What is the secret to living a good life? The secret to living a good life is living a healthy life. Like everything to do with your body, good health begins with a healthy diet. And a healthy diet is one that is balanced and nutritious. Now a healthy diet varies from person to person. There is no one size fits all when it comes to eating food or following a diet. If you are really serious about figuring out the best diet for you, you should see a doctor and nutritionist so that they can make you a customized diet plan.

Now although there’s a “right diet” for every person, all healthy diets tend to have a few things in common.

1.Multiple food groups

There are lots of diet plans out there, especially in the “lose weight” variety, that restrict you from eating certain food groups. Really, you don’t want to fully exclude any food group. It is important that you eat a wide variety of different foods so that you include a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and health benefits in your diet. You will definitely feel it if you end up deprived of certain nutrients.

2.Vegetables and Fruit

Your mom, your grandma, your teachers, your doctor, everybody really has told you to eat your veggies. They did it for a reason. Fruits and vegetables have some of the most important nutrients for your body’s functionality. They also have practically no calories, so you won’t put on weight eating your veggies. Make sure you snack in on fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Carry insulated food jars for fruits and vegetables, so you can have them fresh when your mid-day hunger pangs hit you.

3.Grains

If you’ve heard and been hearing many stories of carbs being the cause of many health conditions and how you should do everything you can to eat less carb, you are not alone. That’s not quite the entire story though; you only want to avoid processed and refined grains. Whole grains like oatmeal are amazing for you. So, portion control is the key. However, if you are adhering to a low-carb diet suggested by your nutritionist or physician, make sure you follow their dietary guidance.

4.Protein

Protein is the building block of cells. Your body needs protein to repair tissue damage and provide your body with slow burning energy. Even if you don’t eat meat, you need to include protein in your diet. Try beans, legumes, or tofu. If you are not a fan of salads much, try including them cooked as a gravy or curry in your diet. In fact, a cup of protein every meal works well for most people. Make sure you carry vegetables, or egg or meat, a protein of your choice in your lunchbox. Choose a lunchbox that you can compartmentalize, so you can carry more than one side to your main carbohydrate dish.

5.Dairy

Dairy products like milk and cheese are some of the best sources of calcium which is necessary to build strong bones. If you can’t eat dairy for whatever reason, eat calcium rich fruits and vegetables.

There really is no diet tailor made for weight loss. Just like skin care, weight-loss diets need to be customized as per individual requirements. Whatever diet you choose to follow, complement it with an active lifestyle, healthy and stress-free schedules and an exciting hobby. It only on you to make the whole transformation journey interesting and fun.