the healthy habit of eating more mindfully and creating more colorful plates, understanding macronutrients and micronutrients can take a balanced meal to the next level and further benefit overall health, energy levels, and fitness goals.
Macronutrients are the nutrients we get from food that give the human body energy. Humans consume considerable amounts of macronutrients, which include fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
What are micronutrients?
In opposition to macronutrients, micronutrients are consumed in much smaller quantities. Micronutrients are just as important as macronutrients. The foods we eat typically supply both micronutrients and macronutrients. Eggs, milk, fish, beans, and meat contain protein, a macronutrient, and vitamin D, iron, calcium, which are micronutrients.
There is no perfect balance
Balancing the right portion of macronutrients and micronutrients can be accomplished by including a wide variety of healthy choices in a daily diet. Keeping track of macronutrients and micronutrients for the sake of finding good balance can aid in maintaining a healthy body as well as boosting energy and focus levels during the day. However, there is no universal right formula for everyone to follow due to everybody being different and unique.
Finding one’s best balance of macronutrients and micronutrients involves eating the right portioned plate per meal and finding what healthy foods work best with the body and the tongue. Building a balanced diet takes time, patience, and practice, and finding foods that taste good will help the journey be long-term rather than a short-term health kick.
About Eugenio Pallisco
Fitness expert and licensed trainer Eugenio Pallisco works in Dallas, Texas. Pallisco is dedicated to assisting people in discovering joy and freedom in the movement of their bodies, whether through high-intensity or long-distance cardio, weightlifting, or sports training. He believes that everyone can change their body into a strong, healthy physique with the appropriate mindset, patience, and effort.