A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Children with a poor diet run the risk of growth and developmental problems and poor academic performance.
A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. In order to get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should obtain the majority of your daily calories from: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins.
The source of your daily calories is just as important as the number of calories you consume. You should limit your consumption of “empty calories.” The USDA defines empty calories as calories that come from sugars and solid fats, such as butter and shortening.nAccording to the USDA, Americans consume empty calories most often in: bacon, sausages, cakes, cheese, cookies, doughnuts, energy drinks, fruit drinks, ice cream, pizza, sports drinks, and sodas
The best way to achieve a well balanced diet is to plan ahead! Meal planning takes time and effort, but will certainly yield results. You are more likely to avoid purchasing junk foods when you meal plan. Plan meals that contain servings of fruit and/or vegetables in every meal. When planning your meals for the day, make sure to include at least 50g of protein. If you are trying to build muscle, eat as many grams of protein as you weigh in pounds. Most importantly, stay hydrated with lots of water. Avoid sugary drinks, especially when exerting energy.
Krans, Brian. “Balanced Diet.” Healthline. Healthline Media, 12 Feb. 2016. Web. 18 May 2017. <http://www.healthline.com/health/balanced-diet#calories2>.