Diet, the best of the week from 12 to 18 April

Let's find out which foods to bring to the table to lose weight and stay healthy

After the Easter holidays and the inevitable binges, all that remains is to return to the right path: to arrive well prepared for the costume test next summer, we need to tighten our diet. What are the correct eating habits to be able to lose a few extra pounds and regain well-being?

More and more people are adopting the macrobiotic diet as a dietary model to lose weight, but in reality it is a real lifestyle that allows you to find harmony with yourself and with the environment. Inspired by the philosophy of yin and yang, the two polarities that characterize the basic energies on which everything is based, this dietary regime is characterized by some simple principles, to be followed consistently to obtain the maximum benefit.

A varied and balanced diet mainly involves the consumption of seasonal fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, while reducing the intake of animal proteins, simple sugars and refined flours. Among the typical foods included in the macrobiotic diet, miso soup stands out: from a nutritional point of view, it is rich in substances important for our health such as calcium, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and vitamin C.

However, following a food philosophy of this type could prove too challenging. No problem, because there are so many alternatives for those who want to lose weight and stay healthy. For example, after some excess at the table (just like at Easter), there is nothing better than following a diet to protect the liver. This organ plays a fundamental role in our metabolism, and when it accumulates too much fat in its cells it risks not functioning properly.

The professor. Pier Luigi Rossi, a specialist in Nutrition Sciences and Preventive Medicine, warns against fatty liver disease, a condition also known as "fatty liver". A diet that is too rich in carbohydrates can increase the risk of developing this disease, resulting in the liver being unable to metabolize insulin. Bringing cereals and legumes to the table helps not to raise blood sugar too quickly after meals, while foods containing omega-3 acids stimulate the gene modulation of the DNA of the liver cells, protecting its functionality.

As we have often reiterated, each of us has specific dietary needs, which change over the course of our life. There are particularly delicate periods, in which diet plays a particularly important role: this is the case of adolescence, when there is considerable physical and cognitive development that must be supported in the correct way by what we eat. However, many kids prefer junk foods to healthier foods, with the risk of developing overweight and obesity.

It is therefore good to adopt a better diet, as explained by Dr. Elena Dogliotti, nutritionist biologist and scientific supervisor of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation, in her book A diet for all ages. Nutrition and balance at every stage of life. In adolescence, it is important to fill up on fruit and vegetables every day, in order not to have deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, to limit the consumption of sugars and carbonated drinks and not to forget a hearty breakfast.

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