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Balanced Nutrition: Why It Makes Sense

Fitness Editor
Julia is a qualified fitness trainer. She writes our articles about nutrition and fitness. She also makes free workout plans for our site.

Tired of jumping from one diet to the next? With balanced nutrition, you can say goodbye to short-term success for your next beach holiday and focus on healthy eating.

First of all, we always have our nuts & berries mixture at hand for a quick snack. It provides you with good fats, high-quality proteins and the extra portion of valuable minerals and trace elements. The perfect mixed snack on the go and gives your body that extra kick it needs!

  Discover our nuts & berries mix

 

What is balanced nutrition?

A well-balanced diet is varied and colorful. It’s therefore important for your health and your individual well-being. 

Regardless of how healthy a single food is, it cannot provide your body with all the micro- and macronutrients you need. So it is not recommended to eat a one-sided diet. Healthy eating means taking advantage of a wide variety of food for health and eating them in the right proportions.  

For a healthy, more varied diet, we recommend that you use as many different food groups as possible when planning your meals. And we have tons of fitness recipes to help you start your journey!

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Why is balanced nutrition important?

Low carb or paleo nutrition isn’t your style? No one wants to be leaving out any food group for the rest of their lives!

A balanced diet doesn’t keep you from enjoying your life. It suits everything from your everyday plans to your grandma’s birthday!  

If you choose this sort of healthy eating, nothing is forbidden. Essentially, you are even advised to eat whatever you feel like to stay in good health, provided that the foods you eat even each other out.

Do you want to lose weight or build muscle? Keeping a good mix of calories is crucial to reaching your fitness goals. If you want to lose weight, you need to ensure you’re in a moderate calorie deficit. If you want to gain weight, you have to be in a calorie surplus.  

For optimal training results, it’s best to know how high your calorie requirement  is. 

The big advantage of these healthy diets, eating everything in proportion, is that even with a calorie deficit, there’s little chance of developing any deficiency in certain nutrients.

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If you reduce your calorie quantity, you’re more likely to choose your meals from the various food groups.  

What should I eat every day to be healthy?

We recommend a healthy diet to contain 50-65% carbohydrates, 15-25% proteins and 20-30% fats every day

In addition to a good ratio of macronutrients, micronutrient supply is also important.

The Eatwell Guide set of guidelines from the NHS recommends eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. So the saying “eat the rainbow” has to come from somewhere!

Micronutrients are vital for your body to ensure that it remains functional.

Do you feel like you’re constantly worrying about whether you’re eating a varied enough diet?  

The Teller method can help you make your everyday diet more versatile. It’s a really straight-forward method without having to remember numbers and percentages. 

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Mentally divide your plate or bowl into four parts. First, fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables. If you have a main meal, the vegetables should make up about half of your plate. 

We always recommend choosing more vegetables than fruit. Make sure that it looks as colorful as possible on your plate and don’t forget the extra portion of green vegetables! Spinach, kale and the like are the real energy kicks for your body.

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Fill about ¼ of your plate with healthy whole grains, whether it’s oatmeal, millet or classic pasta. Opt for whole grains whenever possible, as these not only consist of a high proportion of complex carbohydrates, but also provide you with important micronutrients and fiber.

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Fill the rest of your plate with vegetable proteins. Lentils and kidney beans are good sources here.

Don’t forget to top your food with a handful of nuts or seeds. This is how you get a super easy portion of good fats.

Still not sure if you are eating a healthy balanced diet? A nutrition diary, where you record your eating habits, can help you to understand your eating habits more consciously.

Our Conclusion

  • Balanced nutrition means varied nutrition  
  • There are no forbidden foods and no rules  
  • Eat as many colorful foods as possible  
  • Combine different food groups 

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