In today’s ultra-aware health conscious environment many people are opting to try a low fat diet plan or a tailored low cholesterol diet. Both of these offer the opportunity to not only lose weight but also to improve your general standard of health.
Adhering to a healthy diet plan can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing, as we shall see shortly. Fear not though, these plans need not be overcomplicated. Instead you may find that you need only make a few adjustments to your current diet to reap the benefits.
Why follow a healthy diet plan
Firstly, a controlled diet allows you to take control of your overall health. Many ailments can be linked to the consumption of either too much fat or the wrong types of fat. Some common examples of illnesses and ailments believed to be a result of a ‘fat-heavy’ diet include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Underactive/Overactive thyroid
This is in addition to the more common effects, such as weight gain and indigestion. Links between high cholesterol and fatty diets have also been made to those with mental health problems, such as stress and depression.
Dietary fat is essential for everybody as it allows the body to work better, through energy release and the presence of various vitamins (including A, D and E). Therefore we cannot simply remove all fats from our diet. Instead, we must find a suitable balance.
Simple things to look out for
Any low fat diet plan is only as good as its follower. As such, it’s important to make any dietary changes as simple as possible. Here are a few examples of ways in which you can reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Fruit and vegetables can be one of the most important of the staple food groups. By eating the right amount of vegetables and fruit, a dieter can greatly impact their weight and general health. Eating a salad or vegetable sticks (for example, carrots) in place of a sweet snack is a good start.
Although animal meat can contain a lot of fat and cholesterol, a good low cholesterol diet plan need not alienate meat-eaters. For starters, chicken and fish tend to be lower in statutory fat than other meats, meaning you can eat these several times in one week. Those wishing to enjoy the likes of beef, pork and lamb can simply choose leaner cuts of meat. It’s also worth remembering that processed meat and sausages tend not to be as good for you.
In any case, natural foods tend to be better for you and make up an important part of any cholesterol controlled diet.
Exercise is necessary
No diet plan can rely on food alone. To make the most of a low cholesterol diet you should also exercise regularly. This allows your body to not just digest meals but also to work-out muscles and the inner components. For example, a heart that is given a regular workout is likely to fight cholesterol related diseases harder than one that is not.
Fear not, you needn’t workout heavily. Your low fat diet plan need only factor in short exercise patterns (for example, a brisk 20 minute walk) to improve your health.