‘Healthy Living for Summer’: Having a balanced diet

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Dieting can be a frustrating experience, at times resulting in feelings of guilt or tempting cravings. In the seventh installment of ABC News’ “Healthy Living for Summer” series, we spoke with Shawn Stevenson, a nutritionist, author and host of the podcast “The Model Health Show,” who shared advice on how to get a balanced diet without necessarily having to diet.

PHOTO: Dieting tips and advice from nutritionist Shawn Stevenson.Galia Sotomayor/ABC News
Dieting tips and advice from nutritionist Shawn Stevenson.

“The actual cause of overeating, as it boils down to it, is that nutrient-deficiency contributes to chronic overeating,” Stevenson said. “We will need to be proactive with our nutrition, rather than reactive.”

Having a balanced lifestyle is preferable to sticking to a specific sort of diet, Stevenson advises.

Below is more advice Stevenson gave ABC News. See the video above for more details.

Quick tips

  • consume whole foods, or foods that are not as processed or processed
  • Have leafy green vegetables often
  • At the end of the day, be sure what you are eating is not nutrient-deficient
  • Incorporate short and intense exercises in your routine to fight stress and cravings
  • Get plenty of sleep — try exercising in the morning and prevent too much technology (or blue light exposure) at night
  • Think positively and avoid looking at food in terms of constraints — call it a “treat” meal, not a “cheat” meal
  • PHOTO: Dieting tips and advice from nutritionist Shawn Stevenson.Galia Sotomayor/ABC News
    Dieting tips and advice from nutritionist Shawn Stevenson.

    View ABC News discuss balanced eating in the movie above.
    This weekly wellness series will continue throughout the summer.

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