Q: In your opinion, what is the best diet plan for most adults?
Kavin Austin Blake: A diet low in sodium, cholesterol and fats can dramatically lower one’s risk of high blood pressure as well as heart disease. Trans and saturated fats – often found in margarines, fried foods, red meats and packaged foods – will increase this risk and should be eaten only in moderation. Instead, healthy diets are rich in vegetables, fruits, low-fat diary and whole grains.
Q: How many fruits and vegetables should I eat per day?
Kavin Austin Blake: Aim for about four to six servings of vegetables and four to six servings of fruits each day. Some suggested options include broccoli, spinach, raspberries, raisins, cherries and kale. Meanwhile, dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt are highly recommended to provide necessary calcium. Cereals and fruit juices can be excellent sources as well.
Q: What immediate results will I probably see after switching to an improved diet?
Kavin Austin Blake: As a result of this type of diet, you may see increased energy levels and fewer fluctuations in blood sugar. In addition to changing what foods you eat, make a decision to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Eating a nutritious breakfast also helps to keep us feeling refreshed and energized.
Q: Will I notice an improvement in my mental capacities?
Kavin Austin Blake: That is definitely possible. Proper nutrition protects the brain cells by increasing blood flow to the brain. As a result, many individuals are better served in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Q: How can I successfully maintain a proper weight?
Kavin Austin Blake: In order to prevent significant weight gain, we must maintain an even balance between calories eaten and calories burned. Nutrient-dense foods like lean proteins and whole grains generally contain fewer calories than sweets and sodas. Shedding weight also means reducing the risk of thyroid dysfunction and type-2 diabetes.