You hear this all of the time: A balanced diet is the key to healthy eating success. But what does that mean to you? Getting the right types and amounts of foods and drinks in your system supplies you with nutrition and energy. This helps maintain body cells, tissues, and organ function in support of normal growth and development. If your body receives too many of certain nutrients or not enough of others, you run the risk of not only developing weight problems but of also throwing off your body's other functions.
Eating the recommended amount of food from the different food groups and catering to your body's personal needs are all a part of maintaining a well-balanced diet. Fewer calories and smarter food choices are generally recommended under the new dietary guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). Cut back on the fats and enjoy a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy to keep everything in check.