Healthy eating and exercise have more benefits that just managing your weight.
They are two paramount factors in preventing, or reducing the impact of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes.
A healthy balanced diet and exercise can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60%. This disease, once developed can often be maintained or controlled when the person follows a healthy eating plan and exercises.
Exercise and a proper diet have also been shown to slow the aging process. Physical activity is the most effective tool to improve quality of life and functional abilities in age related problems.
Exercise and healthy eating have been shown to prevent normal memory loss as well as Alzheimer’s. A lower caloric intake is seen to decrease a genic cause for Alzheimer’s and reduce plaques in those who have the disease.
Obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension, which are all risk factors for cardiovascular disease, can all be controlled with healthy eating habits and physical activity.
Generally stated, a healthy diet consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meats such as skinless poultry and fish, and whole grain carbohydrates. Try to avoid sugar, saturated fats, and always monitor the serving size.