Let's clear up one thing before we start. Fats
are not bad for you. You must keep this in mind if you want to know
what to eat on a diet. There are still many sources that will tell
you that fats are simply bad for you but cannot backup their claims
with any good scientific or medical evidence.
In fact, these sources may produce far more
detrimental results then you might expect. False information can
sometimes trigger the fear of eating too much in certain individuals
leading to eating disorders like anorexia.
In order to have a healthy balanced diet, we
need energy and much of this energy is produced when fat is burned.
Under certain extreme conditions our bodies will burn up the fat
stored in order to release energy and help prevent starvation.
Simply put, we need fat.
The key to what to eat on a diet is everything
in moderation and should include fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and
dairy products. There will of course be some exceptions to this
because of certain allergies or religious beliefs. These together
with vegetarian and vegan diets will be treated separately.
There are extremes such as the
Atkins diet that you may or may not want to follow. Basically this is a low
carbohydrate diet where you can eat as much protein and fat as you
Although it has been shown to produce good
weight loss results for many of the followers of the Atkins diet,
the problem is that carbohydrates are seen as the bad boy food and
given the red light. This is possibly due to the fact that when
carbohydrates are broken down in the body, it can lead to an
increase in body fat and weight gain.
However, carbohydrates are needed for vital
metabolic processes in the body and are important constituents of
our cells. This should be taken into consideration if you decide
this diet is for you.
Again, moderation is the key. Eat too much and
you will put on weight.
So, what should you eat on a diet?
In conclusion, this will depend on your
personal taste and for how long you will diet for. A high protein
and low carb diet may be a short term solution but for the longer
term a healthy well balanced diet is essential.