What is an Eating Disorder?

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A person can be thin or overweight & have an eating disorder...

An eating disorder is generally defined in anyone who has an obsession with their diet, whether they are thin or overweight.

Why We Eat

Yes, we should be very conscious of what we eat for many reasons.

- Physical Health

- Body Image

- Emotional Health

- Overall well-being of feeling fit so we can be all we want to be.

However, if you find yourself being consumed by everything that you consume - WARNING!

Stop, Look, Listen to your body talk. You need a plan, a good diet plan in your life.

Proper Nutrition, Healthier Life & Potentially a Longer Life

As a young adult, there are specific things that you need in order to achieve a healthy, fit adult body. If you don't get the proper nutrition you need, you'll look old before your time - and we're not talking mature-looking. We're talking Yoda-looking, minus the green hue and wild-looking eyes.

The first thing you'll need to do when creating your eating plan is to find out your 'ideal' weight or your 'goal' weight. At times it is also referred to as 'recommended, best or perfect' weight. Simply put - you'll need a goal number; you can adjust your daily diet up or down as you move towards that number.

When it comes to these 'perfect weight charts' it is vital to remember that they are not set in stone. Only you and your doctor can establish your healthiest weight.

Calories to Support Healthy Weight, a Must for Losing Weight Permanently

Next, determine how many calories you need in order to maintain that weight.

If you are overweight, simply subtract a few calories from your current daily calorie intake until you obtain your 'ideal' weight.

A good source for this information is your family physician who can suggest how many calories per day that you should be consuming.

The amount is based on several influencing factors - your age, your height, your activity level, your gender, muscle mass and metabolic rate.

Adjusting to a Healthier Diet for Weight Loss Success, Healthier Body

Each day, until you get accustomed to your daily diet plan, decide what you are going to eat the night before - or that morning before striking out on your journey.

Be sure and incorporate all the five basic foods you need and then stick to your plan.

Those food groups are: Fruit, Vegetable, Protein, Dairy and Grain. Opt to include whole grains in your daily diet as they make more nutritious choices over the non-whole grain foods.

Eat smart for a long, healthy life!


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