There are tons of definitions of healthy in a diet. Here’s where you have to decide which diet you want to use. I prefer a low-carb diet. But most healthy diets have some things in common.
- They Are Low in Added Sugar. I think reducing and eliminating sugar is very important. Sara Lee may say different. There is plenty of evidence that sugar is one of the main culprits in obesity.
- They Eliminate Refined Carbohydrates. Many diets eliminate certain foods. Vegans eliminate meat. Low-carb eliminates grains. But refined carbs are mostly empty carbs that the body processes into sugar.
- They Eliminate Industrial Vegetable Oils. Truly healthy oils are coconut oil and olive oil. Other processed oils are just poor fat for the body.
- They Eliminate Artificial Trans Fats. All diets know this fat is the bad fat. Most manufacturers are trying to eliminate it.
- They Are High in Vegetables and Fiber. Back to the vegetable thing. You really can’t go wrong if you eat plenty of veggies, especially cruciferous, and greens.
- They Focus on Foods Instead of Calories. If you can figure out the healthy foods, which are usually found in the perimeter of the grocery store, then follow what makes sense. Dieters know what makes them have problems—trigger foods. Avoid foods that make you want to eat more.
If you are totally confused about what to eat, use the old adage if it tastes good, spit it out. (For greater detail for eating healthy, I recommend AuthorityNutrition website.)